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Easy charm bracelets

String dangles on snap swivels
Easy charm bracelets
Choose a mix of matte and shiny beads to re-create these colorful bracelets.

These lively bracelets feature snap swivels, a component that’s more at home in a tackle box than on a beading table. The easy-to-use connectors create an unexpected background for all kinds of beads, but I like using bright colors in a monochromatic palette. One thing that’s certain – you won’t end up fishing for compliments.

SUPPLIES

Bracelet 7 1⁄2 in. (19.1cm)

  • 50 10–20mm glass beads (Fire Mountain Gems, firemountaingems.com)
  • 4g size 6/0 or 8/0 seed beads
  • 50 head pins
  • 17 snap swivels (available in fishing supply departments)
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

Editor’s note: To vary your bracelet’s appearance, try using wood, ceramic, or shell beads. String crystals or pairs of seed beads next to the larger beads for more variation among the dangles.

INSTRUCTIONS
Easy charm bracelets  Step 1
Step 1
On a head pin, string a seed bead, a 10–20mm bead, and a seed bead.
Easy charm bracelets  Step 2
Step 2
Make a wrapped loop and trim the excess wire. Make a total of 50 bead units.
Easy charm bracelets  Step 3
Step 3
Arrange the bead units on your work surface as desired. 
Easy charm bracelets  Step 4
Step 4
Open a snap swivel using chainnose pliers. String a bead unit, the loop of the toggle bar, and a bead unit. Close the swivel.
Easy charm bracelets  Step 5
Step 5
Open another swivel. String a bead unit, the soldered end of the snap swivel (not the swivel section) from the previous step, and two bead units. Close the swivel. Repeat step 4, connecting a total of 16 swivels.
Easy charm bracelets Step 6
Step 6
Open one more swivel. String a bead unit, the remaining clasp half, and a bead unit. String the soldered end of the last swivel from the previous step and a bead unit. Close the swivel. Check the fit, and add or remove swivels if necessary.
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