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Swinging beads bracelet and earrings

Simple jewelry project uses oval jump rings for fluid effect
Swinging beads bracelet and earrings

This simple bracelet requires nothing more than an eye for color and opening and closing jump rings. Oval jump rings lend the beads a bit of wiggle room that gives the bracelet that extra swing.

Read the instructions below, which includes matching earrings, or download the free project PDF above.

Supplies

Bracelet

  • 22 x 27 mm poppy pendant
  • 30–34 10 mm glass teardrop beads
  • 7–8 in. (18–20 cm) rolo chain, 8 mm links
  • 30–34 9 mm oval jump rings
  • lobster claw clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers,or 2 pairs of chainnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Earrings

  • 2 29 mm circle pendants
  • 12 10 mm glass teardrop beads
  • 12 7 mm jump rings
  • 2 6 mm jump rings
  • pair of hammered earring posts with loop, plus ear nuts
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers,or 2 pairs of chainnose pliers

Beads from Unicorne Beads, 800.833.2095800.833.2095 FREE, unicornebeads.com. Chain, pendant, and findings from The Whole Bead Shop, 800.796.5350800.796.5350 FREE, wholebeadshop.com. Earring findings from Nina Designs, 800.336.6462800.336.6462 FREE, ninadesigns.com.

Color note

The beads are Nocturnelle, Glimmering Moss, and Sapphire Sparkle.

Bracelet – Instructions


Swinging beads bracelet 1
Swinging beads bracelet 2

1. Cut a 7–8-in. (18–20 cm) piece of chain. Open a jump ring. Attach a teardrop bead to the fourth link of the chain. Close the jump ring. Use a jump ring to attach another teardrop to the same link.

2. Attach two teardrops to every other link, leaving a few links open at the end. Use a jump ring to attach a pendant to the next open link.

Swinging beads bracelet 3

3. On one end, use a jump ring to attach a lobster claw clasp and the chain. On the other end, attach a jump ring.

*TIP: Make sure you use a large enough lobster claw clasp for the scale and weight of the bracelet. I used a 14 mm clasp.

Earrings – Instructions
Swinging beads earrings 1
Swinging beads earrings 2

1. Open a 7 mm jump ring. Attach a teardrop bead to a circle pendant. Close the jump ring. Attach a total of six teardrops.

2. Use a 6 mm jump ring to attach the dangle and the loop of an earring post. Make a second earring.

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