Bead Charm Bracelet
About This Design
Time: Approximately 30 minutes - 1 hour
Level of Difficulty: Beginner - All Levels
Cost: Varies, depending on materials selected. Approximately $15-20 as shown.
This fun bracelet is made with inexpensive plastic word beads that I
found in the craft store in the scrap booking section! Look around
because a lot of different materials can be used to make jewelry.
I created a charm bracelet using bulk link chain and a lobster claw
clasp. The design is accented with pink Swarovski crystals and
yummy cherry quartz faceted rectangle beads. Wouldn't this make a
fun Valentine's Bracelet? Find your own word beads and create
something uniquely your own.
Want to make this bracelet, or a variation for yourself? Let's get started!
Gather your supplies
1 length of bulk link chain (for desired bracelet length plus
extender chain for drop
- 9 Swarovski crystal beads (your choice of colors and sizes)
- 5 cherry quartz beads (or your choice of accent beads)
- 1 lobster claw clasp
- 2 white pearls (or your choice of beads)
- Half hard jewelry wire to attach chain to clasp component
- 11 headpins
Need Supplies? Check my Jewelry Supply pages to find what you need!
Attach the lobster claw clasp.
Use a basic wire wrap chain technique to attach the lobster clasp to
the chain, placing one pearl and two crystal beads in-between. If
you need help with the wire wrap technique, click here for more
Prepare bead and charm components
To save time, I prepare all my bead and charm components at the same
time. Slide a Swarovski crystal bead
onto a headpin, followed by a word bead, and make a loop at the top with
pliers. Do the same for your cherry quartz accent beads Using a basic wire wrap technique,
attach each word bead
to the chain. Need help with this wire loop technique? Click
here for instructions.
Next, using a bead design board, or ruler (or just eyeball it!), I
determine where to place each bead on the links of the charm
Attach the pearl drop to the extender chain.
This bracelet was made with a little extra length to serve as an
extender chain. This way, the wearer can fasten the bracelet to
the right length to fit. I always attach a dangle bead for detail
to the end of the chain. To learn more about extender chains, click
Slide a crystal, pearl, and another crystal onto a headpin and attach
it to the end of the bracelet chain on the last link. Use a basic
wire loop technique. Click
here for instructions.
Attach beads and charms
Now attach each charm by looping it through a link in the chain, and
closing the jump ring using your chain nose pliers. Attach each
bead, alternating beads and charms in your design. Feel free to
add more beads until you are happy with your bracelet design. That's it!
IDEA: Have fun with this bracelet by spelling out your own
messages using word beads.