To make this bracelet, start with a bracelet blank and Duda lampwork flower beads. Certainly you can use your own chain and clasp for this project as well.
Choose your accent beads. I generally try to have a wide variety of sizes and shapes to start with… Time to dig into that stash!!
- A. AB White star beads
- B. Leaves
- C. Gemstone rectangles
- D. 6/0 seed beads
- E. Swarovski crystals
- F. 8/0 seed beads
- G. Pressed glass flowers
- H. Variety of 11/0 seed beads
- I. 6/0 seed beads
- J. Square pearls
- K. Fire polished beads
Here are the tools that I use to add the beads to the bracelet.
- A. Pliers from Rio Grande
- B. Signature tag (optional) available from Rio Grande
- C. Daisy sterling spacers
- D. 24g sterling silver wire dead soft
- E. Swarovski Chaton headpins
- F. 1″ sterling silver head pins
Equally space your focal flowers or beads along the bracelet chain. I used star spacers and Swarovski chaton headpins to attach the focal lampwork beads for this bracelet.
Here you can see that I have evenly spaced the focal beads and I have left enough chain at the end to work for the toggle clasp. I often add small seed beads to this end chain to completely embellish the bracelet…
Next I begin to add the accent beads. Here I have added the leaves on the other side of each flower. Then I evenly added pearl beads between each lampwork focal. This is my general strategy in adding beads so that they pleasantly accent the lampwork and are nicely spaced along the chain. I continue to divide the empty space in half by adding new beads until the chain has one bead in each link.
Here you can clearly see the space that I divided in two when I added the next bead. (NOTE – none of these divisions are exact, no one is going to count your links to check your spacing! Just have fun and make it pretty!)
I just keep dividing the empty space and adding beads until it is full, then I go and add one more bead to each link, these are usually smaller beads to help add that lush quality that I like in my bracelets. I like one bead hanging off the chain on each side of the link. Certainly you can stop at any time! Sometimes less is more… but generally I think more is better! Ha! But of course there are no rules. :D
Ta-dah! All done!