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Pink ribbon bracelet

Unite pearls and crystals in a meaningful bracelet

I was inspired to make this bracelet by my mom’s recent battle with breast cancer. She wasn’t into all the pink ribbon gear when she was first going through treatment, so I wanted to create something fun that she could wear to support the cause. This sparkly charm bracelet was the result. It looks great in other color combinations, too!

SUPPLIES

Bracelet 7 1⁄2 in. (19.1 cm)

  • 5 17 mm pink ribbon charms
  • 18 9 mm bicone crystals, 6 each in three colors (A, B, and C)
  • 18 8 mm round pearls, 6 each in three colors (A, B, and C)
  • 18 6 mm round pearls, 6 each in three colors (A, B, and C)
  • 18 5 mm bicone crystals, 6 each in three colors (A, B, and C)
  • 7 in. (18 cm) long-and-short chain, 10 mm links
  • 72 1-in. (2.5 cm) head pins
  • 5 5 mm jump rings
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Pnk ribbon bracelet 1
Step 1
Cut a 7-in. (18 cm) piece of chain with long links on each end. To make a bead unit: On a head pin, string a bead. Make a plain loop. Make 18 of each of the following bead units (six each in colors A, B, and C): 8 mm (large) pearl units, 9 mm (large) bicone-crystal units, 6 mm (small) pearl units, 5 mm (small) bicone units.
Pnk ribbon bracelet 2
Step 2
Open the loops of a large A bicone unit and a large A pearl unit. Attach the units to one side of a short link and close the loops. Repeat on the opposite side of the link. Skip a short link and attach a large B bicone unit and a large B pearl unit to each side of the next short link. Skip a short link and attach a large C bicone unit and a large C pearl unit to each side of the next short link.
Pnk ribbon bracelet 3
Step 3
Open a jump ring. Attach a charm to the next long link of chain. Close the jump ring.
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Step 4
On the next short link, attach a 5 mm color A crystal bicone and a 6 mm color A pearl to each side of the link. Skip a link and attach a 5 mm color B bicone and a 6 mm color B pearl to each side of the next short link. Skip a link and attach a 5 mm color C bicone and a 6 mm color C pearl to each side of the next short link.
Pnk ribbon bracelet 5
Step 5
Use a jump ring to attach a charm to the next long link.
Pnk ribbon bracelet 6
Step 6
Repeat steps 2 to 5 twice, omitting the charm at the end of the second repeat.
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Step 7
On each end of the chain, open the long link and attach half of a toggle clasp. Close the link. 
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Hands off!
To avoid wrestling with chain, bead units, and tools at the same time, try a Wooden Chain Buddy (orientaltrading.com) or a Chain-Sta (shown, from firemountaingems.com). These stands have hooks on their posts. After you hang the chain, your hands will be free to work with the beads and tools.
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