Easy Bracelet and Earring Set

topaz-mustard.jpgI’m beginning to really appreciate ceramic beads (as a newbie beader, I thought them gaudy!) and this elegant earring and bracelet set is as easy to create as it is beautiful.

These smaller spacer beads I used were the perfect color and not too obtrusive. For the larger spacers, I used elegant gold ones that complemented the clasp. I tend to favor materials reminiscent of an age gone by, and this toggle clasp gives an antique feel, which adds to the beauty of the ceramic beads. If I had some on hand (which I didn’t!), I might have tossed in some topaz Swarovski crystals to make this bracelet really sparkle.

Supplies

Tools

Materials

Techniques

Instructions

Bracelet

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1

Lay Out Your Beads

Arrange your beads and spacers on your design board.

2

Start With the Clasp

String your beading wire through your crimp bead, then through the eye of one half of your clasp; bring it back down through your crimp bead, pull the wire taut and use your crimping pliers to crimp the crimp bead.

3

String Beads

String on your beads in the sequence you laid out.

4

Finish the Bracelet

Finish your bracelet the same way you started, adding the other half of your clasp. Using your chain-nose pliers, push the wire tail back through a few beads before snipping it off.

Earrings

1

Add Beads to Headpin

String the beads on eye pins to make your earrings – a large ceramic bead, one faceted bead, and one of your metal-colored beads. You could use headpins as well; since the beads have big holes, just put at least one smaller bead at the bottom.

2

Attach Earwire

Using your round-nose pliers, make a loop at the top of the headpin. Bend it back slightly so it is centered over the headpin. Slip the earwire into the loop and close it.

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