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Make a bracelet to support a cause

Pick a color and spread the word with a stylish bracelet
Make a bracelet to support a cause

I created the purple version of this design for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which takes place in October. Domestic abuse awareness is very important to me, but you can make a bracelet to support any cause, like the red bracelet to promote HIV/AIDS awareness. For a list of issues and their representative colors, visit artbeads.com and search for “awareness.”

Read instructions on making the bracelet below, or download the free project PDF above, which includes instructions for earrings as well.

Supplies

Bracelet

  • 10–12 mm awareness-ribbon charm (Artbeads.com, 866.715.2323)
  • 6–8 8 mm faceted round beads
  • 20–26 4 mm bicone crystals, 13–17 in color A, 7–9 in color B
  • 24–32 3 mm bicone crystals
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads, in two or three colors
  • 2 4 mm round mirror spacers
  • 14–18 4 mm flat spacers
  • 5–7 3 mm round stardust spacers
  • 6 3 mm round plain spacers
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 2 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • 2 5 mm jump rings
  • 3–4 mm jump ring
  • 2 crimp tubes
  • lobster claw clasp
  • 3⁄4 in. (1.9 cm) chain for extender,4–6 mm links
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
Tip!
  • You can use 8 mm gemstones, crystals, or glass beads. In my purple bracelet, I used amethyst beads, and in my red bracelet, I used Swarovski crystals in dark red coral.
  • For seed beads, I used three different shades of the same color and strung them randomly. If you decide to use seed beads that are not in the same color family, consider stringing them in a regular pattern.
Instructions
Make a bracelet to support a cause 1
Step 1
Make a bracelet to support a cause 2
Step 2

1. Decide how long you want your bracelet to be. Double that length, add 6 in. (15 cm), and cut a piece of beading wire to that length.         

On the wire, center a 5 mm jump ring. Over both ends of the wire, string a plain spacer, a crimp tube, a plain spacer, and a mirror spacer. Make a folded crimp.

2. On the top wire, string: 3 mm bicone crystal, 11/0 seed bead, 4 mm color A bicone crystal, 11/0, 4 mm color B bicone, 11/0, 4 mm color A bicone, 11/0, 3 mm bicone.

On the bottom wire, string: 11/0, 3 mm bicone, flat spacer, 8 mm round bead, flat spacer, 3 mm bicone, 11/0.

Make a bracelet to support a cause 3
Step 3
Make a bracelet to support a cause 4
Step 4

3. Over both wires, string a stardust spacer. Tighten the wires so the top wire curves over the 8 mm round.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 on the same wires. As you string, the 4 mm-bicone strand will curve around the 8 mm-round strand. Repeat until the bracelet is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length. End with the pattern from step 2.

Make a bracelet to support a cause 5
Step 5
Make a bracelet to support a cause 6
Step 6

5. Over both wires, string: mirror spacer, plain spacer, crimp tube, plain spacer, 5 mm jump ring. Check the fit, and add or remove beads if necessary. Go back through the beads just strung and tighten the wires. Make a folded crimp and trim the excess wire.

6. On one end, open the 5 mm jump ring and attach a lobster claw clasp. Close the jump ring. Repeat on the other end, substituting a 3⁄4-in. (1.9 cm) piece of chain for the clasp.

Use a 3–4 mm jump ring to attach an awareness-ribbon charm to the 5 mm jump ring with the clasp.

Make a bracelet to support a cause 7
Step 7
Make a bracelet to support a cause 8
Step 8

7. On a head pin, string a 4 mm color A bicone, a flat spacer, and a plain spacer. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make a second bead unit using a 4 mm color B bicone.

8. Attach the color A unit to the end of the extender chain. Attach the remaining unit to the next link. Complete the wraps.

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