Mixed Shell Bracelet
This bracelet reminds me of a rich pot of soup where you just keep adding ingredients. That’s what I did here. Feel free to mix in different bead sizes, shapes, and colors to make this project. I threw some silver leaves and chain into this creation which resulted in a colorful, eye-popping bracelet. Wrapped loops add to the silver accents. The irregular shaped shell beads came from a big necklace in the discount bin at Kohl’s! I took it home for less than $8 with this design in mind. You can find similar beads on a string at JoAnn’s. Unlike some of my projects, this one will require a bit more time and maybe patience, if you’ve never created wrapped loops before. A beautiful and unique finished bracelet is well worth the effort.
Before you begin, visit Jewelry Making Tools and Techniques for wrapped loop instructions.
step 1 - Cut the piece of chain to fit your wrist and attach one half of a toggle clasp to each end with jump rings.
step 2 - The individual dangling shells are made by stringing a silver seed bead onto a nail head wire, followed by a shell bead. The piece is finished with a wrapped loop which is attached to the silver chain with a jump ring.
step 3 - This 6.50” bracelet was created with 11 sets of shells. Each set is made up of one large (or long) shell bead followed by three smaller ones. Alternate the sets and colors as follows:
- Large purple, small green, small earthtone, small blue.
- Large earthtone, small green,small purple, small blue.
- Large green, small blue, small earthtone, small purple.
- Large blue, small green, small earthtone, small purple.
Attach each wrapped loop to one link of the chain with a jump ring. Each time you add a loop to the bracelet, also attach a silver leaf to the same jump ring.
- 11 large shell beads
- 33 small shell beads
- 44 silver seed beads
- All shell and seed beads are from a necklace purchased at Kohls
- 44 silver leaf beads
- toggle clasp (not pictured)
- jump rings
- nail head wires
- optional crimp tool (5)
- jewelry pliers and cutters