Featured Project ~ June 2009
Take the amazing colors of a lingering sunset where ever you go! Create a fantastic bracelet with a burst of inspiring crystals and gemstones with some great Vintaj focal pieces.
Natural brass beads & findings:
BC10- 7mm Filigree Bead Cap
BC20 – 7.5mm Ornate Bead Cap
BC40- 12mm Filigree Bead Cap
BC50 – 8mm Etruscan Bead Cap
BD180- 2mm Round Crimp Bead
BD30- 4mm Melon Bead
BD50- 12mm Filigree Bead Wrap
BD160- 6mm Tube Spacer Bead
CL50- 21x6mm Tiny Hook and Eye Clasp
DP80- 16x18mm Sand Dollar Charm
DP370- 8x12mm Filigree Tear Drop
F300- 38x35mm Orchid Filigree
HPF15- 1.5” Pearl Head Pin
HP1- 1” Head Pin
JR20- 4.75mm Jump Ring
Tools & Supplies:
TSPL30 - Ergonomic Rosary Plier, Round with Cutter (Round-nose pliers)
TSPL40- Ergonomic Chain Nose Plier with Cutter (Flat-nose pliers)
TSPL20- Bead Smith Ergonomic Side Cutter (Wire cutters)
TSBW20- 100 FT. 19 Strand Designer Series Bronze Bead Wire
4mm Sun Swarovski Crystal bicone
6mm Indicolite Swarovski Crystal rounds
6mm Crystal Swarovski Crystal rounds
Czech glass faceted drops
Cobalt blue Czech glass beads
Handmade Enamel – www.Ckoopbeads.com
STEP by STEPS
Step 1: Create Focal.
A. Center an Orchid filigree to the corner of enamel. Wrap the edges of filigree around the enamel using your flat nose pliers. Crimp down the edges to secure. Wrap the opposite side of the filigree around the enamel over lapping the first wrapped side. Crimp down edges to secure.
B. Repeat wrapping technique on the opposite corner of enamel.
Step 2: String your Bracelet.
A. Cut 8” of beading wire. Place a crimp bead on the end of your wire and loop the wire around a whole in your orchid wrapped filigree. Slide the wire back through the crimp bead and crimp down with your flat nose pliers. Set aside.
B. Attach a 4.75mm jump ring to a filigree tear drop. Close ring to secure. Repeat three times. Set aside.
C. String the following; 12mm bead cap, 20 x 11mm faceted carnelian, 12mm bead cap. Form the bead caps around the gemstone by pushing/molding them with the fingers.
D. Continue stringing the following; blue zircon glass drop, 7mm faceted round carnelian, filigree tear drop, 6mm Crystal Swarovski round, 6mm tube spacer, 6mm Indicolite Swarovski round, 12mm filigree bead, topaz glass drop, 4mm melon bead, 10 x 8mm faceted aqua quartz rectangle, filigree tear drop, 3 amber chips, 6mm Indicolite Swarovski round, 6mm tube spacer, 6mm Crystal Swarovski round, filigree tear drop, and 4mm Sun Swarovski crystal bicone.
E. To finish your strand; attach a 4.75mm jump ring to the loop end of the hook. Close jump ring to secure. String a crimp onto end of beading wire. Loop it through the jump ring that is on the hook. String wire back through your crimp bead and the 4mm Sun crystal. Pull tightly on the end of the wire removing any extra space on your strand. Once that is complete, crimp down with your flat nose pliers. Use your wire cutters to cut the remaining wire as close to your crystal as possible.
Step 3: Adding your dangles.
A. String a variety of bead caps, beads and crystals onto 1” head pins. Make a simple loop.
B. Cut end off of 1.5” pearl head pin. String glass tear drops to center of head pin, bring up ends of pin and create a wrapped loop.
C. Cluster beaded dangles using 4.75mm jump rings. Attach jump rings through the openings of filigree at the corners of enamel.
D. Add filigree tear drop and sand dollar charm to your beaded cluster.
E. Balance your cluster between the two corners of the enamel.
F. Attach a 4.75mm jump ring through an opening of the filigree opposite of the bead strand. Add a 7.25mm jump ring and close to secure. Attach the hook to open and close bracelet.
Your Bracelet is complete, Enjoy!
Techniques: Wrapping, Linking, Clustering,
Materials: Pearls, Crystals, Artist Rendered Enamels,