Featured Project ~ July 2008
Have fun incorporating many techniques into this fun summer bracelet! Layer & wrap filigree with your favorite bead for a stunning focal, accent chain with dangles of aquatic teensie charms & clusters of sparkling Swarovski crystals!
Natural brass beads & findings:
CH30- 6.5 x 9.5mm Etched Cable Chain
CL60- 21 x 9mm Swirl Clasp Set
DP25- 10mm x 7mm Teensie Turtle Charm
DP292- 9.5mm round Teensie Frog Charm
DP293- 9.5mm round Teensie Lizard Charm
F02- 9 x 27mm Full Droplet Filigree ï¿½ wrap
F330- 38mm Gerbera Petal Filigree ï¿½ wrap
HPF15- 1.5" Pearl Head Pin
JR30- 5.25mm Jump Ring
Tools & Supplies:
Ergonomic Rosary Plier, Round with Cutter
Ergonomic Chain Nose Plier with Cutter
4mm Swarovski crystal bi-cones
6mm glass rings
15mm lampwork glass bead
STEP by STEPS
Step 1: Create your focal.
A: Open all four sides of the full droplet filigree by simply pulling down the petals with your fingers or chain nose pliers.
B: Slightly form the gerbera petal filigree to make an arch to fit the top of your wrist.
C: Hold the lampwork bead or any other stone you prefer on top of the center of the gerbera petal filigree.
D: Place the opened full droplet filigree over your bead or stone and begin wrapping the sides (or petals) with chain nose pliers around the gerbera petal filigree to secure.
E: With your pliers, flatten all four corners of the droplet filigree closet to the bead to secure it from moving.
Step 2: Create your beaded drops.
A: String one 4mm crystal bi-cone onto a 1.5" pearl head pin. Repeat for a total of ten crystal drops.
B: Form a wrapped loop on each of the drops. Begin with a 90 degree bend near the top of your bead. Use your rosary pliers to form a simple loop with the tail overlapping. Wrap the tail tightly down the neck of the wire to create coils. (refer to the clustering technique on the tips and techniques page)
Step 3: Prepare your bracelet.
A: Separate desired length of etched cable chain by opening the link with your chain nose pliers. (keep in mind that the filigree focal and swirl clasp add approximately 2 1/4" in finished length).
B: Attach a swirl clasp to one end of the chain and the ring end of the clasp to one side of the filigree focal.
Step 4: Attach your charms, rings and drops.
A: Use jump rings to attach your charms, glass rings and crystal drops to the chain, passing the jump ring around the links of the etched cable chain by alternating the styles and colors only using one item per link.
B: When all of your charms, rings and drops are connected to the chain, attach the end of the chain without the swirl to the opposite end of the filigree focal.
Your bracelet is complete, Enjoy!
Techniques: Wrapping, Linking, Clustering,
Materials: Pearls, Crystals, Lampwork glass,