Capture the look of live coral formations with this glittering bracelet that can double as a choker. Swarovski crystal adds sparkle and elegance. This piece has a remarkable tactile feel in the hand and is a joy to wear.
Creating the core:
Cut a length of beading wire approximately 11 inches long. String on one crimp tube, one size 8 seed bead, and half of your toggle. Pass the end of the beading wire back through the size 8 seed bead and the crimp tube. Using chain-nose pliers, compress the center section of the crimp tube; securing the clasp end.
String size 8 beads onto the beading wire until the core bracelet goes around your wrist, minus the length of the other half of the clasp.
String on one crimp bead, one size 8 seed bead, the other half of your clasp, then pass the beading wire back through the size 8 and the crimp tube. Be sure to leave slack between the beads so you can get your needle in between the beads; crimp the crimp tube as you did before.
You have completed the core of your fringe bracelet and are now ready to begin adding fringe.
Adding the fringe:
Thread your needle with about 3 yards of thread--do not knot the end.
Bring the thread through the first size 8 bead in the core. Pull the thread through the bead, leaving about a 6-inch tail which you'll use to knot with later.
Add two (or three) size 11 beads and one fringe bead. Bring your needle back through the two size 11 beads then through the next size 8 bead in the core.
You've just created your first fringe.
Add fringe at this length between the first two or three size 8 beads in the core then increase the fringe to three size 11 and a fringe bead. Repeat this for a few size 8 beads then increase to four size 11 and a fringe bead.
Continue adding fringe down the length of the core bracelet.
Repeat the same pattern of fringe back down the length of the core to complete two rows of fringe.
Begin a third row of fringe. To add more texture, begin to add crystals to the end of the fringe instead of the fringe beads. To do this, add your size 11 beads, one 4mm diamond crystal, then a size 15 seed bead. Pass the needle back through the crystal and the size 11 beads, then through your next size 8 in the core bracelet.
The size 15 will be your stop bead and hold your fringe in place.
Add fringe-bead and crystal fringe down the entire length of the core to complete the third row of fringe.
Is your bracelet full enough? If so, you can stop here. If not, add another row of fringe. Continue to create up to five full rows of fringe.
When you're done, trim all thread ends.
Creating the second bracelet:
Cut a length of beading wire approximately 11 inches long. String on one crimp tube, one cube crystal, and half of your toggle. Pass the end of the beading wire back through the cube crystal and the crimp tube. Using chain-nose pliers, compress the center section of the crimp tube; securing the clasp end.
String crystals onto the beading wire until the bracelet goes around your wrist, minus the length of the other half of the clasp.
Crimp the beading wire onto the second half of the toggle--be sure to leave slack between the crystals so your beads drape nicely and aren't rigid.
You have completed the second bracelet--wear it on your wrist with the fringed bracelet, or link corresponding halves of the toggles and wear around your neck for a dramatic choker!
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