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Celestial raku beads bracelet

Top-drilled raku beads give this bracelet a relaxed, wavy feel. 

Seed beads and flat spacers don’t overpower the raku and a winged clasp echoes the sky theme. Choose seed beads that bring out the highlights in the raku.

SUPPLIES 

  • 5–6 25 mm raku beads, top drilled
  • 16–20 12 mm round flat spacers
  • 16–20 6/0 seed beads
  • 16–20 11/0 seed beads
  • flexible beading wire,.014 or.015
  • 2 crimp beads 
  • shibuichi toggle clasp
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Raku beads from J.P. Imported, jpimported.com. Clasp from Green Girl Studios, greengirlstudios.com. Check your local bead store for supplies.

INSTRUCTIONS

Celestial raku beads bracelet Step 1
STEP 1

 

1. Cut a piece of beading wire. On the wire, center a raku bead.

Celestial raku beads bracelet Step 2
STEP 2

 

2. On each end, string: 6/0 seed bead, spacer, 11/0 seed bead, spacer, two 11/0s, spacer, 11/0, spacer, 6/0. String the patterns in steps 1 and 2 until the strand is within 2 in. (5 cm) of the finished length.

Celestial raku beads bracelet Step 3
STEP 3

 

3. On each end, string four 6/0s, 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 tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire.

Celestial raku beads earrings
I used the surprisingly lightweight raku beads for one set of earrings, and created the look of little wind chimes with the silver spacers for the other pair.
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