Aphrodite Bracelet Instructions Designed by Cheri Carlson
Soft ivory silk, golden embellishments, creamy pearls and gleaming crystals create a dreamy look perfect for any wedding! Swarovski crystals create a fantastic floral focal atop Nunn Design leaf embellishments. The silk can be wrapped around your wrist for an effortless look any bride would love.
Step one: Slide the Swarovski 10mm round pearl in Cream onto the 2-inch gold-plated 2mm 20 gauge ball end head pin and secure with a clear rubber earwire clutch. Create a wrapped loop at the end of the clutch. Set aside. Using a needle and KO thread, string the five Swarovski 11m flat briolette crystals in Crystal Golden Shadow onto the thread. Form a circle by running the thread through all of the beads again. Secure with a knot. You can reinforce the flower shape created by running the thread through all of the beads several times. Set aside.
Step two: Cut a 1 1/2-foot length of 24 gauge Gold Artbeads Designer Wire and wrap it onto the stem of one of the Nunn Design brass alder leaves embellishments. Wrap it from the end of the stem toward the leaves. Repeat this for the other leaf embellishment. Position the leaves as shown in the picture, with the stems parallel to each other and the leaves pointing away from each other. Leave the center between the stems open enough for the rubber clutch to slide down inside. Wrap the two embellishments together in this position with the wire.
Step three: Place the pearl head pin in the center of the ring of crystal beads. Insert the clutch end of the head pin into the center of the leaves. Thread one of the ends of the wire through the wrapped loop on the head pin and then continue wrapping the leaves together to secure the beaded flower. If the petals are floppy, reinforce them by wrapping the wire between the base of the petals and the leaves. Fold the wrapped loop so that it sits flush behind the embellishment.
Step four: Form the embellishment to fit the curve of your wrist. You can use nylon jaw pliers, a bracelet mandrel or another object to form the piece to the desired shape.
Step five: Use the existing wire to add Swarovski 4mm and 3mm pearls in Cream, Swarovski 6mm faceted rounds in Crystal Golden Shadow and Swarovski 4mm XILION bicones in Crystal Golden Shadow around the flower and down the leaves by twisting the wire around and on top of the leaves. Add more wire as needed.
Step six: Pictured is the finished embellishment. Sew this embellishment to the center of a hand-dyed off white super silk wrap with gold metallic edges. To wear, wrap one piece of ribbon around your wrist to the width desired and tuck the ends in. Then, tie the ribbon with the floral embellishment attached over the top in the center. Tie a knot in the back of the wrist. You can let the tails dangle or shorten the ribbon by cutting and knotting the ends.
Tools & Supplies: The BeadSmith 10 Long English Beading Needles 4-Pack (NEED-04) Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-106) Round Nose Pliers (TOOL-108) Side Cutters - Semi Flush (TOOL-131) Nylon Jaw Pliers (TOOL-105)
List of Components: Hand-Dyed Off White Super Silk Wrap with Gold Metallic Edges (SILK0025, qty 1) Nunn Design Brass Alder Leaves Embellishment (EMBMT-0347, qty 2) Swarovski 6012 11mm Flat Briolette Crystal Golden Shadow (6012-CGS11, qty 5) Swarovski 5810 10mm Round Pearl Cream (5810-CRM10, qty 1) Swarovski 5000 6mm Faceted Round Crystal Golden Shadow (5000-CGS6, qty 6) Swarovski 5328 4mm XILION Bicone Crystal Golden Shadow (5328-CGS4, qty 2) Swarovski 5810 4mm Round Pearl Cream (5810-CRM4, qty 5) Swarovski 5810 3mm Round Pearl Cream (5810-CRM3, qty 5) 2-Inch Gold-Plated 2mm Ball End Head Pin - 20 Gauge (FIND-0479, qty 1) Clear Rubber Earwire Clutch (EWC20, qty 1) KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread 55 yd Spool - Gold (STRNG-0108, qty 1) Artbeads Designer Wire - Gold Non-Tarnish 24 Gauge (36 ft. spool) (ADW0053, qty 1)
These are fun alternatives to those listed above: Swarovski 6012 11mm Flat Briolette Crystal Silver Shade (6012-CSS11) Swarovski 5000 6mm Faceted Round Crystal Silver Shade (5000-CSS6) Swarovski 5328 4mm XILION Bicone Crystal Silver Shade (5328-CSS4) Swarovski 5810 4mm Round Pearl Light Creamrose (5810-CRMROLT4) Swarovski 5810 3mm Round Pearl Light Creamrose (5810-CRMROLT3)