Amethyst Bead Bracelet
About This Design
Time: Approximately 15- 30 minutes
Level of Difficulty: All Levels (with Basic Wire Wrapping
Cost: Varies, depending on materials selected. Approximately $25
I found some stunning dark purple amethyst beads and wanted to
feature them in a nice classic bracelet design. I used a single
creamy coin pearl (set asymmetrically) as a focal accent bead, and
paired the rich purple with gold accent beads and clasp. You could
use any gemstone beads and focal beads you like in your own design.
Want to make this bracelet, or a variation of it for yourself?
Let's get started!
- 1 strand of amethyst beads. I used high quality (AAA),
dark purple faceted amethyst beads, but any gemstone beads of your
choice will do.
- 1 strand of gold accent beads or seed pearls
- 1 coin pearl. Or, use a focal bead of your choice, such as a
decorative ornate Bali bead, or lampwork glass bead.
- 6 Bali daisy spacer beads or 2 decorative beadcaps for ends
- Length of gold flexible beading wire.
- 2 gold crimp beads
- 1 14KT gold filled toggle clasp.
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String beads onto wire
Tie a knot on one end of the wire, or place some tape over the
end, and string all of your beads onto the wire. Check
the length and overall design and make adjustments by adding,
removing, or re-positioning beads until you are happy with the look
of the bracelet.
I alternated amethysts and gold nugget accent beads. I put my coin
pearl so it was off-set a little from center, just to make the bracelet more
interesting.On the ends, I strung three Bali daisy spacer beads, but if
desired you could add a decorative beadcap to either end.
TIP - You can start a bracelet by attaching the clasp to one end
first, However, if you are unclear about your final design or
the finished bracelet length, it is best to simply tie a knot or
place some tape over the end of the jewelry wire, string your beads,
and once you are happy with the design and length, attach the clasps
to the ends. This way, if you find you need to subtract or add
beads you can just remove the tape or knot and work from either end
without having to cut off your clasp and start the whole thing
Crimp ends and attach the clasp
Slide a crimp bead onto the wire, feed the wire through the clasp
loop, then back through the crimp bead. Pull the wire snug,
and crimp the bead closed. Follow the How
to Use Crimp Beads instructions if you are not familiar with
this technique. Repeat on other side, making sure you pull the
wire tight to beads before crimping. TIP - Because this
is a toggle clasp, you will want to leave a little "play" in the
wire so the clasp is easy to put on, so leave a little room where
the loop of wire attaches to the clasp. Cut off remaining
tails of wire with flush cutters.
TIP - As an option, try the new crimp bead covers to hide crimps
for an even more finished look.
That's it, your new amethyst bead bracelet is ready to wear!