An Elegant Bead and Chain Bracelet
Teri Packel , probably the woman who influenced my beading the most, gave me this gorgeous bracelet a recent bead show.It was too beautiful not to be shared, and she graciously gave me permission
You will need 14 inches of long and short chain, the chain used in this example has 3 short links, and one long.
Make sure your links are big enough to pass your wire through
needle nose pliers, chain nose pliers
10 to 14 inches of 22 or 24 gauge wire
2 jump rings
1 toggle clasp
beads that are at least 4mm or bigger, with a hole large enough for
the wire. Crystals, pearls, gemstones
2 Bali daisy type spacer beads for each of the larger beads (so the
above bracelet used 18 Bali spacers)
Cut the chain in half, make sure that they match.Cut the wire into 1 inch pieces, turn a small loop in the bottom of the first piece of wire using the needle nosed pliers, then thread the wire through one of the small links in your long and short chain, about a half inch to an inch from the end.Thread on a spacer bead, a main accent bead, another spacer,then through the same link space on the other chain. Turn another small loop, and trim. This is why the chains need to match up! The spacers in the example are shown in gold for clarity.
Continue adding links between the chains this way at even or uneven intervals (your choice, this bracelet is endlessly adaptable) until you are about an inch away from the ends of the chain. Attach the toggle clasp to the ends using the jump rings.
Those are the basic instructions for Teri's gorgeous bracelet. Her bracelets are incredible, some of them have staggered bead sizes, in crystals and stones, the can be elegant, or delicate, or outright funky and fun. Depending on the chain, beads, and clasps used.
I'd love to put together a gallery of this style of bracelet if you would send me pictures!
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