Triple-Strand Bracelet with Swarovski Crystal Beads and Sterling Silver Chain
-- Designer --
Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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- Bead, Swarovski crystal, padparadscha, 3mm bicone (13 beads)
- Bead, Swarovski crystal, light rose, 4mm bicone (18 beads)
- Bead, Swarovski crystal, crystal AB, 4mm bicone (14 beads)
- Bead, Swarovski crystal, crystal clear, 4mm bicone (28 beads)
- Bead, Swarovski crystal, padparadscha, 4mm bicone (19 beads)
- Bead, Swarovski crystal, crystal clear, 6mm bicone (4 beads)
- Bead, Swarovski crystal, light rose, 6mm cube (2 beads)
- Bead, Swarovski crystal, padparadscha, 6mm cube (2 beads)
- Headpin, sterling silver, 1-1/2 inch, 22 gauge (27 headpins)
- Chain, sterling silver, 3.6mm flat cable
- Chain, sterling silver, 5.7mm heavy cable
- Wire, sterling silver, half-hard, round, 20 gauge
- Pliers, chain-nose
- Pliers, flat-nose
- Pliers, round-nose
- Pliers, flush-cutters
How to create a stunning bracelet using crystal and bulk chain.
Cut three lengths of flat cable chain long enough to just fit around your wrist, approximately 6-1/2 inches.
||String one bicone crystal onto a headpin. Pass the headpin through the center link of one length of chain. Add two 4mm bicone crystals, then pass the headpin through the center link of another length of chain. Add two 4mm bicone crystals, then pass the headpin through the center link of the third length of chain. Add one more 4mm bicone crystal.
||Add headpins with crystals, spaced evenly, down the length of the chain, leaving approximately 1-inch of chain on each end without headpins.
||Add one 4mm and one 3mm bicone crystal onto a headpin. Make a simple loop to create a crystal dangle. Open the loop slightly--opening the loop up, not out to the side--and attach the dangle to a simple loop at the bottom of a headpin in the bracelet. Close the loop of the dangle, securing it in place.
Repeat, adding a dangle to the loop on each headpin.
||Open a jumpring and pass one open end through the last link of all three pieces of chain, keeping them in order. Add the loop on the lobster clasp, then close the jumpring.
||Cut a 3-inch piece of 20-gauge wire. Begin a wrapped loop (see ''Making a wrapped loop'' instructions) 1-1/2 inches down from one end of the wire. Before wrapping the loop closed, add the last link of all three pieces of chain into the loop. Close the loop and continue wrapping the wire until it is secure. Begin a wrapped loop on the other half of the wire and before closing, insert a 2 - 3-inch length of heavy cable chain into the loop. Close the loop and wrap the wire until it is secure.
||Add one 4mm bicone crystal, one 6x6mm cube crystal, and one 4mm bicone crystal onto a headpin. Make a wrapped loop, attaching the loop to the last link of the heavy cable chain before wrapping the loop closed.
Your bracelet is now complete!
Making a simple loop:
Using round or chain-nose pliers, grip the wire of the headpin just above the last bead added. Bend the wire to a 90 degree angle. Using wire cutters, trim the wire to 3/8 inch. Grip the end of the cut wire with the tip of the round-nose pliers; have very little wire peaking through above the barrels of the pliers. Rotate your wrist away from your body, turning the wire into a loop. If necessary, adjust the loop so it is centered over the top of the beads.
Making a wrapped loop:
Hold the round-nose pliers so the jaws are horizontal and grasp the piece of wire 1-1/2 inches below one end. With your free hand, bend the tip of the wire to a 90 degree angle. Place the pliers so the jaws are now vertical with one jaw above and the other below the angled section of wire. Bring the tip of the wire up and over the top jaw of the pliers so it is now facing down at about an 80 degree angle. Place the pliers so they are horizontal again, one jaw in the loop and one jaw out and to the right. With chain or flat-nose pliers or your free hand, grasp the tip of the wire and direct it behind the length of wire extending down. Using chain-nose pliers, open the loop about 1/4 inch; be sure to do this by lifting the loop up, not out to the side. Thread on any components being secured at this time. Close the loop and grasp it with chain-nose pliers. Grasp the tip of the wire with flat-nose pliers and wrap it around the straight length of wire below the loop, making approximately three revolutions. Trim any excess wire then press in the cut end with chain-nose pliers.
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