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WireLace and Swarovski bead bracelet

Combine Swarovski big-hole beads with WireLace for a stunning bracelet you can make in a jiffy! 
 

SUPPLIES

Blueberry bracelet, 7 1⁄2 in. (19.1 cm)

  • 60 in. (1.524 m) 3 mm WireLace in each of 3 colors*:
    • A (navy)
    • B (tanzanite)
    • C (azure)
  • 1 Alacarte Simplicity magnetic acrylic clasp (blue)*
  • 1 Swarovski BeCharmed Medley bead*
  • rigid 2-ply illustration board, 7 1⁄2 x 3 in. (19.1 x 7.6 cm) 
  • scissors
  • two-part all-purpose clear-drying epoxy (5-minute dry time)
  • bamboo skewer or #13 or larger needlepoint needle
  • clip with smooth jaws
  • craft knife

* available at www.wirelace.com

Basics

  • square knot

INSTRUCTIONS

WireLace and Swarovski bead bracelet a
Photo a
1. Create a jig with two-ply illustration board: Begin by cutting it to 71⁄2 x 3 in. (19.1 x 7.6 cm). Cut a notch on each short side that is 1⁄4-in. (6 mm) wide and 11⁄2 in. (3.8 cm) tall (half the height of the board). These notches will allow you to wrap the WireLace easily without it slipping. If you want to adjust the size of your bracelet, be sure to adjust the jig as well by changing the size of the initial board. The WireLace portion of the bracelet is 1⁄2 in. (1.3 cm) shorter than the desired bracelet length. The notched portion of the jig should equal that length.
WireLace and Swarovski bead bracelet b
Photo b
WireLace and Swarovski bead bracelet c
Photo c

2. Cut 60 in. (1.52 m) of color A WireLace. Leaving a 2-in. (5 cm) tail, clip one end to a short edge of the jig near the notch. Wrap the WireLace four times around the 7-in. (18 cm) portion of the jig (photo a). Wrap each layer on top of the previous one, keeping the WireLace smooth and flat. Tie the ends with a square knot, and then slide one tail under all the color A strands (photo b). 

3. Using color B WireLace, repeat step 2, wrapping color B over the color A strands. Separate the tails, one on each side of the knot (photo c).

 
WireLace and Swarovski bead bracelet d
Photo d
WireLace and Swarovski bead bracelet e
Photo e
4. Starting on the other end of the jig, repeat step 2 with color C WireLace layering it on top of colors A and B. After tying the knot, slide each color C tail under all the strands at this end. Make sure the tails go in opposite directions (photo d), and pull tight to gather all the strands. Tie a square knot on top of all the strands, leaving no gap (photo e).
 
WireLace and Swarovski bead bracelet f
Photo f
WireLace and Swarovski bead bracelet g
Photo g

5. Using the color A tails at the other end, tie another square knot around all the strands. Using the color B tails, tie half of a square knot (photo f).

6. Slide the WireLace off the jig. Squeeze and roll each end between your fingertips to taper the ends. Slide a large-hole bead to the center of the WireLace (photo g), and trim the ends flush to the knot.

WireLace and Swarovski bead bracelet h
Photo h

7. Mix a small amount of two-part epoxy according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and fill the well of one half of the clasp about one-quarter full. Let the clasp sit well-side up while you fill the other clasp half. Put a dab of epoxy on the knotted end of the WireLace, and insert it into the clasp. Using a blunt needle or bamboo skewer that’s had its sharp tip cut off, push the WireLace into the clasp to make sure it’s fully inserted (photo h). Wipe off any excess glue that seeps out. Repeat on the other end, and allow to dry.

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