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Boughs of Holly Bracelet Project
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Evergreen, red and cranberry glass pearls are beaded and drop beaded to create the illusion of boughs of holly dangling from the wrist. This bracelet gives you that festive holiday feeling! I hope you enjoy creating - and wearing - it as much as I did!
Auntie's Beads Designer
Free Project Instructions
To begin, create all of your drop beads/dangles first. You will want to create 10 6mm red drops and 10 8mm cranberry drops. To do this, pick up each bead on a headpin and make a loop. You can either make a simple loop (as I did) or make a wrapped loop.
On an 8mm jump ring, pick up a 6mm drop, 2 8mm drops and another 6mm drop. Close the jump ring.
Repeat step 2 four more times until all of your drops have been added to jump rings.
Cut a piece of beading wire measuring about 10". String a crimp bead toward one end. Run your wire through half of the toggle then back down through the crimp bead. Crimp. Apply crimp cover.
String the following: 8mm evergreen pearl, 8mm cranberry pearl, a fluted bead cap, 12mm evergreen pearl and another fluted bead cap. Make sure your bead caps are cupping the evergreen pearl. String an 8mm cranberry bead.
String a fluted bead cap, 14mm evergreen pearl and a fluted bead cap. Then string a 4mm jump ring, an 8mm jump ring with drop beads and another 4mm jump ring.
Repeat step 6 four more times until you have used all of your beaded drops.
String a fluted bead cap, 12mm evergreen bead and another fluted bead cap. Then string the following: 8mm cranberry bead, fluted bead cap, 12mm evergreen bead, fluted bead cap, 8mm cranberry bead and 8mm evergreen bead.
String a crimp bead. Run your wire through the other half of your toggle then back down through the crimp bead and 2 8mm beads just strung. Crimp. Apply crimp cover. Cut excess wire.
On a headpin, pick up a scalloped bead cap and an 8mm cranberry bead. Make a loop. Wrap the wire and trim the excess. On a headpin, pick up a petal bead cap and a 6mm red bead. Make a loop. Wrap the wire and trim the excess. Open a 4mm jump ring. Add the 2 drops just made to the jump ring. Attach the ring to the loop on the ring portion of the toggle. Close the jump ring.
Tools and Materials Needed:
12mm Glass Pearl Round Bead Strand, Evergreen (8 pieces)
8mm Glass Pearl Bead Strand, Cranberry (15 pieces)
8mm Glass Pearl Bead Strand, Evergreen (2 pieces)
6mm Glass Pearl Round Bead Strand, Red (11 pieces)
Silver Plated 7mm Fluted Bead Cap, Bag Of 10 (16 pieces)
Silver Plated 8mm Scalloped Bead Caps, Bag Of 10 (1 piece)
Silver Plated 7mm Petal Bead Cap, Bag Of 10 (1 piece)
Silver Plate 2" Head Pins With 2mm Ball, 22 Gauge, Bag Of 10 (22 pieces)
Sterling Silver Jump Rings, Open, Bag of 10, 4.5mm, 20 Gauge (11 pieces)
Sterling Silver Jump Rings, Open, 8.5mm, 20 Gauge (5 pieces)
Sterling Silver Crimp Beads, Bag of 50, 2 x 2mm (2 pieces)
Sterling Silver Open Bead Crimp Cover, 3.2 mm, Bag of 10 (2 pieces)
TierraCast Pewter Toggle, Melody, Silver
Beadalon 49-strand Wire, 30 ft., .015 (about 10 inches)
Designer Crimper Tool
Round Nose Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers
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Boughs of Holly Bracelet Project.
Super fun to make and very easy! (though you did throw me for a loop when mentioning the 14mm bead, which isn't on the list) Also made one in with gold accents, then I just HAD to make a necklace to go with that and a pair of earrings. Great pattern!!
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