Fireworks-TitleIn a few days school will be out and summer vacation is right around the corner.  Not long after that, our nation will be celebrating its 239th birthday!  The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays (after Halloween and Christmas, of course!)  I love getting together with family, eating great food and of course, fireworks!  Here is a bracelet tutorial for some patriotic jewelry to help you celebrate.  This bracelet is a beginner design featuring basic bead stringing techniques so anyone can make one with very little trouble.  Using Swarovski Crystals and TierraCast components, you can make one for yourself and one for a friend for under $50!

Supplies
5pc – 8mm Swarovski Crystal Pearls – Red Coral
5pc – 8mm Swarovski Crystal Pearls – Ivory
3pc – 8mm Swarovski Crystal Pearls – Dark Lapis
2pc – 8mm Swarovski Crystal – Crystal Moonlight
3pc – TierraCast Open Star Charm, Gold
1pc – TierraCast Love Link, Silver
1pc – TierraCast 9×15 Lobster Clasp, Silver
2pc – TierraCast Crimp Tube 2x2mm Bright Silver
3pc – TierraCast Jump Ring 16 Gauge 5mm, Rhodium
3pc – TierraCast Jump Ring 20 Gauge 4x5mm, Rhodium
10in – Softflex Beading Wire Silver .019 49-strand
Supply List found HERE

Fireworks-Steps

Steps:
1) Trim 10 inches of beading wire.  String on a crimp bead, thread through a 5mm jump ring and bring the wire back through the crimp bead.  Crimp using crimp bead pliers.  Trim excess.  (Images 1-2)
2) String on the beads in the following order: blue, crystal, blue, crystal, blue and then alternate the red and white beads.  (Images 3-4)
3) String on a crimp bead, thread through a 5mm jump ring and bring the wire back through the crimp bead.  Secure the crimp beads using crimp bead pliers.  Trim excess.  (Images 5-8)
4) Open the jump ring next to the last white bead and connect it to the hole on the left side of the Love link.  Connect a 5mm jump ring into the hole on the right side of the link.  (Images 9, 11)
5) Open the jump ring next to the last blue bead and connect it to the lobster clasp. (Image 10)
6) Connect an oval jump ring to each of the gold stars and link them together.  Attach them to the jump ring on the left side of the Love link.  (Images 13-16)

Love3The pattern of the beads mimics our flag, with alternating red and white beads and sparkling crystals between the rich blue.  The contrast of the gold stars with the rest of the silver components really make the design pop.  In a matter of minutes you can create your own festive, patriotic jewelry.  Will you be making any patriotic jewelry for this 4th of July?  We would love to see your work! Please share your designs on our Facebook page HERE.  Need some more inspiration?  Check out this post from the archives HERE.  Hope you have a Happy Friday, folks!

Kelsy

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2 thoughts on “Fireworks Bracelet featuring Swarovski Crystals

    • June 8, 2015 at 10:51 am
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      Thank you, Pearl!

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