I love to wear bracelets, especially in the summer. Bangles, charms, thin gold or silver chain, cuff, beaded, friendship, or corded. Light summer clothes and the skin’s summer glow enhance the shine and color of every type of bracelet.
Bracelets are also the best type of jewelry to mix and match. Wear as many as you want, and you have two arms to double the fun!
This dangling bead bracelet is easy and fun to make. It can be dressed up or worn casually with a sleeve-less blouse and a pair of jeans. The instructions use Swarovski beads and pearls and blue colors, but you can use any bead or color as long as you stick to the same sizes.
- Sterling silver chain, 4×5 mm, 7 inches long (or longer if you have a larger wrist)
- Lobster clasp (or a magnetic clasp, which will make it easier to put on)
- 2 open jump rings
- 70 head pins with bead
- 13 6mm bicone sapphire Swarovski crystals
- 12 6mm bicone light sapphire Swarovski crystals
- 13 4mm bicone air blue opal Swarovski crystals
- 12 4mm bicone dark sapphire Swarovski crystals
- 10 6mm night blue Swarovski pearls
- 10 4mm light blue Swarovski pearls
- Cut the chain to a length that fits your wrist. (Remember that the lobster clasp and jump rings will add approximately one inch.)
- Attach the lobster clasp to the chain using a jump ring.
- Attach the second jump ring to the other end of the chain.
- The rest of the bracelet can be assembled anyway you like. Create a pattern, or arrange beads randomly. You have 70 crystals and pearls to put on, so depending on the length of your chain, you will have to place two on some of the links.
- Place a crystal or pearl on a headpin. Using round nose pliers, make a loop right above the bead, then hook the headpin over a link in the chain. Wrap the end of the headpin wire back around itself to finish. The headpin is soft enough that you can use your fingers or pliers. Cut off any excess length of the headpin, being careful not to cut the loop or chain.
HINT: Alternate sides of the links as you are placing the beads so they lay on both sides of the chain.
I’d love to know how your creations turn out!