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Delicate Sorbet Shades Braided Bracelets

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If you are looking for the perfect set of layering bracelets, look no further than these Delicate Sorbet Shades Braided Bracelets. These summery braided bangles are chic and versatile enough to be worn all-year round. The bold citrine, amethyst, and pink tourmaline hues make these sorbet-colored beauties must-haves for your accessory collection. Learn how to braid wire with beads to create these fabulous DIY bracelets. Each homemade bracelet has its own unique look, yet they can also complement other colors. Whether you are wearing just one, or a set of these beautiful bangles, they are sure to complete any ensemble.

Delicate Sorbet Shades Braided Bracelets
Delicate Sorbet Shades Braided Bracelets
This image courtesy of softflexcompany.com

Project Type: Make a Project

Bead Type: Seed, Glass

Time to complete: In an evening

Bead Technique Used: Chainmail/Wirework

Bead Project Type: Bracelet

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Notes

Materials:

  • Citrine, Purple Amethyst, or Pink Tourmaline .019 Diameter Soft Flex Beading Wire – 36 inches
  • 2mmx2mm Silver Filled Crimp Tubes - 3 crimps
  • Assorted size 11° and size 8° seed beads - 20-30 seed beads
  • 6-10mm Czech pressed-glass beads - 2 glass beads

 

Tools:

  • Cutters
  • Crimping Pliers
  • Bead Stopper

 

Instructions:

  1. Cut three 12" pieces of wire.

    Delicate Sorbet Shades Braided Bracelets
     
  2. Use 1 crimp tube to string all three pieces of wire. Adjust the wires so that the crimp tube is 2" from the end of one wire and right at the very ends of the other two wires. Crimp the crimp tube.

     
  3. Use the shortest of the three long wire ends to string seed beads in the sizes, colors, and pattern of your choosing. String closer to 20 beads if using mostly size 8s; seed beads and about 30 beads if using mostly size 11°s. Place the Bead Stopper at the end of the wire.

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  4. Begin braiding the three long wire ends. Every time the wire with the beads lands in the middle of the braid, slide 1 bead up into the braid. Continue braiding the wires for about 6 1/2 – 7", adding beads to the strand if necessary.

     
  5. Remove any remaining seed beads from the strand. Use two strands to string 1 crimp tube. Without disturbing the pattern of the braid, gently slide the third wire end into the crimp tube and carefully snug the crimp tube toward the end of the braid. Crimp the crimp tube. Trim the shortest wire end and one other wire end. Do not cut the third wire end.

    Delicate Sorbet Shades Braided Bracelet
     
  6. Use one wire end to string 1 seed bead, 1 pressed-glass bead, 1 seed bead, and 1 crimp tube. Place the Bead Stopper on the wire end. Use the other wire end to string 1 seed bead, 1 pressed-glass bead, and 1 seed bead. Remove the Bead Stopper. Pass the wire through the crimp tube in the opposite direction. Measure the bangle against the circle template and carefully check to see if it will fit over your hand. Add seed beads if extra length is needed. Once the bangle is the right size, crimp the crimp tube and trim wire ends.
     

 

Delicate Sorbet Shades Braided Bracelet

 

 

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This looks lovely! I have not worked much with wire. I want to try this, but I am not sure about using the crimp tube and getting started. It would be good to have a photo of the exact beginning and end of this project. For me, starting and finishing the project correctly is an important issue.

What is a bead stopper?

Hi there, br /A bead stopper is a jewelry making tool that you can use to keep your beads in place while you are creating your jewelry piece. It is a piece of tightly coiled metal wire. There is usually a large loop on either end of the coil, and this loop is very often covered in a soft plastic. The soft plastic covering makes it easier to grip the bead stopper to open, close and position it on your string. The bead stopper is meant to help prevent bead spills! If you go to the top of this page where it says "Bead Store" and click on that, it will take you to our sister site, CutRateCrafts.com. If you type in bead stopper, we have this tool available for purchase. We hope this helps. Happy beading! -Editors of AllFreeJewelryMaking

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