This project uses basic beading techniques. You can learn straight stringing and crimping techniques by watching this video. If you create your piece using these instructions, you will make a 6 1/2 inch bracelet (it should fit snugly, cuff style). Simply add a few beads to make the bracelet longer to fit a larger wrist.
Cut 6 pieces of wire, 14 inches each. Crimp a piece of wire to the first of the 6 loops. String a pattern of 4 jasper beads, 1 bicone, 4 jasper beads, 1 bicone, etc. until you have strung about 50 beads. Put a bead stopper on the end to hold the beads in place. Repeat this process 5 more times to complete all the loops on one side of the clasp.
Holding two strands together, braid the strands of beads.
Crimp the strands to the corresponding holes on the other side of the clasp.
Tools and Materials Needed: 4mm Pink Matrix Jasper Round Gemstone Bead 7' Strand - 240 beads or 6 strands (or you can buy the 16 inch strand and only need to get 3) Swarovski Crystal Xilion Bicone (5328) 4mm, Crystal AB, 20pc - 50 to 60 beads or 3 bags Gold Plated Magnetic Clasp With 6 Loops, 14x28mm - 1 Crimp Beads, 14Kt Gold Filled, 2 x 2mm, 50pc - 12 crimps (you can also use gold plated crimps if you prefer) Beadalon 19-Strand, 30 Feet, .015, Silver - 6,14 inch pieces or 7 feet Chain Nose Pliers Beadalon Flush Cutter with Soft Ergonomic Handles Bead Stoppers - 6
I wanted to make this for my grandma and I ended up changing a lot but I plan to make one closer to the original soon. I used 8mm green Jasper since my grandma likes green and bulky jewelry. I changed the clasp to a hook and loop type since the magnetic one seemed to strong for her as well. I also make it only 3 strands instead of 6, since 6 with 8mm would be super heavy. And I also changed out the bicones for white pearls. Overall I love how it turned out.
Did you find this helpful? Reviewed by: Courtny Fenrich from Lloydminster.
Prettier in real life!
I made this braclet following Kelly's instructions and it's really pretty. I made one with turquoise colored beads and the clear crystals. I think the clasp is great, but it seems a little heavy with the 6mm beads. I'm going to try making one with 8mm beads. We'll see if it works! :) Anyway, thank you for the instructions, Kelly!
Did you find this helpful? Reviewed by: Elaine Rosenberger from Republic, MO.