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Use leftover beads in an easy bracelet

Crystals, gemstones reflect the colors in the focal bead
Use leftover beads in an easy bracelet

To unify the different types of beads in this bracelet, choose crystals and gemstones to reflect the colors in the focal bead. Make big, bold hoop earrings to match.

Read instructions on how to make the bracelet below, or download the free project PDF above, which includes additional earring instructions.

Supply List

Bracelet

  • 15–25mm focal bead
  • 60–80 3–15mm beads (lamp-worked beads by Joanna Mueller, sleekbeads.com)
  • 2–5 15–20mm metal charms
  • 20–30 3–6mm spacers
  • 2 bead caps for focal bead
  • flexible beading wire, .018 or .019
  • 24-gauge half-hard wire (3 in./7.6cm for each top-drilled bead)
  • 1 in. (2.5cm) chain, 5–6mm links
  • 25–40 2-in. (5cm) head pins
  • 20–30 5mm soldered jump rings
  • 2–10 4mm jump rings
  • 2 crimp beads
  • lobster claw clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)
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Step 1
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Step 2

1. On a head pin, string beads and spacers as desired, and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make 25 to 40 dangles. Set one dangle aside for step 7.

2. Attach each dangle to a soldered jump ring and complete the wraps. On some jump rings, attach a second dangle.

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Step 3
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Step 4

3. To make a top-drilled-bead dangle: Cut a 3-in. (7.6cm) piece of wire. String the bead and make a set of wraps above it. Make the first half of a wrapped loop above the wraps. Attach a soldered jump ring and complete the wraps.

4. To make a charm dangle: Open a 4mm jump ring. Attach the charm and a soldered jump ring. Close the jump ring.           

If desired, attach a second 4mm jump ring and a dangle.

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Step 5
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Step 6

5. Cut a piece of beading wire. On the wire, center: 6–15mm bead, bead cap, focal bead, bead cap, 6–15mm bead.

6. On each end, string a dangle and a 6–15mm bead. Repeat until the bracelet is within 1 in. (2.5cm) of the desired length. End with a 6–15mm bead.

Tip!

String 6–15mm beads on each side of the dangles so the jump rings stay in place.

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Step 7
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Step 8

7. To make an extender: Cut a 1-in. (2.5cm) piece of chain. Attach a dangle to the chain. Complete the wraps.

8. On one end, string a spacer, a crimp bead, a spacer, and a lobster claw clasp. Repeat on the other end, substituting the extender for the clasp. Check the fit, and add or remove beads from each end if necessary. Go back through the beads just strung and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp beads and trim the excess wire.

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