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Wood and gemstones bracelet

Blue and green gemstones bring out the earthy feel of wood nuggets
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Create one-of-a-kind jewelry from unique bead combinations. In these bracelets, I wanted the natural beauty of the bold wood beads to shine, so I paired them with faceted rondelles and irregular chips. Silver rounds and spacers complete the look.

SUPPLIES

  • 6 20 mm wood beads
  • 7 8 mm faceted rondelles
  • 4 8 mm round beads
  • 15–30 5–12 mm gemstone chips
  • 14 5 mm flat spacers
  • flexible beading wire,.014 or .015
  • 2-in. (5 cm) head pin
  • 2 crimp beads
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)

    Wood beads from Rings & Things, rings-things.com. Check your local bead store for supplies. 

INSTRUCTIONS

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1. Cut a piece of beading wire. Center a flat spacer, five to seven chips, and a spacer.
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2. On one end, string: wood bead, three or four chips, spacer, rondelle, spacer, round bead.
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3. On the same end, string: two wood beads, spacer, rondelle, spacer, two or three chips.
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4. On the other end, string: round, spacer, two rondelles, three wood beads.
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5. On the same end, string: spacer, two or three chips, spacer, round, spacer, two rondelles.
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6. On each end, string 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.
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7. On a head pin, string a rondelle, a spacer, and a round. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach the clasp and complete the wraps.
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Don’t be afraid to try a more unexpected color combination. I used cherry quartz rondelles in my second bracelet.

Earring options

  • String wood beads and gemstones on a head pin for a simple accessory. For extra impact, string assorted beads on an eye pin and add a short dangle.
  • For an additional earring option, follow bracelet step 7 to make two extra dangles. Instead of attaching a clasp, attach an earring wire.
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