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July birthstone: Ruby red bracelets

This is a tale of two bracelets. When I turned to my stash and found an abundance of ruby red, I couldn’t decide how best to use the beads — a memory wire cuff or a dangle bracelet? But why say, “or” when you can say, “and”? Both bracelets are perfect for using up your leftovers and can be adjusted according to the number of beads you have to work with.


Memory wire cuff

  • 14–18 15 mm teardrop beads
  • 20–26 10–12 mm round beads
  • 6–8 8 mm rondelles
  • 42–56 4 mm round beads
  • 20–26 7 mm bead caps
  • memory wire, 2 1⁄2 in. (5 cm) diameter
  • roundnose pliersheavy-duty wire cutters

Dangle bracelet

  • 10–12 15 mm teardrop beads
  • 8–10 10–12 mm round beads
  • 3–4 8 mm rondelles
  • 16–18 4 mm round beads
  • 10–12 7 mm bead caps
  • 5 1⁄2–6 1⁄2 in. (14–16.5 cm) chain, 4 mm links
  • 21–26 2-in. (5 cm) head pins
  • 2 4 mm jump rings
  • lobster claw clasp
  • 1 in. (2.5 cm) chain for extender, 6 mm links
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Check your local bead store for supplies.



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1. Use heavy-duty wire cutters to cut a piece of memory wire with the desired number of coils. Use roundnose pliers to make a loop on one end.

2. String beads and bead caps as desired (Stash sense, right) until the bracelet is within 1⁄4 in. (6 mm) of the finished length. Make a loop and trim the excess wire.



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1. On a head pin, string one or two beads and bead caps as desired. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make 21 to 26 bead units. Set one bead unit aside for step 4.

2. Cut a 51⁄2–61⁄2-in. (14–16.5 cm) piece of 4 mm link chain. Open a jump ring and attach an end link and a lobster claw clasp. Close the jump ring.


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Step 4

3. Skip a few links and attach a bead unit. Complete the wraps. Attach a bead unit to every other link until the beaded section is within 1⁄2 in. (1.3 mm) of the finished length.

4. Use a jump ring to attach an end link and a 1-in. (2.5 cm) piece of 6 mm link chain. Attach a bead unit and the end link of the extender chain.

No two stashes are the same, but consider this when stringing: 
• Keep to beads of a similar size.
• Make one color dominant. For the cuff, I used two deep red beads for every light red one. 
• Use metal accents to tie the look together. In both bracelets, I used gold beads throughout and bead caps to frame the deep red pearls.
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