Make a delicate beaded bracelet with shiny gold beads and real tanzanite gemstones. For this bead stringing project, we’ll share what kind of wire to use, how to add the beads, and how to finish the ends and add the magnet clasp. This bracelet makes a great gift!
Here are the complete instructions to make this bracelet. Our finished bracelet length is 7.5″ long. For women’s bracelets, the standard length is about 6.5 to 7.5 inches long. You can adjust the length of this bracelet by adding or subtracting wire and beads.
How To Make A TanZANITE AND GOLD DELICATE BEADED Bracelet
64 Tanzantite faceted crystal rondelles, 2mmx3mm (about 5 inches on a strand)
17 Gold rondelle beads, gold, 2mmx4mm
Bead stringing wire, 19-strand
2 Clamshell bead tips, gold
2 Crimp beads, gold
2 Jump rings, gold, 4mm
1 Magnet clasp, gold
Bead Bug or masking tape
Second pair of pliers (chain-nose or round-nose)
1. Cut a piece of bead stringing wire 12 inches long. Bead stringing wire is a very soft, coated wire that doesn’t kink or get bends in it like regular wire. It is designed to be stronger than thread. You can find it at your local craft store in the jewelry making section. Bead stringing wire comes in three sizes or thicknesses: 7-strand, 19-strand, and 49-strand. Here’s a video we made about bead stringing wire, why we like it for bead stringing, and how to buy it:
2. Place a Bead Bug or a piece of masking tape over the end of the wire to keep the beads from sliding off.
3. Feed on half of the Tanzanite faceted crystal rondelle beads. They will take up about 2.5 inches on the bracelet wire. Then feed on the gold rondelles. Next feed on the rest of the Tanzanite beads.
4. Slide the end of the wire up through the hole in the bottom of a clamshell bead tip, then slide on a crimp bead. Flatten the crimp bead with chain-nose pliers. Trim the wire with wire cutters. Slide the clamshell bead tip up over the crimp bead so the crimp is cupped inside the clamshell. Then press the clamshell closed gently with chain-nose pliers.
5. Next open a jump ring. We like to do this using two pairs of pliers. Grasp one side of the jump ring across with one pair of pliers. Grasp the other side of the jump ring with the other pair of pliers. Then push one pair of pliers away from you while you pull the other side towards you. This opens the jump ring like opening a door and maintains the round shape. Feed the jump ring through the loop on the clamshell bead tip then feed on the magnet clasp. Close the jump ring.
Here’s a video we made showing how to open a jump ring using two pairs of pliers:
6. To finish the other end, start by removing the Bead Bug or masking tape. Slide the beads down to the magnet-clasp end.
7. Feed the end of the wire up through the hole in the bottom of the other clamshell bead tip, then feed on a crimp bead. Slide the clamshell and crimp bead down to the beads to remove any slack. Press the crimp bead inside the clamshell to flatten it, then trim the wire. Use the chain-nose pliers to gently press the clamshell closed over the crimp bead.
8. Open a jump ring. Feed the jump ring through the loop on the clamshell bead tip then feed on the other side of the magnet clasp. Close the jump ring.
We love how the center gold beads line up with the tanzanite beads and set each other off. We have made this one with black serpentine beads, too. Very pretty! We think this one makes a great gift. Let us know what you think. Leave us a comment!
Jennifer & Kitty