Red Crystal Bead Bracelet
About This Design
Time: Approximately 30 minutes - 1 hour
Level of Difficulty: Beginner - All Levels (some wire wrapping)
Cost: Varies, depending on materials selected. Approximately $15-20 as
I found some inexpensive red glass "crystal" beads sold by the strand at my
favorite bead shop. I got inspired to combine them in this red
crystal bracelet with some diagonal charcoal colored shell bead.
mix things up and make this bracelet interesting, I used some stainless
steel cable chain and a random triple-strand pattern. Wow!
This one looks great on! (sometimes I decide to keep the jewelry I make...)
Want to make this bracelet, or a variation for yourself? Let's get started!
Gather your supplies.
- 2 strands red glass or crystal beads, both large and small sizes
- Several grey pearls or grey shell beads as accents (quantity depends on
length needed in your design)
- Sterling silver or stainless steel bulk chain, several inches
- 6 split rings or open jump rings
- 2 short lengths of flexible beading wire like Soft Flex or Beadalon. Enough
for 2 lengths of bracelet plus a few extra inches to work with.
- 6-10 crimp beads (depends on your design)
- 1 headpin for attaching cube charm
- 1 decorative double-strand or triple-strand sterling silver toggle clasp.
Here are some for sale: Double
strand clasps on eBay, and Triple
strand clasps on eBay
- Optional - 2 crimp bead covers
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Determine overall design and bead placement
Use a bead board or arrange three strands of beads on a bead mat or
cloth until you are satisfied with your overall design. This
design is fairly random and asymmetrical, but you can do whatever
pleases you. I tried to mix it up so none of the strands were
identical, but still looked good next to each other. Mix both
small and large beads together for interest.
I also decided to use a short length of cable chain at the end of
each strand, and one right in the center of one of the strands for
interest. The important thing is to make sure you get the same
exact length on all three strands so the bracelet lays properly on the
wrist and doesn't sag. I achieved this by adding different lengths
of cable chain at the end of each strand...some have only a couple
links, some have more.
String beads, crimp ends
We will be attaching each strand of flexible beading wire to cable
chain at the ends. We will attach the cable chains to the clasp
with the split rings or jump rings.
TIP - This is your last chance to check and make sure all of your
strands are the same length, before closing crimps!.
First attach the beading wire (each strand) to the one end of the
cable chain using a crimp bead. Slide a crimp bead onto the wire, feed the wire through the
chain 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. Cut off remaining tails of wire with flush cutters.
Attach the Clasp
Now, use your jump rings or split rings with pliers to attach each
cable chain end (each strand) to the
clasp. Because I was using a double clasp, I attached two strands
to one loop, and then one strand to the other. You may use a
triple strand clasp if you have one.
you are using jump rings, follow these instructions to properly attach
you are using split rings, follow these instructions to separate attach
TIP - As an option, try the new crimp bead covers to hide crimps for
an even more finished look.
Attach charm bead
I always like to add a little detail to my bracelets, and in this
design we will attach one bead charm to the toggle clasp as a way to balance the color
and complete the design with that added touch.
Slide one or more red crystals onto a headpin and make a loop at the top
with your round nose pliers. Loop this through the end loop on the
toggle clasp and close the loop. If
you need help with this technique, click here to learn more.
That's it! Your new bracelet is ready to wear!