We both have quite a collection of faceted crystal beads of all shapes and sizes. So we thought it we’d create a Faceted Crystal Beaded Bracelet featuring a mix of crystals in blue-gray and peach. It turned out so pretty! Follow the steps below to make one showcasing your own crystal collection. Or start by going shopping with faceted crystal beads in mind. We found some beauties on Etsy!
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How To Make A Faceted Crystal Beaded Bracelet
2 Faceted crystal rondelles, blue-gray, 4mm x 5mm
2 Faceted crystal coin beads, blue-gray AB*, 8mm x 4mm
2 Faceted Swarovski crystal round beads, sand opal, 8mm
2 Faceted crystal clover beads, peach, 13mm x 13mm
2 Faceted crystal rectangle beads, peach, 12mm x 10mm
2 Faceted crystal rectangle beads, blue-gray AB, 15mm x 12mm
2 Faceted crystal flat round starburst beads, peach AB, 14mm
2 Faceted crystal flat round starburst beads, light-gray AB, 14mm
2 Textured rondelle spacer beads, gold, 4mm x 5mm
*AB stands for Aurora Borealis, a lustrous coating applied to the crystals to create a bright shimmering finish.
2 Clamshell beads tips, gold
2 Crimp beads, gold
1 Lobster clasp with attached jump ring, 6mm x 14mm, gold
1 Bee charm, 12mm x 13mm, gold
1 Jump ring, 4mm, gold
1½” piece of chain, open loop, gold
Bead stringing wire, 19-strand, gold
1. To get started, lay out your beads so they go back and forth between peach and blue-gray separating the pairs of beads as you go. Then place each gold spacer bead between two of the larger beads. We tapered the size of the beads down as we got to each end.
2. Once you’re happy with the design of your Faceted Crystal Beaded Bracelet, cut a 10″ length of bead stringing wire using the wire cutters. Fold a piece of masking tape over one end of the wire to keep the beads from sliding off. Then feed the beads onto the wire in the order you laid out.
3. When you are done beading, feed the end of the wire up through the bottom of a clamshell bead tip.
4. Then feed a crimp bead onto the wire. We like to use chain-nose pliers to pick up the crimp bead since it is so little!
5. Flatten the crimp bead onto the wire toward one end. Use the wire cutters to trim the wire right next to the flattened crimp. Then gently press the clamshell closed over the crimp bead with the chain-nose pliers.
7. Feed one end of chain into the loop on the clamshell. Use round-nose pliers to rotate that loop closed.
8. Now add a little fun by attaching the bee charm to the end of the chain. To do this, open the jump ring using two pairs of pliers. We like to find the split in the jump ring, then hold the jump ring to one side of that split with one pair of pliers. We then use a second pair of pliers to hold the jump ring on the other side of the split and rotate one pair of pliers up and the other down. This way, the jump ring will open, but won’t lose its round shape.
9. Feed the bee charm onto the open jump ring, then use the same technique to rotate the jump ring closed. That end of the Faceted Crystal Beaded Bracelet is finished!
10. Next, slide the beads down to that finished end and remove the masking tape from the other end.
11. Feed that end of wire up through the bottom of a clamshell bead tip. Pick up a crimp bead with the chain-nose pliers and slide it onto the wire. This time, slide the crimp down so it rests inside the clamshell. Remove the slack in your beads and make sure the clamshell is right next to your last bead. To flatten the crimp, reach inside the clamshell with the tip of the chain-nose pliers and press the crimp firmly onto the wire. Trim the wire with wire cutters, then gently press the clamshell bead tip closed over the flattened crimp with chain-nose pliers.
12. Feed the lobster clasp’s jump ring onto the open loop of the clamshell bead tip. Use the round-nose pliers to rotate the loop on the clamshell bead tip closed. To adjust the length of the Faceted Crystal Beaded Bracelet, clasp the lobster through different links in the chain.
How pretty is that Faceted Crystal Beaded Bracelet?! We love how the colors work together and the faceted reflect so much light! Did you notice that we made ours with all matching pairs of crystals? That is one way you could get started, or you could make them all random. The key to the look is just the large faceted crystal beads!
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Jennifer & Kitty