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Crystal cluster bracelet

Swarovski oval crystals make this wedding bracelet sparkle

Crystalclusterbracelet

Inspired by a white lace wedding dress, this design features beads with aurora borealis finish, adding a colorful reflection. Using crossweave technique, clusters fan outward from a zigzag base of oval-shaped crystals. The Swarovski ovals are available in three colors, and colored bicone crystals along the edges change the look of the bracelet. 

Materials

Bracelet 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm)

  • 17 7.5 x 5 mm Swarovski oval crystals (jewelrysupply.com, 866-380-7464866-380-7464 FREE)
  • 80 6 x 4 mm oval crystals (jewelrysupply.com)
  • 80 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 3 mm bicone crystals
       80 color A
       17 color B
  • Clasp
  • 4 in. (10 cm) medium-link chain
  • 2 6 mm soldered jump rings
  • 2 5 mm jump rings
  • 2 2 x 2 mm crimp beads
  • 2 crimp covers
  • Illusion cord, .010
  • flexible beading wire, .014
  • 2 pairs of pliers
  • crimping pliers
  • wire cutters

Instructions

When working in crossweave technique, the right-hand cord becomes the left-hand cord and vice versa each time the cords are crossed through a bead.

 


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Figure 1

[1] On 3 yd. (2.7 m) of Illusion cord, center a 7.5 x 5 mm oval crystal and four color A 3 mm bicone crystals (Figure 1). With one cord, string an A, and cross the other cord through it. Snug up the beads.

[2] With the right-hand cord, string a 6 x 4 mm oval crystal, a 4 mm bicone crystal, and a 6 x 4 mm. Cross the left-hand cord through the last 6 x 4 mm strung in this step (Figure 2, a-b and g-h).

[3] With the right-hand cord, string a 4 mm and a 6 x 4 mm. With the left-hand cord, go through the next A, and cross through the 6 x 4 mm just added (b-c and h-i). Snug up the beads.

[4] Repeat step 3 twice (c-d and i-j).

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Figure 2

[5] With the right-hand cord, string a 4 mm and a 7.5 x 5 mm. With the left-hand cord, go through the next A, and cross through the 7.5 x 5 mm (d-e and j-k).

[6] With the right-hand cord, string five As. Cross the left-hand cord through the last A strung in this step (e-f and k-l).

[7] Repeat steps 2-6, but alternate the cord used to string the beads and the cord crossing through the beads for each unit (Figure 3, a-b and c-d).

 

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Figure 3

[8] Alternate between steps 2-6 and step 7 to make a total of 16 units, but omit step 6 in the last repeat.

[9] Tie a concealed square knot in the last 7.5 x 5 mm. Weave the cords back through the beadwork, and trim.

[10] Cut a 12-in. (30 cm) piece of beading wire, and string a crimp bead and a 6 mm soldered jump ring on one end. Go back through the crimp bead, and tighten the wire, leaving a 3/8-in. (1 cm) tail. Crimp the crimp bead. String a color B 3 mm bicone crystal, and go through the next-to-last 7.5 x 5 mm on the end you just completed (Figure 4, a-b).

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Figure 4

[11] String a B, and go through the next 7.5 x 5 mm (b-c). Repeat for the length of the bracelet, exiting the 7.5 x 5 mm in the first unit.

[12] String a B, a crimp bead, and a 6 mm soldered jump ring. Go back through the crimp bead, the B, and the 7.5 x 5 mm, and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead, and trim the wire.

[13] Cut a 4-in. (10 cm) piece of chain. Open a 5 mm jump ring, and attach a 6 mm soldered jump ring, half of the clasp, and an end link of the chain. Close the jump ring. Repeat on the other end of the bracelet to attach the other half of the clasp and the other end link of the chain. Close a crimp cover over each crimp.

 

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