Suede Crystal Bracelet

Supplies
24 or 26 gauge wire
Quick Links large connector
Quick Links 20mm square diamond cut solid rings
Quick Links 16.5mm triangle diamond cut solid rings
Assorted beads 11/0 seed beads in assorted colors Clasp Jump rings if needed to attach clasp

Tools:
Wire Cutter
Chain nose pliers

 

Directions

First take a look at your square and triangle rings; they should have a side that is smooth and a side that is textured. You might want to decide if you want to have all the same texture facing the same side of the bracelet. Note that if you are concerned about the neatness of your wire wraps then the side that is textured will help disguise any inconsistencies. If you look at the square as you would a frame, we will basically be using wire to wrap seed beads on the left and right sides of the square that is facing out. We will then use wire to wrap on beads to fill up the empty space in the square; you can wrap the wire on any party of the square excluding the corners.

 

***TIP***by leaving at least 1/8 of an inch free on the corners, it allows you enough room to connect the components with the connector links.

 

Step 1: Take one of the triangles and 4 inches of wire. Hold the triangle and about 1 inch of wire in one hand. Use your other hand to start wrapping the wire around the triangle of an inch in from the corner. Do about 2-3 wraps then string on a seed bead, move the bead so that it is adjacent to your last wrap and it is on the side that will be facing up (not the side that will be against your skin). Do about 2-3 wraps right next to the seed bead. String on another seed bead and repeat. You should have about of an inch of the triangle unwrapped by each corner. Trim off the ends of the wire with a wire cutter and press down the ends if necessary with the chain nose pliers.

 

Repeat to the next side of the triangle. Attach your clasp to the corner that is between the 2 embellished sides of the triangle.

 

Step 2: Now let’s do a square. Take 4 inches of wire and a square. Repeat the wrapping of 2 seed beads (2-3 wraps between beads) on one side of the square. This side will eventually be connected to the triangle you finished.

 

On the opposite side of the square, use 5 inches of wire to wrap on 3 seed beads (2-3 wraps between beads). This side will eventually connect to another square. Take 6 inches of wire and randomly wrap a variety of beads so that the wire is crisscrossing between the sides of the square to fill up the space, keep the corners free of any wraps at least 1/8 of an inch in.

 

Use the quick link connector to connect the square to the triangle, remember to match up the side with the 2 seed beads to the side of the triangle that is un-embellished.

 

Step 3: Let’s do another square, this time we are going to use 6 inches of wire to wrap 3 seed beads (2-3 wraps between beads) on one side of a square. Repeat on the opposite side of the square. Take 6 inches of wire and randomly wrap a variety of beads so that the wire is crisscrossing between the sides of the square to fill up the space, keep the corners free of any wraps at least 1/8 of an inch in.

 

Use the quick link connector to connect the squares.

 

Repeat step 3 with more squares until you reach the length you need for a bracelet but remember that for the last square, the last side to be embellished will only be with 2 seed beads since it will be connected to a triangle (see step 2).

 

Repeat step 1 for the triangle and attach the other end of the clasp to this piece.

2008 Ben Franklin Crafts, Inc.

 

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