This summery Briolette Beaded Bracelet features faceted briolettes that go back and forth on the wire like magic! It’s made using a classic bead-stringing technique that anyone can do. We’ll show you how!
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How To Make A Briolette Beaded Bracelet
24 *Top-drilled, faceted glass briolettes, seafoam green, 6mm x 9mm
23 Faceted gold nugget beads, 2mm x 3mm
2 Clamshell beads tips, gold
2 Crimp beads, gold
1 Trigger clasp with attached jump ring, gold, 4mmx8mm
1 Pineapple charm, gold, 6mmx13mm
1 Jump ring, gold, 4mm
1 Jump ring, 3mm
Piece of loop chain, gold, 1″ long
Bead stringing wire, gold, 19-strand
*The briolettes we used in this bracelet are top-drilled, which means that they are drilled across the top and not down through the center of the bead.
1. Start by cutting a 10″ piece of the bead-stringing wire using the wire cutters. Then place a piece of masking tape over one end of the bead-stringing wire to keep the beads from sliding off the wire.
2. Feed a seafoam briolette onto the bead-stringing wire followed by a gold nugget bead.
Then continue alternately sliding on a briolette followed by a nugget until all the briolettes and nuggets are on the wire. Slide the beads together to get the back-and-forth effect. It’s automatic!
3. To finish the first end of the bracelet, feed the untaped end of the wire up through the bottom of a clamshell bead tip. Then feed a crimp bead onto the wire.
4. Using the chain-nose pliers, slide the crimp bead close to the end of the wire and flatten it in place. Make sure the crimp is flattened enough to stay put! Use the wire cutters to trim off any excess wire next to the flattened crimp.
5. Press the clamshell bead tip closed over the flattened crimp bead using the chain-nose pliers. Do this gently so the concave clamshell doesn’t get a dent!
6. Open the jump ring that is attached to the trigger clasp. To do this, find the split or cut in the jump ring and hold the jump ring to one side of the split using one pair of pliers. Hold the jump ring on the other side of that split with a second pair of pliers. Then rotate one pair of pliers up while rotating the other pliers down. This will open the jump ring and keep its round shape, so it closes back tightly.
7. Feed the open jump ring with the trigger clasp on it through the loops on the clamshell bead tip. Use the chain-nose pliers to press the jump ring closed.
8. To finish the other end of the bracelet, slide all the beads down to the trigger-clasp end and remove the masking tape from the wire. Feed that end of the wire up through the bottom of the second clamshell bead tip then feed on a crimp bead, sliding the crimp down the wire so it sits inside the clamshell. Remove the slack from your beads, then flatten the crimp inside the clamshell using the tip of the chain-nose pliers. Use the wire cutters to trim the wire next to the flattened crimp. Gently press the clamshell bead tip closed over the flattened crimp bead using chain-nose pliers.
9. To add the chain, open the 4mm jump ring using two pliers. Feed the open jump ring through the loops on the clamshell and through the last link of the chain. Press the jump ring close with the chain-nose pliers. This piece of chain will make the bracelet adjustable!
10. For a playful finishing touch, open the 3mm jump ring with two pliers and use it to attach the pineapple charm to the end of the chain. Press the jump ring closed with the chain-nose pliers.
Isn’t that Briolette Beaded Bracelet pretty? We love the way the briolettes naturally go back and forth on the wire. And that pineapple charm is just too cute! Let us know if you make your own Briolette Beaded Bracelet. We’d love to hear from you!
Jennifer & Kitty
PS: If you like using briolette beads in your jewelry, you might enjoy making these projects, too!
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