Pearls just want to have fun set

Crystal pearls dance and swing on this bracelet with matching earrings.
PearlsjustwanttohavefunHero
The wrapped loops used in these projects are larger than standard wrapped loops and should have little or no stem at the base. This allows you to begin the wraps right on top of the bead, producing a spiraling cap. Be sure to get comfortable with the technique using craft or copper wire before beginning either project.

SUPPLIES

both projects

  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

bracelet 7 1⁄2 in. (19.1cm) 

  • 15 8mm round crystal pearls in 3 colors: A, B, C
  • 22 6mm round crystal pearls in 5 colors: A, B, C, D, E
  • 4mm bicone crystal (optional)
  • clasp
  • 8 ft. (2.4m) 22-gauge wire, half-hard
  • 7 1⁄4 in. (18.4cm) cable chain, 6mm links
  • 4–5mm jump ring

earrings

  • 2 8mm round crystal pearls
  • 2 5–6mm bicone crystals
  • 6 in. (15cm) 22-gauge wire, half-hard
  • pair of earring findings

INSTRUCTIONS

Bracelet

PearlsjustwanttohavefunAside
PHOTO A
PearlsjustwanttohavefunB
PHOTO B

1. Cut a 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4cm) piece of wire, and make a right-angle bend about 1⁄4 in. (6mm) from one end. Make a plain loop (PHOTO A).

2. String a pearl, and bend the wire perpendicular to the bead (PHOTO B).

PearlsjustwanttohavefunC
PHOTO C
PearlsjustwanttohavefunD
PHOTO D

3. Using the wide part of the roundnose pliers, make the first half of a large wrapped loop right above the bead (PHOTO C). Repeat, making a total of 37 pearl dangles.

4. Slide the loop of a pearl dangle into the end chain link (PHOTO D). Repeat with the remaining pearls, distributing the colors and sizes evenly along the length and on both sides of the chain.

PearlsjustwanttohavefunE
PHOTO E
5. When you’re pleased with the placement of the pearls, grasp the wire tail on a dangle, and wrap it around the base of the loop. Continue wrapping two or three times around the top of the pearl, forming a spiral cap (PHOTO E). Trim the excess wire. Repeat with the remaining pearl dangles.
PearlsjustwanttohavefunF
PHOTO F
PearlsjustwanttohavefunG
PHOTO G

6. Open a jump ring, and attach it to the end link at either end of the chain (PHOTO F). Attach the clasp (PHOTO G), and close the jump ring.

7. If desired, make a crystal dangle, and attach it to one end of the bracelet.

Earrings

PearlsjustwanttohavefunH
PHOTO H
PearlsjustwanttohavefunI
PHOTO I

1. Cut a 3-in. (7.6cm) piece of wire, and make a small coil at one end (PHOTO H). String a crystal and a pearl, and press the coil up against the crystal (PHOTO I).

2. Make the first half of a large wrapped loop above the bead, as in steps 2 and 3 of the bracelet.

PearlsjustwanttohavefunJ
PHOTO J

3. Slide the dangle through the loop on an earring finding (PHOTO J), and finish the spiraling wraps, as in step 5 of the bracelet. Trim the excess wire.

4. Make a second earring to match the first.

Tip!

To adapt this design, try one of the following options:

  • Combine a colorful assortment of glass beads for casual wear.
  • Mix Bali silver or vermeil with crystals for a glamorous look.
  • Use only white pearls for classic appeal. 

Have a question or comment? Please contact us at editor@FacetJewelry.com.

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