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Classic Pearls Bracelet

Instructions for making the Classic Pearl Beads Bracelet using common jewelry tools, and jewelry supplies.

 

Making a classic pearl bracelet is easy by comparison with the necklace.  Instead of using a jewelry wire component that we make as a clasp, we use a commercial clasp.  The other significant difference between this jewelry making project and the necklace is that we add a guard chain with the clasp.  Here are the steps in making this bracelet. 

This is a beginner's jewelry making project

Jewelry Making Supplies:

  • Beads
  • Soft Flex Bead Stringing Wire
  • Crimp Beads
  • Commercial Clasp
  • Commercial Chain (Optional for guard chain)
  • 20 or 22 gauge jewelry wire (Optional)

Jewelry Tools:

  • Cutter specially hardened for cutting stainless steel wire.
  • Bead Crimping Pliers
  • Hemostat clamp to hold beads on bead stringing wire temporarily.

Jewelry Making Skills:

  • Ability to cut bead strining wire with specially hardened cutter.
  • Ability to string beads on bead stringing wire.
  • Ability to use crimp beads with bead crimping pliers to attach a clasp to bead stringing wire permanently.

Step 1: Using your stainless steel wire cutters cut 10 inches of .019 Soft Flex or Soft Touch bead stringing wire. 
 

Classic Pearl Beads Bracelet made using common jewelry tools and jewelry supplies.

 

Step 2:  Thread a 2x2mm crimp bead onto one end of the bead stringing wire.  Then thread a 2 1/2 inch segment of fine commercial chain onto the bead stringing wire.  This will become the guard chain.  Finally, thread the bead stringing wire through one of the loops in the commercial clasp and back through the crimp bead.  Crimp the bead to lock the clasp and one end of the bead stringing wire in place. 
 

Close up of Classic Pearl Beads Bracelet.

 

Step 3:  Thread 24 Swarovski Crystal Pearl Beads and 23 1mm crimp beads (alternating) onto your bead stringing wire.  Again, I recommend using a hemostat to clamp the end of your bead stringing wire every time you set this project down to avoid playing follow the bouncing bead.  (No fun!)  As an alternative to using the crimp beads between the pearl beads, you can use seed beads instead of the crimp beads between the pearl beads.  You will still need crimp beads at the beginning and ending of the bracelet of necklace to attach the clasp permanently.  Crimp beads are less expensive than crimp beads so this may be a cheaper way to make this bracelet of necklace.  

Classic Pearl Beads Bracelet and Necklace

Step 4:  With your last 6mm crystal pearl bead in place on the bead stringing wire, thread a 2x2mm crimp bead onto the bead stringing wire, followed by the other end of the guard chain.  Now thread the bead stringing wire through the loop in the other end of your commercial clasp and back through the crimp bead.  Pull all the slack out of the bead stringing wire so that there is very little bead stringing wire showing where it loops through the clasp and all your beads are snug, one against the other.  Now try this bracelet on to make sure that the size is correct.  Add or remove beads if necessary so that the bracelet fits properly.




Step 5:  Crimp the crimp bead to lock your beads in place.  Cut the excess bead stringing wire using your stainless steel cutter. 
 

Classic Pearl Beads Bracelet jewelry making project

Alternative Design made using WigJig jewelry tools:

This alternative design is a new configuration for the catch portion of the clasp used with this necklace.  The instructions for the hook portion of the clasp remains the same as described here, but the catch is changed.  The combined hook and catch clasp can be seen at right.  Instructions for making this catch are provided below.
 

Hook and clasp made using jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tools.

 


Step A:  Cut a 4 inch segment of 20 gauge jewelry wire and make a loop in the flush end of this jewelry wire segment (not the sharp end). 

Step B:  Straighten this jewelry wire segment. 

Step C:  Position a metal peg and a 1/4 inch Super Peg in your WigJig jewelry tool separated by about 1/2 inch as shown at right.  Place the loop in your jewelry wire on peg one as shown.
 


Step C to making a clasp for the Classic Pearl Beads Bracelet showing peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tool.

Step C
Peg Pattern on
WigJig Jewelry Tool

 

 

Step D:  Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 2  in the pattern on your jewelry making jigas shown.


Step D to making a clasp for the Classic Pearl Beads Bracelet using jewelry wire on a WigJig jewelry tool.

Step D

 

Step E:  Now wrap the jewelry wire around peg 1 in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool. 


Step 3 to using a WigJig jewlery tool to make a clasp for the Classic Pearl Beads Bracelet.

Step E

 

Step F:  Now remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and place both the initial and final loops made on peg 1 onto the jaws of your Fine Step Jaw Pliers.  Grip the jewelry wire component in the Fine Step Jaw Pliers with your non-dominant hand.  With your dominant hand wrap the wire tail around the wire two full turns. 
 


Jewelry wire hook made on WigJig jewelry tool.

Step F

 

Step G:  Cut the excess jewelry wire and using your bent chain nose pliers gently squeeze the end of the wire so that it will lay flat.  Your finished catch should appear as shown at right.

 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

This jewelry making project is a classic because most people are very familiar with pearl necklaces.  A bracelet with pearl beads is not as common as a necklace for the simple reason that in the past pearl beads were not as inherently strong has glass beads.  Pearl beads were more suceptable to getting scratched and bracelets are normally made with beads that are immune to being scratched.  Fortunately, times have changed and you can make a very nice pearl beads bracelet using "glass pearls".  Glass pearl beads are beads that look like a pearl but are machine made by coating a regular glass bead with a pearl like coating.  For this reason, a pearl bracelet is now an acceptable jewelry item and doesn't violate the old rules about jewelry making.


Finished jewelry wire hook made on WigJig jewelry tool

Step G

 

 

 



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