Friday, January 25, 2013
I make the adult bracelets on beading wire. Sometimes we use closures like the one on the left, but most of the time, again for simplicity, I use a lobster claw clasp and a split ring to hook in to. Total finished length on an adult bracelet should be between 7 1/2" to 8", with an average of 7 3/4". I like to carry a few different sizes with me when I go on shoots. For the 8 mm size pearls, this works out to 10 on each side, two crystals in the middle, and maybe a couple of decorative spacer beads. As you can see, for the 6 mm size pearls, it takes more to achieve the same length.
Cut a 9" length of beading wire. Thread one end through a crimp bead, then the split ring, then back through the crimp bead the opposite direction. Slide the crimp bead down until there is just a small loop at the end, and smash flat with pliers. Snip off the excess tail. String half of the pearls, then a crystal. Bend the jump ring open, slide the charm on, and bend it back shut. String it on to the bracelet, then the other crystal and remaining beads followed by the other crimp bead and lobster claw. Bend the end of the beading wire around to go back through the crimp bead in the opposite direction, tug on the wire to cinch it down until there is just a small loop for the clasp to wiggle around in, and smash the crimp bead flat with pliers. Snip the excess end, and tuck any remaining tail into the first bead hole. Ta da! Done!