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Arbel, Advertising Designer, Marketing Events Group, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®To learn more about Arbel Shemesh, read her jewelry artist success story here
Wind a wreath of holiday-inspired luxury around your wrist with this lush bracelet. The cha-cha bracelet base makes it versatile and comfortable, and Swarovski Crystal pearls add incomparable luster. All you need besides the components are a couple pairs of pliers ... and your creativity!
Designing your bracelet: Pour a combination of beads onto your work surface; keep adding and subtracting beads of different colors until you have a combination that is pleasing to your eye, just like a painter's palette.
Your work station: Stretch your bracelet base over a small display pillow (or similar item); this will keep both your hands free while you work. Place the display pillow in a vertical position in a little bowl or anything circular that will support it so that you can work on your bracelet without the pillow wiggling around.
Tips: If you are right handed start adding beads to the bracelet from the left loop going to the right. If you are left handed, add beads from the right to the left. This will keep you from having to climb over the beads you just added as you add the next row. Also, it is most comfortable to add the beads going up the bracelet for the same reason; the beads you just added will lie down, keeping them out of your way.
|Place a bead onto a headpin. Using your round-nose pliers, make a hook at the end of your headpin and pass the hook through the left loop on the bracelet, working from the bottom of the loop to the top.|
|Using chain-nose pliers, hold the end of the wire and complete the loop. Continue to turn the loop, forming a second loop right next to the first, similar to a splitring or a key-chain ring. As you are forming the second loop make sure both loops are close together and going into the loop on the bracelet for a second time, this will give you peace of mind that you have a secure loop and the beads won't fall off.|
|Keep attaching headpins with beads along the entire bracelet, filling in the places where the metal still shows through, and doubling up on the loops if you want a really full look.
It is good to attach a lot of the 8mm beads on the outside of the bracelet as they will do a better job of hiding the metal edge than the 6mm beads.
The silver Hill Tribes pieces are optional and when added will turn your cha-cha bracelet into a cha-cha charm bracelet.
|Place a pair of chain or flat-nose pliers on each side of a jumpring. Open the jumpring by moving one plier away from you and holding the other one steady.|
|Bring the jumpring through the hole or loop on the Hill Tribes silver piece and through a loop on the bracelet; close the jumpring. When closing, slightly press the sides of the ring in toward each other to give tension at the joint when the ring is closed.
Enjoy your Cha-Cha bracelet!
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