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Iron Butterfly Bracelet

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Iron Butterfly Bracelet Instructions
Designed by Cynthia Kimura

Large, chunky bracelets are in fashion, and this "Iron Butterfly" design offers a charming vintage twist to the trend. Brilliant Swarovski crystals stand out among an antiqued brass background for alluring contrast and a design that is easily constructed in minutes.

Step one:
Use a pair of nylon jaw pliers to gently bend an antique brass winged link to fit the contour of your wrist.

Step two:
Use E6000 Glue to affix twelve Swarovski SS9 XILION rose flatbacks in crystal to the antique brass winged link. We used a jewel setter to place four flatbacks vertically along the center of the link and four flatbacks on each side of the link in mirrored locations. Refer to the above pictures to see the precise flatback positions we used. Allow to dry.

Step three:
Attach an antique brass bail to the outer loop on either side of the winged link so that the decorated side of each bail faces outwards. Leave the bails un-clamped.

Step four:
You may need to adjust the chain length depending on your desired bracelet size. Attach a 2.5-inch piece of antique brass-plated 1+1 infinity link chain to the bail on the left side of the winged link by threading one link of the chain inside the bail and clamping the bail closed with chain nose pliers. Attach a 6mm antique brass-plated open jump ring to the other end of the chain. Next, connect a 12x7mm antique brass-plated trigger clasp to the bail on the right side of the link using an open jump ring. For help with jump rings, click here.
Estimated time: Less than 30 minutes (plus drying time)
Difficulty level: Beginner

Tools and Supplies Used:
Chain nose pliers (TOOL-106)
Side cutters - semi flush (TOOL-131)
Nylon jaw pliers (TOOL-105)
Jewel setter 2 pack (TOOL-170)
E6000 Glue 3.7 FL. OZ. (E6000)
List of Components:
Antique brass winged link (BBA-LX12, qty 1)
Antique brass bail (BBA-BAIL01, qty 2)
Antique brass-plated 1+1 infinity link chain (BBACH20, qty 1)
12x7mm antique brass-plated trigger clasp (BBA-CL03, qty 1)
6mm antique brass-plated open jump ring (BBA-OJR06, qty 2)
Swarovski 2058 SS9 XILION rose flatback crystal (2058-CRY9, qty 12)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

Kabela Design Antique Brass Winged Link
Code: BBA-LX12
Length 70mm, Width 52mm 
$12.86 $11.18$12.21 $10.62$11.59 $10.08
Kabela Design Antique Brass Bail
Code: BBA-BAIL01
Height 12mm, Width 8mm 
$3.52 $3.06$3.33 $2.89$3.15 $2.74
Antique Brass-Plated 1+1 Infinity Link Chain by the Foot
Code: BBACH20
Link 3.5mm x 3mm, 3mm x 2mm, Gauge 25 
$1.76 $1.47$1.66 $1.39$1.56 $1.31
12 x 7mm Antique Brass-Plated Trigger Clasp
Code: BBA-CL03
Length 12mm, Width 7mm 
$0.53 $0.36$0.49 $0.33$0.46 $0.31
6mm Antique Brass-Plated Open Jump Ring
Code: BBA-OJR06
Length 6mm, Width 6mm, 18 gauge 
Sale Price: $0.04
Price: $0.05
Swarovski 2058 SS9 Xilion Rose Enhanced Flatback Crystal
Code: 2058-CRY9
Diameter 2.5-2.7mm, Total Height 1mm 
$0.07 $0.05$0.06 $0.04$0.05 $0.03

Alternate Components

Kabela Design Antique Brass Lacy Dream Filigree
Code: BBA-LX45
Length 64mm, Width 22mm 
$4.69 $4.08$4.44 $3.86$4.20 $3.65
Antique Brass-Plated Twisted Double Link with Rolo Links Curb Chain by the Foot
Code: BBACH28
Link 8mm x 6.5mm, Gauge 19, Link 4mm x 4mm, Gauge 13 
$5.74 $4.59$5.44 $4.35$5.15 $4.12

Purchase Tools & Supplies

Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-106
Sale Price: $6.67
Price: $7.67
Side Cutters - Semi Flush
Code: TOOL-131
Sale Price: $10.05
Price: $11.56
Nylon Jaw Pliers
Code: TOOL-105
Sale Price: $16.40
Price: $18.64
The Beadsmith Jewel Setter 2 pack
Code: TOOL-170
Sale Price: $2.20
Price: $2.48
E6000 Glue 3.7 Fluid Ounces
Code: E6000
Sale Price: $5.52
Price: $6.99

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