Contemporary Crystal Bracelet
When I think about crystals and pearls together, I almost always think of wedding jewelry but when I paired those elements with copper, I discovered that the result was a modern and versatile bracelet that can be worn with anything!
Shanna Steele, Auntie’s Beads Designer
1. Cut a piece of beading wire measuring about 10 inches. String a crimp bead toward one end. Run the wire through half of the toggle then back down through the crimp bead. Secure the crimp bead. Apply your crimp cover (if using).
2. String your beads in the following order: 4mm copper round, 6mm bicone, bead cap (cupping the bicone), pearl, bead cap (turned away from the pearl), bicone, heishi, pearl, heishi, 8mm round crystal, bead cap (cupping the crystal), pearl, bead cap (turned away from the pearl), 8mm round crystal, heishi, pearl, heishi, 10mm round crystal.
3. The 10mm round is the center of the bracelet. Use the first half of the bracelet as a guide to finish the piece by mirroring the work you have already done.
4. String a crimp bead. Run your wire through the other half of the toggle then back down through the crimp bead. Secure the crimp bead. Apply your crimp cover (if using).
Materials and Tools Needed:
G8mm Glass Pearl Bead Strand, Cream (1 Strand, 8 pieces)
Swarovski Crystal, 10mm Round, Faceted, Crystal (1 piece)
Swarovski Crystal, 8mm Round, Faceted, Crystal (4 pieces)
Swarovski Crystal, 6mm Bicone, Crystal (4 pieces)
Antique Copper Plate Nugget Heishi, 5mm (8 pieces)
Antique Copper Plate Leaf Bead Cap (8 pieces)
Bright Copper Round Beads, 4 mm, Bag of 25 (2 pieces)
Antique Copper Plate Toggle, Large Keepsake
Antique Copper Plate Crimp Bead, 2 x 2 mm, Bag of 50 (2 pieces)
Copper Open Bead Crimp Cover, 3.2mm, Bag of 10 (2 pieces - optional)
Beadalon 49-strand Wire, 30 ft., .018 (about 10 inches)
Designer Crimper Tool
Chain Nose Pliers (if using crimp covers)