This week’s bracelet design is a fairly basic one. Amethyst teardrop beads are strung onto eye pins to make bead connectors for the main part of the bracelet. They are then linked together by a single link of chain, or an oval jump ring, with several copper bead dangles hanging from each link of chain.
There are so many variations that you could do with this and totally change the look and feel by changing up the choice of beads and colors. I love the idea of making the dangles in freshwater pearls with perhaps peridot or a pretty pink crystal used for the main beads. It would be quite spring-like.
I hope you like this design in that you give it a try! Here are a few of the supplies are used in making this bracelet.
- amethyst teardrop beads (these are the exact beads I used)
- copper spiral coin beads (these are similar to the dangles I used)
- copper eye pins
- copper ball head pins
By the way when I first started this design I used some fairly inexpensive head pins and 75% of them broke in the making of the loops. Argh. This proves to me once again that cheap materials don’t save you much. Buy the best quality you can afford. You’ll be glad you did with the amount of time and aggravation it saves you.
Enjoy the video and happy creating!
You can watch the Amethyst & Copper Dangles Bracelet Video Tutorial over at YouTube.
- 8-12 4mm-8mm beads for main part of bracelet, amount varies depending on the size of beads
- one eye pin for each bead
- beads for dangles (4x number used for main part of bracelet)
- one head pin for each dangle
- chain with 4-5 mm oval links or oval jump rings
- chain nose pliers
- 1-Step Looper or:
- round nose pliers &
- wire cutters
- Slide each of your main beads onto an eye pin. Use round nose pliers to make a loop or use the One Step Looper. Connect all of these bead links together with an oval link of chain or jump ring between each one until bracelet is long enough to go around wrist.
- Slide beads for dangles onto head pins. Use round nose pliers or One Step Looper to make loops. Attach four, or as many as you’d like, to each link of chain on bracelet.
- Use a jump ring or a link of chain to attach clasp to one and. Attach four additional links of chain or jump rings to other end.
- Make additional bead dangles by sliding beads onto head pins and making loops, Attach a few of these to the four links of chain at the other end of the bracelet.