Saturday, July 26, 2014

Ocean Bracelet

This pretty bracelet has colors that remind me of the ocean and being on the beach. The finish on the beads is like seaglass, to add to the beachy feeling. 
Materials: 6 colors of briolette beads, small clear seed beads, beading wire, crimp beads, lobster clasp, bent nose pliers, and wire cutters. 
Cut a piece of wire several inches longer than your wrist. Thread a crimp bead, the clasp, and then back through the crimp bead. With the pliers, crimp it to secure the bracelet. 
Begin stringing the beads. Hide the end of the wire as you go. I strung mine from light to dark, then back to light. I also strung five of each of the six colors. 
When you have finished stringing, finish off the end with the other part of the clasp like you did in the beginning. 
Make three other strands following the same method. 
All finished!
Enjoy this bracelet this summer!
Xoxo, Alyssa 


21 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this bracelet post at City of Creative Dream's City of Links last Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)

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  2. Nice work keep it up you can use serpentine and black tourmaline stone also which has good color combination

    regards
    imrangems998@gmail.com

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  3. I love it! Can you tell me where you found the beads?

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    1. The three green colors were one strand, and the three blue colors were from a different strand. Both strands were the same brand, and I found them at A.C. Moore

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  4. Is there a reason you didn't finish and cover the crimps? I've found those tag-type receivers for the clasp eventually wear through coated stringing wire. I prefer jump rings.

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    1. Do you mean you attach the wire to the jump ring with a crimp, then the jump ring to the clasp? I've never had an issue, so I do it this way sometimes. I tend to do it the way I described above when I use toggle clasps, so to allow more space to slide a toggle clasp in place.

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    2. Yes - I use jump rings because they don't wear through the wire.

      I finish the crimp with a second pressing (what a crimp plier is made to do - a two-step process) and then cover the crimp with a crimp cover for a cleaner, more complete/professional finish.

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    3. I'm not sure what you mean about wearing through the wire, but like I said, I've never had an issue. I don't use the crimp covers since I see plenty of things without them.

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    4. You can use wire guards or French bout lion to protect the wire loop from wear. I do this with jump rings
      s and tag clasps to make sure this stress point is protected.

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  5. How can you coordinate a color like this? Can this bracelet be made into a different color?

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    1. You can choose to use whichever colors you would like. Just choose two similar colors in different shades, to create the ombré effect.

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  6. How do you attach the three additional strands to the first one?

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    1. You also attach them to the clasp with crimp beads, the same way as the first one.

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  7. Where can I find these beads. Have looked everywhere for them.

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    1. I found these at A.C.Moore. I believe I have seen similar ones at Joann Craft store.

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  8. Have tried both those stores several times in the sat few months and couldn't find them nor Michael's. Bought them a year or so ago in one of those stores and unable to find them since and checked all their sites as well. If anyone finds a source would love to hear about it as several people have asked for the earrings.

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    1. Joann craft store has a large bead selection, and you can order online. You could try looking there as well.

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  9. Actually, I am Katt's mom, Marce,
    Your beads are smooth and I can't find those either, but FireMountainGems.com has FACETED briolettes in a variety of sizes in semi-precious stones and CZs sold in pkgs of two up to sixteen inch strands. My favs are the multicolor tourmaline, but they are sold out of both sizes and not taking back orders. But since you can buy the beads in small quantities, mixing colors to get the quantity price break, you are able to get exactly what you need. Hope this helps. Love the bracelet.
    PS You can also try ShipwreckBeads.com as they currently are having a sale but don't have as many colors.

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