Garnet Pearl Bracelet
About This Design
Time: Approximately 30 minutes
Level of Difficulty: Beginner - All Levels
Cost: Varies, depending on materials selected. Approximately $15-20 as
A very elegant and simple design featuring red garnet beads and tiny white
seed pearls. Accented with a heart shape toggle clasp and round white
pearl dangle bead. Pretty!
Want to make this bracelet, or a variation for yourself? Let's get started!
Gather your supplies. Here's
what you'll need.
- One strand of small freshwater pearls
- One strand of garnet beads in your choice of shape and size
- 2 crimp beads
- Length of flexible beading wire to fit the desired bracelet length, plus a couple extra inches to work with.
Use fine gauge to fit through bead holes.
- 1 toggle clasp of choice (I used a fancy sterling silver heart).
- 1 accent bead (I used a white pearl) and a headpin to attach it
- Optional - 2 sterling silver beadcaps
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String 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 alternated garnets with pearls, but you can do any design variation
you like. If desired, add a decorative silver beadcap to either
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.
TIP - As an option, try the new crimp bead covers to hide crimps for
an even more finished look.
Attach the accent pearl bead
Slide a pearl bead (or accent of your choice) onto a headpin and
attach it to the toggle clasp, using a closed wire loop. If
you need help learning how to do wire loops, follow these step by step instructions.
That's it! Your gorgeous new Garnet Pearl Bracelet is ready to
wear or give as a great gift!