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Venetian beads bracelet

Colorful glass beads make for a cheerful accessory.

Bright blown glass in the Venetian style reminds me of the stained-glass windows and mosaics of Italian basilicas. Splashes of silver punctuate a rainbow of colors and a bevy of shapes. 

SUPPLIES

  • 25 mm (large) marquise-shaped blown-glass bead
  • 4 13 mm (small) marquise-shaped blown-glass beads
  • 4 13 mm round blown-glass beads
  • 2 9 mm saucer-shaped blown-glass beads
  • 10–20 6 mm spacers
  • 2 3 mm spacers
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 2 crimp beads
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Supplies from Eclectica. Check your local bead store for supplies. 

INSTRUCTIONS

Venetian beads bracelet Step 1
STEP 1
1. Cut a piece of beading wire and center a large marquise bead. On each end, string: 6 mm spacer, saucer bead, 6 mm spacer, round bead, 6 mm spacer.
Venetian beads bracelet Step 2
STEP 2

2. On each end, string: small marquise bead, 6 mm spacer, round, 6 mm spacer, small marquise.

Venetian beads bracelet Step 3
STEP 3

3. On each end, string a 3 mm spacer, a crimp bead, and half of a clasp. Check the fit, and add or remove beads if necessary. Go back through the last few beads strung and crimp the crimp bead. Trim the excess wire.

TIP: For a longer bracelet, add 6 mm spacers between the blown-glass beads. To shorten the length, substitute a 13 mm round or marquise-shaped bead for the 25 mm bead.
 
Venetian beads matching earrings
For a dressy look, black-and-white beads pair nicely with gunmetal findings. Simple drop earrings repeat the color on your wrist.
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