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Purple pearls bracelet

From lavender to eggplant, pearls in various shades of purple will make for a quick and easy bracelet and earring set!
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Did you know? Purple is a favorite color of those who tend to be unconventional, tolerant, and dignified!
Genuine purple pearls formed by the quahog clam are rare. Luckily, it’s easy to find dyed or irradiated pearls in shades from lavender to eggplant. Whether you like keshi pearls paired with faceted spacers or a strand of stick pearls branching around your wrist, here is one possibility and two variations to string in a snap.
 

SUPPLIES

  • 20–30 mm gemstone accent bead
  • 12–18 12–15 mm pearls
  • 6–10 5–7 mm spacers
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 2 crimp covers
  • 2 Wire Guardians
  • lobster claw clasp and soldered jump ring
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters 
INSTRUCTIONS
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1. Cut a piece of beading wire. String a gemstone accent bead.
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2. String pearls and spacers as desired until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length. 
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3. On one end, string a spacer, a crimp bead, a Wire Guardian, and a lobster claw clasp. Repeat on the other end, substituting a soldered jump ring for the clasp. Check the fit, and add or remove beads if necessary. Go back through the beads just strung and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp beads and trim the excess wire.
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4. On each end, close a crimp cover over the crimp.
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For a more monochromatic look, string purple seed beads instead of spacers.

 

Faceted spacers and a hammered toggle clasp accent large keshi pearls.

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For a fuller bracelet, try stick pearls.

 

TIP: Remove the diagonally drilled stick pearls one at a time from the original strand to string them on the beading wire. Starting with a pile of loose pearls makes it harder to figure out which direction to string them.

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Make some matching earrings! 

Faceted ametrine drops complement the bracelet. Or, highlight the organic theme by pairing keshi pearls with hammered rings.

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