Red Satin Bead Bracelet

bracelet measures 7.50"

bracelet measures 7.50"

When I finished making my Year Of The Dragon Necklace I had a lot of beads left over. From the amount of mail I received about the necklace, I know I’m not alone in my love of these satiny beads.  They drew me back to my work room, begging to be used in another piece of jewelry. This bracelet is the result. The two bead strands are joined together by filigree spacer bars embellished with Swarovski crystals.  This simple project results in a knockout bracelet and the perfect companion to the Dragon Necklace!

 

Directions

step 1 - Place a crimp bead onto the bead cord.

step 1 - Place a crimp bead onto the bead cord.

step 4 - Slip a red bead onto the cord and push it toward the clasp.  The bead will cover the crimp.

step 4 - Slip a red bead onto the cord and push it toward the clasp.  The bead will cover the crimp.

step 2 - Pass the cord’s needle through the top loop in the clasp, then back through the crimp bead.

step 2 - Pass the cord’s needle through the top loop in the clasp, then back through the crimp bead.

step 5 - String on a silver bead, a red bead, a silver bead and a spacer bar.  Add three more sets of silver beads and red beads, each separated by a spacer bar. 

step 5 - String on a silver bead, a red bead, a silver bead and a spacer bar.  Add three more sets of silver beads and red beads, each separated by a spacer bar. 

step 3 - Slide the crimp bead up the cord, close to the loop.  Use the crimp tool to secure the bead.  If you have questions on using the crimp tool see How To Use A Double Crimp Tool.  When the bead is secure, cut off the cord’s short tail cleanly and as close as possible to the bead.

step 3 - Slide the crimp bead up the cord, close to the loop.  Use the crimp tool to secure the bead.  If you have questions on using the crimp tool see How To Use A Double Crimp Tool.  When the bead is secure, cut off the cord’s short tail cleanly and as close as possible to the bead.

step 6 - Slide a crimp bead onto the cord.  Slip the cord through the loop in the clasp, then back through the crimp bead.  Pull the cord snugly to eliminate spaces between the elements on the cord.  Crimp the bead and cut off the cord’s short tail.

step 6 - Slide a crimp bead onto the cord.  Slip the cord through the loop in the clasp, then back through the crimp bead.  Pull the cord snugly to eliminate spaces between the elements on the cord.  Crimp the bead and cut off the cord’s short tail.

step 7 - Create the second row of beading by attaching cord to the bottom clasp loop and secure with a crimp bead just as you did with the top row.

step 7 - Create the second row of beading by attaching cord to the bottom clasp loop and secure with a crimp bead just as you did with the top row.

step 8 - Add silver and red beads.  Slide the needle through the bottom holes of the spacer bar and continue adding beads until the bottom row matches the top row.  To complete the bracelet, attach the cord to the clasp and secure with a crimp bead.

step 8 - Add silver and red beads.  Slide the needle through the bottom holes of the spacer bar and continue adding beads until the bottom row matches the top row.  To complete the bracelet, attach the cord to the clasp and secure with a crimp bead.

 


Supplies

At JoAnn’s

  • Swarovski 3/4” spacer bars - 3
  • clasp
  • Jewelry Basics red beads - 16

At Amazon

  • 4mm Silver beads - 20
  • Griffin #5 (or larger) Bead Cord
  • Double crimp tool
  • crimp beads - 4

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