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September birthstone: Sapphire bracelet

Keep it simple, practice, and have fun — that’s my jewelry-making motto. This little bracelet fits the bill with easy stringing. The ombré sapphire briolettes paired with deep blue lapis rondelles make something simple extra special.

SUPPLIES

Bracelet

  • 6–7 mm briolette (for extender)
  • 24–30 5 mm sapphire briolettes, in three colors
  • 54–70 2 mm lapis rondelles
  • flexible beading wire,.014 or.015
  • 3 in. (7.6 cm) 26- or 28-gauge wire
  • 6 mm jump ring
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 2 crimp covers
  • lobster claw clasp and link of chain
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)

Check your local bead store for supplies.

INSTRUCTIONS

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Step 1
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Step 2

1. Cut a 13–15-in. (33–38 cm) piece of beading wire. On the wire, string 2–21⁄2 in. (5–6.4 cm) of 5 mm briolettes, nestling the beads together. Center the briolettes on the wire.

2. On each end of the wire, string rondelles until the bracelet is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length. Check the fit and add or remove beads if necessary.

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Step 3
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Step 4

3. On one end of the wire, string a crimp bead and a lobster claw clasp. Go back through the crimp bead and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead. Use chainnose pliers to close a crimp cover over the crimp.

4. Open a jump ring and attach a link of chain. Close the jump ring. Repeat step 3 on the other end of the wire, substituting the jump ring for the clasp.

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Step 5

5. Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of 26- or 28-gauge wire. On the wire, string a 6–7 mm briolette and make a set of wraps above it. Make the first half of a wrapped loop and attach the chain link from step 4. Complete the wraps.

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