Tourmaline, Citrine and Crystal Bracelet
About This Design
Time: Approximately 30 minutes - 1 hour
Level of Difficulty: Beginner - All Levels
Cost: Varies, depending on materials selected. Approximately $40-50 as
shown (depends on the quality of genuine tourmaline and citrine beads used).
Every now and then I want to make something really special and I am
inspired by some of the finer beads that are available. Tourmaline
is my all time favorite because it comes in a wide range of colors from
pink, to gold and greens, to black.
When you want to make something very special, use genuine
semi-precious stone beads. In this bracelet I am featuring
sparkling faceted golden tourmaline beads, citrine briolette beads, and
two Swarovski crystals as accents. Strung on gold wire with a 14KT
gold-filled toggle clasp.
Want to make this bracelet, or a variation for yourself? Let's get started!
Gather your supplies
- Strand of faceted tourmaline rondelle beads (about 6 inches). Tourmaline
Rondelle Beads on eBay
- 12 citrine briolette beads. Citrine
Briolette Beads on eBay
- 2 10mm round Swarovski crystal beads. (choice of color)
- 3 small gold-filled bead caps (for accenting the crystals)
- 2 gold-filled crimp beads
- 1 gold-filled headpin
- Length of thin gold Soft Flex flexible beading wire (finest gauge) to fit the desired bracelet length, plus a couple extra inches to work with.
- 1 14KT gold-filled toggle clasp (I used a simple 9mm round clasp)
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String all beads on 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 spaced the crystal bead (with beadcaps) in the center, then evenly
spaced the tourmaline and three-bead citrine design along the length of
You can do this first on a bead design board if you prefer, but I always like to wrap a bracelet around my wrist just to check the look and fit.
Make sure you account for the added length of the clasp. I spaced
my beads to end up with a bracelet that was 7 inches long.
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 over!
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.
Attach crystal charm
Slide the bead cap, and crystal onto a head pin. Make a round
loop the top, attach to the round part of the toggle clasp so it hangs
freely, and close the loop.
Matching Jewelry Set
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