Coral Crystal Keeper Bracelet
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- silver beading thread .20mm
- 6 heavy chain links