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Linked in bead and chain bracelet

Add color and class by crossing crystals and pearls through chain links
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MATERIALS


bracelet 7¾ in. (19.7 cm)

  • 48 4 mm pearls (dark gray, white, or cream)
  • 48 4 mm bicone crystals (white opal, ruby AB, or turquoise AB 2X)
  • 2 g 11/0 seed beads (TR-11-928, TR-11-81, or TR-11-990)
  • 3-strand slide clasp
  • 25 in. (64 cm) 4 mm open-link box or oval chain
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
  • 2 pairs of pliers
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Photo A

1. Count 46 links of chain, open and remove the 47th link as if it were a jump ring, and set the link aside. Repeat twice to make three chains with 46 links each. 

2. Open an end link of one of the chains, attach it to the first loop of half of the clasp, and close the link. Repeat with the other two chains and the remaining loops of this half of the clasp. Using the links removed in step 1, attach the remaining end links of the chains to the corresponding loops of the other half of the clasp, making sure the chains aren’t twisted. 

3. Thread a needle on each end of 2 yd. (1.8 m) of Fireline, and center the thread in the first link of the first chain. Pick up a 4 mm pearl, and sew through the first link of the second chain. Pick up a pearl, and sew through the first link of the third chain (PHOTO A).

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Photo B
4. With one needle, pick up a 4 mm bicone crystal, five 11/0 seed beads, and a bicone. Skip a link, and sew through the next link of the nearest chain (PHOTO B). 
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Photo C
Pick up a pearl, and sew through the corresponding link of the next chain. Repeat, then pick up a bicone (PHOTO C). 
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Photo D

With the other needle, pick up a bicone and five 11/0s. Skip a link of the nearest chain, and cross through the last four beads and three links picked up with the other needle (PHOTO D). 

 

5. With one needle, pick up five 11/0s and a bicone. Skip a link, and sew through the next link of the nearest chain. Pick up a pearl, and sew through the corresponding link of the next chain. Repeat, and pick up a bicone. With the other needle, pick up five 11/0s, and cross through the last four beads and three links picked up with the other needle. 

6. Repeat step 5 until you cross through the links attached to the clasp at the other end of the bracelet. Retrace the thread path through the entire bracelet, and end the threads.

 

DESIGNER'S NOTES:

  •  If your chain links don’t open, omit two links from the length of chain needed, and use oval jump rings the same size as your chain to attach the end links to the clasp loops.
  • You can use a right-angle weave thread path if you prefer using one needle.
  • Use a two-strand slide clasp and two chains to make a narrow version of this bracelet. The one above uses oval chain, 6 mm bicones, and 11/0 seed beads along the edges. Adjust the number of 11/0s for the size of the chain links.
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