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Old Fashioned Christmas Bracelet Project

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Old Fashioned Christmas Bracelet Project
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Karla and I teamed up on this fun project! Karla had the idea to create tubes in varying sizes to work as spacers and focals between Swarovski crystals and TierraCast Christmas charms. The result is a bracelet with a nostalgic feel with a subtle pop of color.

Author Shanna Steele
Shanna Steele
Auntie's Beads Designer


  1. Begin by creating the peyote tubes. You will want to make 3 that are 6x9 and 2 that are 10x9. If you have never created tubes before, please watch the Even Count Peyote Tube Beads video.
  2. Begin by preparing your charms. To do this, you will open 6 jump rings using 2 pair of chain nose pliers. Attach each jump ring to a charm and then use your pliers to close the jump rings. You may want to lay them out in order. I did mine in the following order: Gingerbread Man, Frosty the Snowman, Christmas Tree, St. Nick, Candy Cane, and Christmas Bells.
  3. Cut a piece of beading wire measuring about 10 inches. String the following toward one end of your wire: 4mm bicone, crimp bead, 4mm bicone, bow bead, 6mm bicone. Run your wire through the loop on the bar (bow) portion of the toggle then back down through the beads just strung. Crimp.
  4. String the following: an 8mm round, a bead cap (make sure the bead cap is cupping the 8mm round just strung), your first charm (the Gingerbread Man), a bead cap and an 8mm round. String a short peyote tube.
  5. String an 8mm round, a bead cap, your second charm (Frosty the Snowman), a bead cap and an 8mm round. Then string a long peyote tube.
  6. String an 8mm round, a bead cap, your third charm (Christmas tree), a bead cap, and an 8mm round. Then string a short peyote tube.
  7. String an 8mm round, a bead cap, your fourth charm (St. Nick), a bead cap and an 8mm round. Then string a long peyote tube.
  8. String an 8mm round, a bead cap, your fifth charm (the candy cane), an 8mm round and a bead cap. Then string a short peyote tube.
  9. String an 8mm round, a bead cap, your last charm (Christmas bells), a bead cap, and an 8mm round.
  10. String a 6mm bicone, bow bead, 4mm bicone and a crimp bead. Run your beading wire through the loop on the ring (wreath) portion of the toggle then back down through the 4mm bicone, bow bead and 6mm bicone. Crimp. Cut excess wire.


Tools and Materials Needed:

11/0 Miyuki Seed Bead Mix, Old Fashioned Christmas (about 1/2 tube)
TierraCast Antique Brass Pewter Christmas Bells Charm, 16x18mm (1 piece)
TierraCast Antique Brass Pewter Christmas Tree Charm, 13x21mm (1 piece)
TierraCast Antique Brass Pewter Gingerbread Man Charm, 11x19mm (1 piece)
TierraCast Antique Brass Pewter St. Nick Charm, 12x22mm (1 piece)
TierraCast Antique Brass Pewter Candy Cane Charm, 7x25mm (1 piece)
TierraCast Antique Brass Pewter Frosty Charm, 10x23mm (1 piece)
TierraCast Antique Brass Pewter Bow Bead, 14mm (2 pieces)
TierraCast Antique Brass Pewter Christmas Wreath Toggle Clasp, 17mm
Swarovski Crystal Round (5000) 8mm, Golden Shadow (12 pieces)
OR
Swarovski Crystal Round (5000) 8mm, Crystal (12 pieces)
Swarovski Crystal Xilion Bicone (5328) 6mm, Crystal Golden Shadow (2 pieces)
OR
Swarovski Crystal Xilion Bicone (5328) 6mm, Crystal (2 pieces)
Swarovski Crystal Bicone (5328) 4mm, Crystal Golden Shadow (3 pieces)
OR
Swarovski Crystal Bicone (5328) 4mm, Crystal (3 pieces)
Antique Brass 8mm Scalloped Bead Caps (12 pieces)
Antique Brass Jump Rings, Open, 10pc, 5mm, 20 Gauge (6 pieces)
Antique Brass 1mm x 2mm Crimp Beads, 50pc (2 pieces)
Beadalon 49-Strand Wire, 30 ft., .015", Antique Satin Brass (about 10 inches)
OR
Beadalon 49-Strand Wire, 30 ft., .018", Antique Satin Brass (about 10 inches)
Fireline Fine Crystal, 6 lb Thread, 125 Yards, .008
OR
Beadalon Wildfire, .006" (10 LB Test), Frost
English Beading Needles, Assorted Sizes, 4-Pack
Nipper Tool
Beadalon Designer Crimper Tool
Chain Nose Pliers (2 pair)


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