I've been intending to make my mum a bracelet since before Christmas. She is the biggest fan of my jewelry creations, and wears my designs more often than I do. I'm always crafting on a deadline for work and seldom get to take time out to make gifts. Work and band commitments took away two of our children for the day leaving us with just a little girl at home. She adores her dad and was thrilled to have him to herself while I focused on bead work.
The plans for this gift started when I potted rooted cuttings from my Cape Angel plant. My favorite houseplant, it blooms sweet purple flowers all year round and despite the shade from our Hemlock woods. The color of the blooms is the same as the polished stone beads, a color that also works well with my mums wardrobe. I poured through the rest of my bead stash this morning to find the leaf, flower, and freshwater pearls to accompany the stones. I used the limited color palette as a device to tie together the different bead styles and shapes. Despite it's intriguing appearance this bracelet uses very simple beginner beading techniques.
I'm grateful for a day of personal crafting: a quiet afternoon of bead stringing for someone very special. Here's hoping this spring offers you moments of solace and creativity.
Finished size: 7'1/2"
9" section of 19 strand .015 copper colored Stringing wire - Beadalon
Antique gold lobster clasp - Blue Moon Beads
5 12mm antique gold jump rings - Blue Moon Beads
2 antique gold crimp beads - Blue Moon Beads
1 antique gold head pin - Blue Moon Beads
18 Semi precious stone beads 'Enchanted Planet' - Blue Moon Beads
12 4mm violet blue freshwater pearls
5 glass flower beads - purple
5 glass leaf beads 'Color Coordinates' - Blue Moon Beads
1 16mm glass flower bead
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
*please note all supplies were provided by the manufacturers
1. Fold tape over the end of your bead strand and begin stringing the first part of the sequence, three stone beads.
2. String the second part of the sequence: freshwater pearl, leaf bead, freshwater pearl.
3. Use your chain nose pliers to open a jump ring laterally and then slide a glass flower bead onto the ring. Carefully close the ring and string it onto the wire to complete the sequence.
4. Repeat the bead sequence in steps 1-3 four times, ending with three additional stone beads.
5. Check the length around your wrist, if necessary string a fresh water pearl to either end. To make the flower dangle first string the glass flower onto a head pin. Use round nose pliers to shape the end of the pin into a loop, wrap the wire end around the base of the loop and trim away the excess wire.
6. String the flower dangle onto one end of the bracelet, follow it with a crimp bead and one part of the clasp. String the wire back through the crimp bead and then use chain nose pliers to squeeze the crimp flat, trim the wire end with flush cutters. String the second crimp bead and other part of the clasp onto the other side of the bracelet. String the wire back through the crimp, be sure to remove any slack from the wire before squeezing the crimp flat and trimming the end.