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Britannia Bracelet

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Britannia Bracelet Instructions
Designed by Cheri Carlson

Swarovski crystal and Czech glass beads in delicate colors make a sophisticated statement in this multi-strand memory wire bracelet. You can combine your favorite beads on memory wire for a quick and simple design that is sure to stand out. You can see more inspiration for creating memory wire jewelry in this Artbeads Cafe episode.

Step one:
Cut a piece of the 10z silver memory wire bracelet that is approximately 1.5 coils long. Add a rubber clutch to one end of the wire to keep the beads in place for now.

Step two:
Add the following pattern to the first strand of memory wire:
  • One Swarovski 8mm faceted round in Crystal Antique Pink
  • One Czech glass 9x6mm ivory and crystal opaque mix with bronze finish rondelle bead
  • One Antique Pink 8mm bead
  • One Czech glass bead
  • One Antique Pink 8mm bead
  • One Swarovski 8mm faceted round bead in Light Silk
  • One Czech glass bead
  • One Antique Pink 8mm bead
  • One Czech glass bead
  • One Antique Pink 8mm bead
  • One Light Silk 8mm bead
  • One Czech glass bead
  • One Antique Pink 8mm bead
  • One Czech glass bead
  • Two Antique Pink 8mm beads
  • One Czech glass bead
  • One Antique Pink 8mm bead
  • One Light Silk 8mm bead
  • One Czech glass bead
Add a clutch to the end of the wire to hold the beads in place.

Step three:
Add a clutch to one end of the second memory wire strand and add the following pattern:
  • One Czech glass bead
  • One Light Silk 8mm bead
  • One Antique Pink 8mm bead
  • One Czech glass bead
  • One Antique Pink 8mm bead
  • One Czech glass bead
  • One Antique pink 8mm bead
  • One Czech glass bead
  • Two Antique Pink 8mm beads
  • One Czech glass bead
  • Two Antique Pink 8mm beads
  • One Light Silk 8mm bead
  • One One Czech glass bead
  • One Antique Pink 8mm bead
  • One Czech glass bead
  • One Antique Pink 8mm bead
  • One Czech glass bead
  • One Antique Pink 8mm bead
Add a clutch to the end of the wire to keep the beads in place.

Step four:
Add a clutch to one end of the third memory wire strand and add the following pattern:
  • One Czech glass bead
  • One Antique Pink 8mm bead
  • One Light Silk 8mm bead
  • One Antique Pink 8mm bead
  • One Czech glass bead
  • One Antique Pink 8mm bead
  • One Czech glass bead
  • One Light Silk 8mm bead
  • One Antique Pink 8mm bead
  • One Czech glass bead
  • One Antique Pink 8mm bead
  • One Light Silk 8mm bead
  • One Czech glass bead
  • Two Antique Pink 8mm beads
  • One Czech glass bead
  • One Light Silk 8mm bead
  • One Czech glass bead
  • One Antique Pink 8mm bead
  • One Czech glass bead
Add a clutch to the end of the wire to keep the beads in place.

Step five:
Make sure the beads on your strands are on evenly and snug. To trim the wires, place the memory wire cutters up against the clutch on one end of your strand and cut. This will give you the right amount of wire to form a loop. Remove the clutches and use your memory wire pliers to form a loop. For help with this technique, please see this tutorial video. Repeat on the other end of the wire. Repeat this step for all three strands.

Step six:
String a Swarovski 6mm faceted round in Crystal Antique Pink onto a gold-filled 1.5-inch head pin. Then, add the loop of your first memory wire strand to the head pin. Add an 8mm faceted round to the head pin, and then the loop of your second memory wire strand. Add an 8mm faceted round and then the loop of the third memory wire strand. Add a 6mm Crystal Antique Pink round to the head pin and finish with a simple loop. Repeat for the other end of the bracelet.

Step seven:
Secure the strands of the bracelet together using 24 gauge Gold Artbeads Designer Wire. Follow these instructions for wrapping the wire:
  • Wrap the wire twice around the end of the top strand, then go through the first two beads on the strand
  • Wrap once around the wire between the beads, then go across to the second strand
  • Wrap once around the wire between the beads and go across to the third strand
  • Wrap once around the wire and go through the next five beads on the strand
  • Wrap around the wire between the beads once and go across to the second strand
  • Wrap around between the beads and go across to the first strand
  • Wrap around between the beads then go through the next six beads
  • Wrap around between beads and go across to the second strand
  • Wrap around between beads and go across to the third strand
  • Wrap around between the beads and then go through the next five beads
  • Wrap around between beads and go across to the second strand
  • Wrap around between beads and go across to the first strand
  • Wrap around between beads and go through the next two beads
  • Wrap your wire around twice at the end of the strand and then trim


Step eight:
Add a Swarovski 6mm faceted round bead in Light Silk to a head pin, followed by a Czech glass bead. Attach it to the simple loop on the head pin at one end of your bracelet by creating a wrapped loop.

Step nine:
Add an Antique Pink 8mm bead to a head pin, followed by a Light Silk 6mm faceted round. Attach it to the simple loop on the head pin at the other end of your bracelet by creating a wrapped loop.
Approximate Size: Wrist Size 6
Estimated Time: 2 Hours
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Tools & Supplies:
Memory Wire Shear (TOOL-104)
Beadalon Memory Wire Finishing Plier (TOOL-0213)
Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-106)
Round Nose Pliers (TOOL-108)
Side Cutters - Semi Flush (TOOL-131)
List of Components:
Czech Glass 9 x 6mm Ivory and Crystal Opaque Mix with Bronze Finish Rondelle Bead Strand (BEADS-3212, qty 1)
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Crystal Antique Pink (5000-CAP8, qty 30)
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Bead Light Silk (5000-LSK8, qty 11)
Swarovski 5000 6mm Faceted Round Crystal Antique Pink (5000-CAP6, qty 4)
Swarovski 5000 6mm Faceted Round Bead Light Silk (5000-LSK6, qty 2)
Memory Wire Silver Bracelet 1oz (MWIRE-B1S, qty 1)
Gold-Filled 1.5-Inch Head Pin (GF-HP150-025, qty 4)
Clear Rubber Earwire Clutch (EWC20, qty 6)
Artbeads Designer Wire - Gold Non-Tarnish 24 Gauge (36 ft. spool) (ADW0053, qty 1)

Alternate Products:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
Czech Glass 9 x 6mm Ivory Crystal Mix with Picasso Finish Rondelle Bead Strand (BEADS-3214)
Czech Glass 9 x 6mm Ivory and Topaz Opaque Mix with Purple/Gold Luster Rondelle Bead Strand (BEADS-3213)
Czech Glass 6 x 9mm White with Mauve Crackle Luster Faceted Roundel Bead Strand (BEADS-2034)
Czech Glass 6 x 9mm Fuchsia and Pale Yellow Mixed with Picasso Finish Roundel Bead Strand (BEADS-1559)
Czech Glass 6 x 9mm Pink and Ivory Opaline Mixed with Bronze Finish Roundel Bead Strand (BEADS-1562)
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Crystal Golden Shadow (5000-CGS8)
Swarovski 5000 6mm Faceted Round Crystal Golden Shadow (5000-CGS6)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

Czech Glass 9 x 6mm Ivory and Crystal Opaque Mix with Bronze Finish Rondelle Bead Strand
Code: BEADS-3212
Strand Length Approx. 6 Inch, Length 6mm, Diameter 9mm 
1-34-78+
$9.09 $8.09$8.61 $7.66$8.16 $7.26
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Crystal Antique Pink
Code: 5000-CAP8
Diameter 8mm, Hole Size 1.29mm/16 gauge 
1-1112-2324+
$0.76 $0.61$0.71 $0.57$0.66 $0.53
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Bead Light Silk
Code: 5000-LSK8
Diameter 8mm, Hole Size 1.29mm/16 gauge 
1-1112-2324+
$0.73 $0.56$0.68 $0.52$0.64 $0.49
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 6mm Faceted Round Crystal Antique Pink
Code: 5000-CAP6
Diameter 6mm, Hole Size 1.02mm/18 gauge 
1-1415-2930+
$0.52 $0.41$0.49 $0.39$0.45 $0.36
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 6mm Faceted Round Bead Light Silk
Code: 5000-LSK6
Diameter 6mm, Hole Size 1.02mm/18 gauge 
1-1920-3940+
$0.50 $0.42$0.47 $0.39$0.44 $0.37
Qty>
Beadalon Memory Wire Silver Bracelet 1oz
Code: MWIRE-B1S
Diameter 44-57mm, Wire Gauge .64mm/22 gauge 
Sale Price: $6.18
Price: $7.03
Qty>
Gold-Filled 1.5-Inch Head Pin
Code: GF-HP150-025
Length 1.5 inches, 22 gauge 
1-1112-2324+
$0.59 $0.49$0.54 $0.45$0.49 $0.41
Qty>
Clear Rubber Earwire Clutch
Code: EWC20
Length 3mm, Width 3.5mm 
Sale Price: $0.08
Price: $0.10
Qty>
Artbeads Designer Wire - Gold Non-Tarnish 24 Gauge (36 ft. spool)
Code: ADW0053
24 gauge, 36 feet 
Sale Price: $4.34
Price: $4.99
Qty>

Alternate Components

Czech Glass 9 x 6mm Ivory Crystal Mix with Picasso Finish Rondelle Bead Strand
Code: BEADS-3214
Strand Length Approx. 6 Inch, Length 6mm, Diameter 9mm 
1-34-78+
$7.14 $6.35$6.76 $6.01$6.41 $5.70
Qty>
Czech Glass 9 x 6mm Ivory and Topaz Opaque Mix with Purple/Gold Luster Rondelle Bead Strand
Code: BEADS-3213
Strand Length Approx. 6 Inch, Length 6mm, Diameter 9mm 
1-34-78+
$7.79 $6.93$7.38 $6.56$6.99 $6.22
Qty>
Czech Glass 6 x 9mm White with Mauve Crackle Luster Faceted Roundel Bead Strand
Code: BEADS-2034
Strand Length Approx. 6 Inch, Length 6mm, Diameter 9mm 
1-34-78+
$6.27 $4.76$5.94 $4.51$5.63 $4.27
Qty>
Czech Glass 6 x 9mm Fuchsia and Pale Yellow Mixed with Picasso Finish Roundel Bead Strand
Code: BEADS-1559
Strand Length Approx. 6 Inch, Length 6mm, Diameter 9mm 
1-34-78+
$7.14 $5.42$6.76 $5.13$6.41 $4.87
Qty>
Czech Glass 6 x 9mm Pink and Ivory Opaline Mixed with Bronze Finish Roundel Bead Strand
Code: BEADS-1562
Strand Length Approx. 6 Inch, Length 6mm, Diameter 9mm 
1-34-78+
$9.09 $6.90$8.61 $6.54$8.16 $6.20
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Crystal Golden Shadow
Code: 5000-CGS8
Diameter 8mm, Hole Size 16 gauge/1.29mm 
1-1112-2324+
$0.76 $0.66$0.71 $0.61$0.66 $0.57
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 6mm Faceted Round Crystal Golden Shadow
Code: 5000-CGS6
Diameter 6mm, Hole Size 18 gauge/1.02mm 
1-1415-2930+
$0.52 $0.45$0.49 $0.43$0.45 $0.39
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

Memory Wire Shear
Code: TOOL-104
Sale Price: $14.93
Price: $16.78
Qty>
Beadalon Memory Wire Finishing Plier
Code: TOOL-0213
Sale Price: $8.89
Price: $9.99
Qty>
Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-106
Sale Price: $6.82
Price: $7.67
Qty>
Round Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-108
Sale Price: $6.82
Price: $7.67
Qty>
Side Cutters - Semi Flush
Code: TOOL-131
Sale Price: $10.28
Price: $11.56
Qty>



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