There are lots of different sources I use for my beads and jewelry findings, but the most convenient is my least favorite. The local craft stores such as Joann’s, Michael’s and A.C. Moore have plenty to choose from, but the quality isn’t always the best.
That’s why I was so happy to find the string of oval beads I used in this Desert Mesa bracelet. One of the beads was chipped and some on the string have funky inclusions, but I rather like them anyhow.
They were labeled “Assorted Stone Beads,” so I can’t tell you exactly what they are except that they are quite interesting and look great combined with warm colored agates and antique gold findings. 🙂
The best way to shop for jewelry making is to support your local bead store. Sadly, the only ones near me are too far to stop by regularly.
Instead I do I lot of my shopping for jewelry supplies online, here are a few of my favorites:
Enjoy the video and happy creating!
You can watch the Desert Mesa Bracelet Video Tutorial over at YouTube.
- 3 20x15mm oval stone beads
- 6 14mm links of chain
- 24 assorted 6mm beads
- 24 head pins
- 3 4.5-inch pieces 24 gauge wire
- 1-inch length of chain
- jump rings
- chain nose pliers
- round nose pliers
- wire cutters
- One Step Big Looper
Note: Be sure your loops are large enough to fit around the 14mm links of chain you have chosen. This is why I recommend the One Step BIG Looper, as it makes 3mm loops.
- Use chain nose pliers to grasp a 4.5-inch piece of wire 1.5-inches from one end. Bend wire at 90° angle. Grasp bend with round nose pliers and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a loop. Reposition pliers to finish loop. Close loop and hold with chain nose pliers. Use another pair of chain nose to wrap remaining wire around wire below 90° bend. Use wire cutters to trim, if necessary. Use chain nose pliers to tuck in end.
- Slide a 20x15mm oval bead onto wire and repeat step 1 to make another wrapped loop, this time grasping wire just above bead before bending with chain nose pliers.
- To make bead dangles slide each of your 6mm beads onto a head pin and make a loop with either round nose pliers or the One Step Big Looper.
- Use chain nose pliers to open a 14mm link of chain and attach 3 bead dangles, your clasp, 3 bead dangles and the loop of one of your stone oval beads.
- Open another chain link and slide onto loop on other end of your stone oval. Add three bead dangles to each side, then add another chain link.
- Open the chain link just added and add 3 bead dangles to each side, plus the loop of another oval dangle.
- Repeat the pattern of two chain links between each of the three stone ovals. Each chain link should have 3 beads dangles on each side.
- Finish by adding the final chain link to the loop of the third oval bead, 3 dangles, your 1-inch length of chain and 3 dangles.