Featured Project ~ March 2009
Combine our swooping swallow pendant and nouveau swirls bar to make this creative toggle! Add teensie lizard charms and genuine turquoise to create this Santa Fe inspired bracelet!
Natural brass beads & findings:
BC10- 7mm Filigree Bead Cap
BD70- 3mm Melon Spacer Bead
BD210- 7.5 x 7mm Pineapple Bead
DP293- 9.5mm round Teensie Lizard Charm
EP1- 1” Eye Pin
EP15- 1.5” Eye Pin
HP1- 1” Head Pin
HPF15- 1 1/2” Pearl Head Pin
JRD10- 9.5mm Jump Ring
JR20- 4.75mm Jump Ring
JR30- 5.25mm Jump Ring
JR40- 7.25mm Jump Ring
P260- 21 x 41mm Swooping Swallow
TB50- 26 x 8mm Nouveau Swirls Creative Bar
Tools & Supplies:
Bronze freshwater pearls
STEP by STEPS
Step 1: Create your bead links & drops.
A. Using rosary or round nose pliers; pull the loop end of the 1.5” eye pin towards you. Bend it anywhere in between a 45° and a 90° angle. Continue by turning the eye pin away from you (keeping the angle) until you’ve completed two full revolutions of a coiled loop. String a turquoise nugget onto the eye pin. Repeat this technique to create a coiled loop on opposite end, achieving plenty of tension on the turquoise bead. Repeat to make a total of 4 links. Set aside.
B. String a lava rondelle onto a 1” eye pin. Form a simple loop. Repeat to make a total of 4 links. Set aside.
C. String a pineapple bead onto a 1” head pin. Form a simple loop. Repeat to make a total of 4 drops. Set aside.
D. String a melon spacer bead, filigree bead cap, and freshwater pearl onto a 1.5” pearl head pin. Form a wrapped loop. Attach a 4.75mm jump ring and close to secure. Repeat to make a total of 4 drops. Set aside.
E. String a freshwater pearl onto a 1.5” pearl head pin. Form a wrapped loop. Set aside.
F. Attach a 4.75mm jump ring to the lizard charms and close to secure.
Step 2: Connect your bead links & drops.
A. Add a lizard charm, pineapple bead link, and filigree covered pearl drop to a 9.5mm jump ring.
B. Connect a turquoise bead link and a lava bead link to the same jump ring with the charm and drops. Close jump ring to secure.
C. Add a 5.25mm jump ring to the opposite end of the lava bead link.
D. Continue by adding a turquoise bead link and repeating step A & B until you reach your desired length.
Step 3: Add a Creative Toggle Clasp.
A. String a 1” head pin through the Nouveau Swirls Creative Bar. Holding the toggle bar securely with your fingers, use the rosary pliers to grip the straight end of the head pin. While still holding securely, pull the head pin towards you. Bend it anywhere in between a 45° and a 90° angle. Continue by turning the head pin away from you (keeping the angle) until you’ve completed two full revolutions of a coiled loop, achieving plenty of tension on the toggle bar.
B. Add a 5.25mm jump ring to the coiled loop and attach it to the jump ring of the end lava bead link. Close jump ring to secure.
C. Using your fingers slightly curve the swooping swallow so it has a bend to it. Add a 5.25mm jump ring to the opening of a wing and to the turquoise bead link on the opposite end of bracelet. Close jump ring to secure.
D. Add a 7.25mm jump ring to the plain pearl drop and attach it to the same opening of the swallow’s wing as the turquoise link. Close jump ring to secure.
E. To open and close bracelet; feed the toggle bar through the opposite opening of the swallow’s wing until secure.
Your bracelet is complete, Enjoy!
Techniques: Linking, Clustering,
Materials: Pearls, Crystals, Gemstones,