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Getting Started - Bracelet

Sample Shopping List for a Beginner Bracelet:
  • Swarovski 5000 6mm Faceted Round Erinite (5000-ERIN6)
  • TierraCast antique silver small Turkish heishi spacers (SA-0425)
  • TierraCast antique silver bar and ring clasp set (SA-6016)
  • Sterling silver 2x2mm crimp tubes (SS-CRM2)
  • Bead Crimper Tool (TOOL-100)
  • Nipper Tool(TOOL-101)
  • Artbeads Designer Jewelry Wire, 49-Strand .019 30-Feet (ZP49-30F-019)
  • Our Artbeads Starter Sets for Bead Stringing (SET001) and Jewelry-Making Tools (000-TOOLSET001) also include helpful components for making beginner bracelets

Making a Simple Bracelet

Step 1
Measure the desired length of your bracelet with the jewelry wire, and add three inches. Cut the wire using the nipper tool.

Step 2
Thread one end of the wire through a crimp tube and then loop it through the small hole on the loop portion of the toggle clasp. Thread the wire back through the crimp tube and push the crimp tube as close to the loop as possible, leaving a little bit of space so the clasp is not stiff.

Step 3
Take the bead crimper tool and place the crimp tube into the notch closest to the plier handles. Make sure each end of the wire is sticking out on opposite sides of the crimp tube. Give the tool a firm squeeze. Your crimp tube should now have a "U" shape, with one end of the wire sticking out of each opening. Move the crimp tube to the second notch of the tool, the notch farthest from the handles. Squeeze again. This will bring the two sides of the "U" shape together. Cut any excess wire using the nipper tool.

Step 4
Begin stringing the Swarovski crystal beads and spacers onto the jewelry wire in an alternating pattern, beginning and ending with a spacer.

Step 5
Continue the Swarovski and spacer pattern until you reach the end. Leave about 1 1/2 inches of bare wire at the end to finish the design. Repeat steps two and three, replacing the loop portion of the toggle clasp with the bar portion. If you need extra help, be sure to read our Handy Tips available in the Learning Center.

Bead Jargon

Swarovski crystal bead: the colorful round bead
Spacer: the silver rounded ring with bumpy edges
Toggle clasp: the two silver pieces that include one long skinny piece (the bar) and one large ring (the loop), both affixed with smaller holes at one end
Crimp tube: the small, silver tube shape
Bead crimper tool: the blue handle pliers with two notches in the jaws
Nipper tool: the black handle pliers with a thick, fat jaw on top and pointed jaw on the bottom
Chain nose pliers: the pliers with smooth jaws and tapered tips at the end with slightly rounded edges. If these pliers were lying on a table, the tips would look like triangles
Round nose pliers: the pliers with thin jaws and round tips at the end. If these pliers were lying on a table, the tips would look like cones
Jewelry wire: the spool of stainless steel wire

Handy Tips & Videos
How to Use a Crimp ToolCrimp Tube Handy Tip Video

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