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Colorful cubic zirconia bracelet

A single strand is pretty on its own, but a two-strand bracelet boasts a wider array of colors.

I bought these mixed strands of CZs at last year’s Bead&Button Show. The briolettes were sold on 8-in. (20 cm) strands with spacers in between, making them perfect for bracelets.

SUPPLIES

  • 2 8-in. (20 cm) strands cubic zirconia briolettes
  • 1 g 13/0 seed beads or Charlottes
  • 2 4–5 mm large-hole spacers
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 2 crimp beads
  • magnetic clasp
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Briolette strands available from Eclectica. Individual briolettes available from Artbeads.com. Check your local bead store for supplies. 

INSTRUCTIONS

PICK YOUR STYLE
Choose your bracelet style: single strand or two-strand?
Single strand
A single strand of CZs shines in a color-blocked arrangement.
Double strand
Combine a spectrum of colors in a two-strand bracelet.
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MAKE YOUR BRACELET

1. Cut a piece of beading wire. String a briolette and seven 13/0 seed beads or Charlottes.

Repeat until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length, ending with a briolette.

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2. Repeat step 1 to make a second strand the same length as the first. As you string, compare the strands so that the briolettes have a pleasing color contrast.
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3. On one side, on each wire, string three 13/0s or Charlottes. Over both wires, string a crimp bead, a large-hole spacer, and half of a clasp. Repeat on the other side. Check the fit, and add or remove beads if necessary.

Go back through the spacer and crimp bead and tighten the wires. Crimp the crimp beads and trim the excess wire.

Tip!
  • When you select your strands of beads, twist them together to see how they look. I bought these two because I liked the top strand’s paler colors paired with the bottom strand’s darker, intense hues. 
  • If you want to make earrings, remove briolettes before you string the bracelet. From one end of the top strand, I took out four briolettes. From the bottom strand, I removed two pale yellow briolettes from one end and two red ones from the center.
TIPS
HOW ABOUT SOME EARRINGS?
Try simple hoop earrings that maintain the delicate proportions of the bracelet. Or, attach a briolette to an earring thread that mimics the bracelet’s tiny gold beads.
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