How to make a Swarovski Crystal Bead Bracelet

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    by Alexis Rohlin

    About the Author

    Alexis Rohlin is a professional writer for various websites. She has produced works for Red Anvil Publishing and was one of the top 10 finalists in the 2007 Midnight Hour Short Story Contest for OnceWritten.com. Rohlin holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in English from Madonna University.

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    Swarovski crystal beads are made in Austria. They have bright, uniform colors and a sparkling opalescent sheen that makes them stand out in any piece of jewelry. Use Swarovski crystal beads to make a four-strand bracelet that will be sure to catch even the most discerning jewelry lover's eye. Combine different colors and shapes, and add other coordinating beads, such as ceramic or gemstone to highlight the sparkle and fire of the crystal.

    Things You'll Need

    • 8 jump rings, 4-mm inner diameter
    • Clasp, 4-loop slide lock
    • Crimp beads
    • Crimping pliers
    • Flush-cut wire cutters
    • Round silver beads, 3 mm
    • Swarovski crystal beads, 4 mm
    • Silver tube beads, 6 by 3 mm
    • 7 spacer bars, 4 holes

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    Pick up a jump ring. A jump ring is a ring with a slit cut in it that is used to connect clasps to jewelry wire. Hold the right side of the jump ring near the slit with chain-nose pliers. Hold the left side of the jump ring near the slit with flat-nosed pliers. Bend the right side of the jump ring up and the left side of the jump ring down with the pliers to open the jump ring.

    Take apart the slide-lock clasp. Slide the open jump ring onto the top loop of the first half of the slide-lock clasp. Pick up the right and left sides of the jump ring with the same pliers. Bend the right end of the jump ring down and the left end of the jump ring up to close the jump ring. Add jump rings to the rest of the loops located on the clasp halves in the same manner.

    Cut four 12-inch pieces of flexible beading wire with flush-cut wire cutters.

    Pick up one of the 12-inch beading wires. Slide a crimp bead onto one end of the wire, 1/2 inch down from the end. Insert the crimp bead end of the wire through the jump ring on the top loop of the left half of the clasp. Bend the wire back over the jump ring and reinsert it through the crimp bead. Slide the crimp bead up against the jump ring so there is no wire showing between the jump ring and the bead. Place the crimping plier's jaws over the crimp bead and apply even pressure on the handle to crimp the bead shut and hold the looped wire end in place on the jump ring. Trim off the extra wire from the short end that sticks out of the crimping bead with the wire cutters. The other beading wire ends will be attached to the jump rings on the clasp halves in the same manner.

    String a round silver bead onto the wire and slide it all the way down to the clasp. String two 4-mm Swarovski round crystal beads onto the wire. String on a 6- by 3-mm silver tube bead. String on a Swarovski crystal bead. String two Swarovski round crystal beads onto the beading wire. Insert the end of the beading wire through the top hole of a four-hole spacer bar.

    Continue stringing on beads and spacer bars in the same pattern until you have eight of each bead on the wire and seven spacer bars. When you reach the end of the wire, instead of inserting the wire through a spacer bar, insert it through the jump ring at the top loop of the other end of the slide-lock clasp. String on a crimp bead, pull the beads on the beading wire tight and thread the wire back through the crimp bead. Pull the wire to ensure that the beads are snug on it and no wire is showing, then crimp the bead with the crimping pliers. Trim off the remaining wire end with the flush cutters. All the other beading wire ends will be attached to the jump rings on the right half of the clasp with a crimp bead once you have strung the beads onto them.

    Attach the next wire to the second-down-from-the-top jump ring with a crimp bead. Add the beads as before, and insert the wire into the second hole of the spacer bars when you string them onto the wire. When you reach the end, attach the wire to the corresponding second jump ring on the other half of the clasp with a crimp bead.

    Repeat this process with the third and fourth beading wires to complete making your Swarovski crystal bead bracelet. Attach the third wire to the third down from the top jump ring with a crimp bead, add the beads in the same order and insert the wire through the third hole down on the spacer bar. When you reach the end, attach the third wire to the third jump ring with a crimp bead. Attach the fourth wire to the fourth down from the top jump ring with a crimp bead, add the beads, and insert the wire through the fourth hole of the spacer bars. Attach the other end of the fourth wire to the fourth jump ring on the right clasp half with a crimp bead. Trim the wire ends to finish making the bracelet.

    • Put a small drop of jewelry glue or clear fingernail polish inside the crimp bead as extra assurance that the wire won't come undone.
    • Don't pull the wire too tight or it may kink or become too stiff to comfortably wrap around your wrist.