Coral Crystal Keeper Bracelet

caged bead bracelet with a twist

Every once in a while a bracelet comes along that really wows me. That's the case with this coral beauty. While I call it coral, Swarovski’s name for the color is Padparadscha which is derived from the Sanskrit word padmaraga, meaning lotus flower. The blossoms are a meld of pink and orange. Sapphires in this color are some of the most expensive gems in the world. Fortunately, you can buy these beauties in Swarovski crystal bicones.

Depending on your wrist size, you'll need 51 of these affordable beads, which will result in a Rodeo Drive looking bracelet without the price tag. This is another one of those easy projects that mostly requires opening and closing jump rings. No rocket science involved. Besides the jump rings a clasp is the only other significant element needed to complete this project. My magnetic leaf clasp came from Michaels for less than $5. Shiny silver, gleaming crystal, and padparadscha beads - what's not to love!

If you’re unsure of the proper way to open and close jump rings review the steps in Jewelry Making Tools and Techniques.

Directions

basic caged bead bracelet

step 1 - Link a single ring through two rings and those two rings through two more rings.  The single red rings is only used to start the bracelet.  I’ve used colors for the rings to make the instructions more understandable.

step 2 - Grasp the red ring between your thumb and index finger.  Lay the purple rings out with the green rings together in the center.  Images in steps 2 - 4 represent the view looking down at the work in your hand.

step 3 - Spread the green rings open slightly.  

step 3 - Spread the green rings open slightly.

 

step 4 - Place the bead in between the two green rings.

step 4 - Place the bead in between the two green rings.

step 5 - Bring the two purple rings together, caging the pearl inside the rings.  Attach a new ring (green) through the purple rings.  You now have a complete cage.

step 5 - Bring the two purple rings together, caging the pearl inside the rings.  Attach a new ring (green) through the purple rings.  You now have a complete cage.

step 6 - Add a second green ring through the purple rings and begin a new cage by adding two more purple rings to the green.  Grasp the caged bead and lay the purple rings out as in step # 2. 

step 6 - Add a second green ring through the purple rings and begin a new cage by adding two more purple rings to the green.  Grasp the caged bead and lay the purple rings out as in step # 2. 

step 7 - Continue steps # 3 through # 6 until you have 13 cages.  Add 5mm rings to each half of the clasp and connect them to the bracelet.

step 7 - Continue steps # 3 through # 6 until you have 13 cages.  Add 5mm rings to each half of the clasp and connect them to the bracelet.

step 8 - At the end of the row, add two 5mm rings followed by two silver beads.  Pass through the next two 5mm rings.  Trim the thread leaving a 6” tail.

step 8 - At the end of the row, add two 5mm rings followed by two silver beads.  Pass through the next two 5mm rings.  Trim the thread leaving a 6” tail.

step 9 - Add the following to the 6” tail from the start of the project: two 5mm ringsand two silver beads.  Tie the two tail threads together into double knots and dot the knot with Krazy glue.  Cut off excess thread.  The knot will be hidden in the beads and rings.

step 9 - Add the following to the 6” tail from the start of the project: two 5mm ringsand two silver beads.  Tie the two tail threads together into double knots and dot the knot with Krazy glue.  Cut off excess thread.  The knot will be hidden in the beads and rings.

step 10 - Add a coral bead to a new thread.  Leave a 6” tail.  Move across the bottom row of the bracelet passing the needle through the 5mm rings and adding a coral bead in between each set.  When you get to the other end, mirror step 7.  Instead of adding coral beads, you will only be passing your thread through the existing center coral beads to reach the other end of the bracelet.  Mirror steps 8 and 9 to finish the bracelet.

step 10 - Add a coral bead to a new thread.  Leave a 6” tail.  Move across the bottom row of the bracelet passing the needle through the 5mm rings and adding a coral bead in between each set.  When you get to the other end, mirror step 7.  Instead of adding coral beads, you will only be passing your thread through the existing center coral beads to reach the other end of the bracelet.  Mirror steps 8 and 9 to finish the bracelet.

TIP:  This bracelet only requires a two strand clasp.  If you use a three strand clasp like I did, add a chain link to the middle hole (yellow).  Connect it to the two horizontal 5mm rings (using a larger ring) in the center on the back side of the bracelet.  You may need a size larger than a 7mm ring.



Supplies

At Amazon

  • minimum 34 Copper 7 mm 18 Gauge jump rings
  • minimum 230 silver 5mm 18 Gauge jump rings
  • minimum 51 padparadscha 6mm bicone crystals
  • 16 silver beads 3mm
  • Beading needles
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Krazy glue

From Michaels

  • silver beading thread .20mm
  • clasp
  • 6 heavy chain links

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