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Pearl cluster bracelet

For a non-traditional take on a classic piece, add an unexpected, off-center cluster of pearl dangles!

Create your eye-catching display using different shapes and colors than the ones in the rest of your bracelet. Use just a few or as many dangles as you want to embellish this otherwise simply strung strand. 

SUPPLIES 

  • 30–40 7 mm pearls
  • 8 6 mm pearls
  • 5 4 mm pearls
  • flexible beading wire, .010 or .012
  • 4 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • 2 crimp beads
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)

Check your local bead store for supplies.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Use top- or diagonally-drilled pearls in the dangles, and play with potato and button pearls for the strand. 

Pearl cluster bracelet Step 1
1. On a head pin, string a 6 mm pearl and a 4 mm pearl. Make a wrapped loop. On another head pin, string a 6 mm and make a wrapped loop. Make a total of four pearl dangles.
Pearl cluster bracelet Step 2
2. Cut a piece of beading wire. String: 6 mm, pearl dangle, 4 mm, dangle, dangle, 4 mm, dangle, 6 mm, 4 mm.
Pearl cluster bracelet Step 3
3. On one end, string 1 1⁄2 in. (3.8 cm) of 7 mm pearls. On the other end, string 7 mms until the strand is within 1 1⁄2  in. (3.8 cm) of the finished length.
 
Pearl cluster bracelet Step 4
4. On each end, string: 7 mm, 6 mm, crimp bead, 6 mm, half of a clasp. Check the fit, and add or remove beads if necessary. Go back through the last few beads strung and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire.
Pearl cluster bracelet Matching earrings
Attach pearl dangles to an eye pin or cluster dangles around a seed bead core.
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