Desert at Dusk Bracelet Instructions Designed by Cheri Carlson
Layers and layers of beads make this multi-strand masterpiece stand out! With help from an Artbeads Designer Seed Bead Blend and Czech glass beads, designer Cheri created a color palette that will put you in mind of a desert oasis underneath a setting sun. Find more inspiration for using Artbeads Designer Seed Bead Blends in your style in this Artbeads Cafe episode.
Step one: Cut a length of jewelry wire approximately 10 inches long. String a sterling silver 2x2mm crimp tube onto the end, followed by a sterling silver 5mm open jump ring. Bring the wire back through the crimp tube, creating a small loop around the jump ring, and crimp in place. Cover the crimp with a sterling silver 3mm crimp cover. For help with crimp covers, please see our Handy Tip. String on a random pattern of beads that can include Dakota Stones 2mm turquoise heishi beads, Dakota Stones 4mm turquoise roundel beads, beads from the Artbeads Ruby Red Designer Blend, 6x9mm cranberry red mix roundel beads and 2mm fire-polished opaque champagne luster beads. Make the strand to the desired length and then string on a crimp tube and a 5mm jump ring. Bring the wire back through the crimp tube and crimp in place. Cover the crimp with a crimp cover.
Step two: Repeat the step above to create a total of 13 beaded strands. These strands will only be attached to 5 jump rings on either end, so add them in groups of three and two strands per jump ring.
Step three: Take a group of three strands and attach the jump ring on one end to the last ring on a TierraCast silver antique beaded 5-1 link. For help opening and closing jump rings, please see our Handy Tip Video. Attach the other end to the corresponding loop on another 5-1 link. Take a group of two strands and attach the jump ring to the next ring over on the link and repeat for the other end of the strands and the corresponding link. Keep adding your groups of strands in an alternating pattern to the links.
Step four: Link three sterling silver 5.8mm open jump rings together and use them to attach the bar component of the TierraCast antique silver large beaded clasp set to one end of the bracelet. Attach the loop component to the other end of the bracelet using one 5.8mm jump ring.