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Wire-wrapped ruby-red crystal set

Beading wire: They don’t call it flexible for nothing

Sometimes it’s a challenge to juggle all of my projects, but this bracelet was quick and easy from start to finish. I took advantage of flexible beading wire because it’s pliable (you can wrap it around beads without kinking it) and adaptable (it’s a pretty design element). Satin gold or satin silver wire looks luxurious when wrapped around twist crystals.

SUPPLIES

Bracelet

  • 22 mm twist crystal
  • 2 18 mm twist crystals
  • 6–8 14 mm twist crystals
  • flexible beading wire,.015, in satin gold
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 2 crimp covers
  • 2 Wire Guardians
  • magnetic clasp
  • crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters 

Earrings

  • 2 18 mm twist crystals
  • 2 14 mm twist crystals
  • flexible beading wire,.015, in satin gold
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 2 crimp covers
  • pair of lever-back earring wires
  • crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Spiral magnetic clasp from Star’s Clasps, starsclasps.com. Check your local bead store for supplies. 

INSTRUCTIONS

Bracelet

Wire wrapped ruby red crystal set Step 1
Step 1
Cut a 72-in. (1.8 m) piece of beading wire. Center a 22 mm twist crystal on the wire. String each end of the wire through the crystal in opposite directions. String both ends through again, so you have four strands showing on top of the crystal.
Wire wrapped ruby red crystal set Step 2
Step 2
On one end, string an 18 mm twist crystal. Wrap the wire around and through the crystal four times. Repeat on the other end.
Wire wrapped ruby red crystal set Step 3
Step 3
On one end, string a 14 mm twist crystal. Wrap the wire around and through the crystal four times. Repeat on the other end. String two more 14 mms on each end, wrapping the wire around and through each crystal four times.
Wire wrapped ruby red crystal set Step 4
Step 4
On each end, string a crimp bead, a Wire Guardian, and half of a magnetic clasp. Go back through the crimp bead. Tighten the wire and crimp the crimp bead. Trim the excess wire. Close a crimp cover over each crimp.
Earrings
Wire wrapped ruby red crystal earrings Step 1
Step 1
Cut a 20-in. (51 cm) piece of beading wire. Center an 18 mm twist crystal on the wire. With one end, go around and through the crystal twice.
Wire wrapped ruby red crystal earrings Step 2
Step 2
With the other end, go around and through the crystal once, then over the front of the crystal, anchoring the wire under a previous wrap.
Wire wrapped ruby red crystal earrings Step 3
Step 3
Over both ends, string a 14 mm twist crystal. With both ends, go around and through the crystal twice.
Wire wrapped ruby red crystal earrings Step 4
Step 4
Over both ends, string a crimp bead and the loop of an earring wire. Go back through the crimp bead and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire. Close a crimp cover over the crimp. Make a second earring.
Wire wrapped ruby red crystal bracelet design alternative
Design alternative
I substituted crystals in silver shade and satin silver beading wire.
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About Diane Whiting

Diane Whiting is an award-winning designer and original CREATE YOUR STYLE with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Ambassador who has been creating and teaching innovative jewelry and accessories for more than 10 years.  This year, she will be teaching four classes at the Bead&Button Show in Milwaukee in June.

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