Shipwreck Beads is going to be at Bead Fest Fall this year! I am so excited, I can barely contain myself. I will be teaching 6 different make-n-takes in the Inspiration Playground and I may even be teaching a class! While experimenting and brainstorming different ideas, I feel like we have come up with a great collection of projects and techniques to teach. Anyway, as far as the class, one of the ideas we came up with was a gorgeous mixed media bracelet featuring silk ribbon and of course, some bling! The bracelets featured in this post are what I came up with. While the actual class may be a little different, I think we have a winner!
As you can see in the header picture, each bracelet is slightly different. I was experimenting with different clasp types and end connections trying to come up with something pretty, economical and easy to teach to a large group of people. I tried a version using some 3-hole end connectors, a version with a 3-strand toggle clasp and then a couple just using jump rings and chain. The simplicity of the only the jump rings is nice but I also like the versions that use the end connectors. I love that 3-strand clasp but I’m not sure that it’s right for this project. What do you think of the different end connections?
Fold Over End Crimp
SS12 Rhinestone Cup Chain
Cup Chain Connectors
TierraCast 3-hole End Bar
Asst. Mixed Czech Glass Beads
Satin Hamilton Gold Heart Bead
5mm Jump Ring
6mm Jump Ring
TierraCast 4x6mm Cable Chain
1) String about 6 inches of beads onto the beading wire in your desired order. Use spacers or other metal beads to add more interest to the design. Connect the beaded strand to the center hole of the connector using a crimp bead and pair of crimp bead pliers. (Images 1-5)
2) Trim off the finished end of the silk ribbon. Attach the fold over end connector to the cut end but bending one side with a pair of chain nose pliers and then press the other end of the connector over. Cut the ribbon to 6.5 inches and attach a fold over end to the opposite side. Connect the ribbon strand to one of the outer holes of the 3-hole connector with a 5mm jump ring on each side. (Images 6-9)
3) Cut 6 inches of rhinestone cup chain. Place the last crystal into the cup chain connector and gently fold the prongs of the connector over the crystal. Repeat on the opposite side. Use a 5mm jump ring to connect the cup chain to each 3-hole connector. (Images 10-13)
4) Use a 6mm jump ring to connect the lobster clasp to one side of the bracelet. Trim about an inch of cable chain and connect it to the other connector with a 6mm jump ring. (Images 14-16)
5) String a bead onto the head pin and begin making a wrapped loop. Before you finish the loop, add it to the end of the chain. Finish wrapping the head pin to complete the beaded dangle. (Images 17-19)
Here is the bracelet that was shown and described in the tutorial. The little heart bead was a total afterthought but it’s my favorite part of this piece. It was just sitting there in my tray when I was looking for spacer beads and I thought it would be a fun addition. Sometimes, it’s those tiny details that make a huge difference!
Midnight Swim Bracelet Supply List: HERE
This version of the bracelet was created using the same basic techniques, except here I used a 3-hole clasp. Instead of connecting the strands to a connector, they are attached to the clasp. Add extra jump rings when attaching the t-bar to the clasp to make the bracelet longer, as needed.
Black Tie Bracelet Supply List: HERE
This version skips the 3-hole connector all together and simply attaches the strands directly to a 6mm jump ring. I think this is actually my favorite way to end this bracelet. The clasp connection looks less bulky and doesn’t take any of the focus away from the bracelet. The little beaded dangle is just a nice and easy way to add a bit of flair.
Tropical Waters Bracelet Supply List: HERE
It’s hard to tell in this photo, but the ribbon here is a dark chocolate brown. It’s a really gorgeous color that tones down the bright copper and gold and gives this bracelet a more down to earth feel. By including matte finish beads in the design, it adds to that natural rustic feel while the rhinestone chain adds a huge pop of sparkle. In this version, I opted to use jump rings, a lobster clasp and chain for a simpler clasp options.
El Dorado Bracelet Supply List: HERE
Again, another bracelet where the colors of the photo simply do not do it any justice. This is a beautiful bracelet and I love the way the copper rhinestone chain adds a rustic look. The colors of this bracelet make me think of a beautiful garden, with blooming flowers and bright leaves in every shade of green. If you imagine hard enough, you can almost smell it! Flowers in the sunshine, the dampness of the earth… it makes me want to go out and garden!
Garden Party Bracelet Supply List: HERE
I had a lot of fun with this project, obviously. Once I got playing around with different colors and what not, it was hard to restrain myself! You might have the same problem too once you hear about the great sale we are having! Right now, all Findings and Components are on sale for 25% off! That’s over 8,300 items, including the rhinestone cup chain shown in this tutorial. Also on sale for 25% off is all of our Pendants and Charms! Sticky Crystal is also on sale for 35% off. If you haven’t had a chance to check out this great new product from Preciosa Crystal, then you should take a look at this blog post! Check out our website now to check out all of the great deals available! Sale ends July 27th, 2016.