After Midnight Bracelet

bracelet measures 7.50"

bracelet measures 7.50"

 

Midnight blue faceted rondell beads and copper wire as bright as morning team up in a clever pattern for this major hunk of jewelry. If you like dainty pieces, this isn’t it. Bold 10mm links are the basis for this project which makes it uncomplicated to put together and easy on the wallet. Open and close links to create the foundation. Then attach beads to the rings with one piece of beading wire. The clasp is made of wire too, another money saver. The cuts of the crystal beads and their deep, rich color create an unforgettable bracelet.

If you’re unsure of the proper way to open and close jump rings, review the steps.

Directions

step 1 - Create a simple chain to fit your wrist by linking double rings to a single ring until you have the length you need.  Be sure to figure in about 1.50” for the clasp.

step 1 - Create a simple chain to fit your wrist by linking double rings to a single ring until you have the length you need.  Be sure to figure in about 1.50” for the clasp.

step 2 - Attach two rings on the left and right of every single ring across the entire bracelet.

step 2 - Attach two rings on the left and right of every single ring across the entire bracelet.

step 3 - Cut a piece of beading wire 16” long. Pass it through the first two rings on the bracelet and add one bead. Pass through the next two rings.

step 3 - Cut a piece of beading wire 16” long. Pass it through the first two rings on the bracelet and add one bead. Pass through the next two rings.

step 4 - Add two beads and pass through the next two rings.

step 4 - Add two beads and pass through the next two rings.

step 5 - Continue Adding two beads and passing the wire through the double rings until you reach the end of the bracelet.

step 5 - Continue Adding two beads and passing the wire through the double rings until you reach the end of the bracelet.

step 6 - Add one 8mm bead and four seed beads.

step 6 - Add one 8mm bead and four seed beads.

step 7 - Add one 8mm bead and pass through the double rings. Add two beads and work this side of the bracelet adding beads and passing through double rings until you reach the end.

step 7 - Add one 8mm bead and pass through the double rings. Add two beads and work this side of the bracelet adding beads and passing through double rings until you reach the end.

step 8 - Pass the wire through a single bead.  Add two seed beads to each wire.  Put both wire ends into a crimp bead and pull them snugly Be sure to pick up any slack. Crimp the bead to secure the wire.  Trim the excess. The crimp will be hidden inside the copper rings.

step 8 - Pass the wire through a single bead.  Add two seed beads to each wire.  Put both wire ends into a crimp bead and pull them snugly Be sure to pick up any slack. Crimp the bead to secure the wire.  Trim the excess. The crimp will be hidden inside the copper rings.

step 9 - This is a seven inch bracelet.  If you need a larger or smaller one, adjust the following measurements.  From the center of the bracelet, mark the cord at 3.25” with a piece of tape.   Wrap the tape around both cord pieces.

step 9 - Add two copper rings to one end of the bracelet (the single ring) for attaching the clasp. Create the hook clasp with copper wire. Curl the wire into an “s” shape with one end smaller than the other. Do this by wrapping the bottom wire tightly and twice around a thin mandrel. Wrap the top of the “s” around a larger mandrel then curl the wire end with round nose pliers.  The hook in the top of the “s” should be close to the size of the 10mm copper rings. The “s” curve will clasp to the single ring at the other end of the bracelet.



Supplies

At FireMountainGems.com

  • 100 Copper 10mm jump rings

At Michaels

  • 44 rondells - 8mm
  • 8 seed beads 11/0
  • 1 crimp bead
  • .38mm beading wire
  • Copper 18 gauge wire

At Amazon

  • Jewelry pliers and cutters
  • Crimp tool

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