Bracelet with Fancy Jasper, Rhodonite and Amazonite Gemstone Beads
-- Designer --
Jennifer, Copy Administrator, Marketing Content Development Group, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
- Bead, fancy jasper, 5x2mm faceted flat round
- Bead, fancy jasper, 9x6mm faceted rectangle
- Bead, fancy jasper, 18x15x10mm faceted teardrop
- Bead, amazonite, 9x6mm faceted rectangle
- Bead, rhodonite, 12x6mm faceted flat round
- Bead, rose quartz, 18x15mm top-drilled faceted teardrop
- Bead, sterling silver, 5x1.5mm rondelle
- Bracelet, sterling silver, 9mm wide with large textured and small smooth links, 7-1/2 inches
- Jumpring, sterling silver, 5mm round
- Headpin, sterling silver, 2-inch, 26 gauge
- Wire, sterling silver, dead-soft, round, 24 gauge
Start with the premade bracelet on the materials list. The bracelet chain has three different kinds of links. Attach a large teardrop bead to each of the large textured links. Attach a rhodonite flat round bead to each of the wide, small, single links. Then attach both a small flat round and a rectangle, one of each, on the small paired links.
The large teardrops are hung from double loops that have been wire wrapped. To do this, cut a 4-inch piece of wire. Put the wire through the hole in the teardrop bead, making sure that there are equal lengths of wire coming out each side of the bead. Bend both sides of the wire up towards the top of the teardrop.
||Leaving a 1/8 inch of space to wrap wire, make a loop using the round-nose pliers and wrap both lengths of the wire around the pliers to make the loop. Using the round-nose pliers to hold the loop, wrap the excess wire around the 1/8 inch of exposed wire that is between the loop and the top of the teardrop. Cut off any excess wire you may have and use the chain-nose pliers to lightly press in the ends of the wire to make them flush against the wrapped wire and not sticking or poking out.
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to prepare two rose quartz teardrops and four or five fancy jasper teardrops, depending on the number of large textured links in your bracelet chain.
||Count the number of paired links in the chain. For each of the paired links, string one small faceted flat round bead on a headpin. Cut the wire off 3/8 inch above the bead and make a loop.
||String a flat silver spacer, then an amazonite rectangle on a headpin. Cut the wire off 3/8 inch above the bead and make a loop. Repeat this step to make enough dangles for half the pairs of links. Repeat this step, using fancy jasper rectangles for the other half of the link pairs.
String a flat spacer and a rhodonite flat round bead on a headpin and make a loop above the bead, as in Step 4. Repeat this step to make the same number of dangles as wide single links in the chain.
The bracelet chain has three different kinds of links. Open a jumpring, use to attach a teardrop to a large textured link. Hang two fancy jasper teardrops on the two center large textured links. Put a rose quartz teardrop on each side of the center, and hang fancy jasper teardrops outside the two rose quartz teardrops. Attach a rhodonite flat round bead to each of the wide small single links. Then attach both a small flat round and rectangle, one of each (alternating fancy jasper and amazonite), on the small paired links.
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