Turquoise and Silver Bracelet
About This Design
Time: Approximately 1 hour
Level of Difficulty: Beginner - All Levels
Cost: Varies, depending on materials selected. Approximately $25-35 as
shown (depends on the quality and quantity of genuine turquoise beads used).
Perfect for summertime, or any time of the year. Inspired by a
recent road trip through the Southwest, this bracelet features three gorgeous strands of bright turquoise
beads mixed with silver accents, and seed beads. You will love
this eye-catching bracelet and will get loads of compliments when you
Want to make this bracelet, or a variation for yourself? Let's get started!
Gather your supplies
- Seed beads in turquoise and aqua colors (or colors of your choice). I
used plain turquoise seed beads, and a few hex glass beads in aqua and
metallic blue-green colors.
- 3-strand clasp of your choice. For this bracelet I used a silver
lobster claw clasp with extender chain.
- Miscellaneous turquoise beads (enough for three strands). I used
round, chips, and briolette shapes in my design. Turquoise
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- Miscellaneous sterling silver beads. I used smooth round sterling
silver beads, and I also used large diameter closed jump rings (soldered) as
- 6 crimp beads
- 3 strands - length of flexible beading wire (like Beadalon or Soft Flex) to fit the desired bracelet length, plus a couple extra inches to work with.
- 3 sterling silver head pins to complete the bead charms
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String all seed beads and turquoise beads on wire
We will string three stands of flexible beading wires with
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.
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 and extender as
it could add up to an inch or more to your bracelet.
Be creative and use your beads to come up with three different
patterns, mixing sterling silver beads, turquoise beads, and seed beads.
Lay your design on a bead board or beading cloth, and rework until you
are happy with the effect.
Make sure all three strands are exactly the same length and add or
remove beads if necessary.
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 beads and attach clasp and extender chain
Now we will use a crimp bead to close the ends of each wire and
attach to the clasp piece on one end, and the extender chain on the
other. We are working with multiple strands, so you can use a
crimp bead for each strand.
Untie your knot or remove the tape. Slide a crimp bead onto the end of wire, and thread the wire through the loop on the clasp, and back through your crimp bead. Crimp the bead flat or use a crimping tool to close the crimp. Follow the How to Use Crimp Beads instructions if you are not familiar with this technique.
Do the same thing on the other end to attach the extender chain (if you are
TIP - For an even more finished look, cover your crimp beads with the new crimp bead covers!
Attach charms to extender chain
I used a pre-made extender chain clasp, and the chain on the extender
was way too long for a bracelet so I clipped off the last few inches
using flush cutters. Now, let's attach the charms to the other end of the chain.
Use whatever beads you like to make three beaded charms. Slide the
three bead charms onto headpins, and attach them to
the last loop in your chain using round nose pliers to create a loop.
That's it! Your beautiful bracelet is ready to wear or give to someone
as a special gift.
Matching Jewelry Set
This bracelet looks great paired with other turquoise jewelry. Try
these additional jewelry projects.