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Tulip blooms

Like tulips bent, heavy with the weight of an April shower, these brass bulbs hold an amethyst promise to burgeon come May. Plant a row around your wrist and see yourself blossom. 

SUPPLIES 

  • 4–5 25–30 mm gemstone nuggets
  • 4–5 20 mm tulip bead caps
  • 6 1⁄2–8 in. (16.5–20 cm) chain, 20–28 mm links
  • 4–5 2-in. (5 cm) head pins
  • 5–12 5 mm jump rings
  • 22–24 mm lobster claw clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters 

Check your local bead store for supplies.


INSTRUCTIONS

Tulip bloom bracelet Step 1

1. On a head pin, string a nugget and a bead cap. Make a wrapped loop. Make four or five bead units.

Tulip bloom bracelet Step 2

2. Decide how long you want your bracelet to be and open a link of chain to remove a piece that length. Open a jump ring and attach a link of chain and a bead unit. Close the jump ring. 

Tulip bloom bracelet Step 3

3. Use jump rings to attach the remaining bead units. Use one or two jump rings to attach a lobster claw clasp and an end link of chain.

 
Tulip blooms bracelet TIP
A few tips:
  • The tulip bead caps are somewhat malleable. You can form them around the nugget with your fingers.
  • Use two pairs of sturdy pliers to open and close the links of heavy-gauge chain.
  • For extra security, reinforce each tulip dangle with a second 5 mm jump ring.
  • Make the most of the theme with a floral toggle clasp.
Tulip blooms earrings
Earring options: make dangles of amethyst and brass bulbs, or try a demure alternative with rondelles and jump rings. 
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