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Piggy by the Sea Bracelets

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Piggy by the Sea Bracelets Instructions
Designed by Cheri Carlson

You can spice up your jewelry designs with the fun dimension of piggy beads! These two-holed cuties are perfect in these beachy bracelets. The stringing technique is simple, so make these bracelets with friends and family members for a fun project you'll always remember.

Sapphire and Mint Bracelet


Step one:
Cut a length of jewelry wire approximately 20 to 22 inches long. Add the light sapphire small starfish tumbled glass button to the center of the wire. Put a bead stopper on one side of the starfish. On the other side, add two TOHO 8/0 bead rounds in transparent light sapphire.

Step two:
Now you are going to add piggy beads to the wire. You want to string them from the domed side of the bead. In other words, the dome will be pointing toward the TOHOs. String on a 4x8mm Czech glass piggy bead in sapphire through the center stringing hole, followed by a 4x8mm Czech glass piggy bead in mint through the offset hole. Repeat this pattern until you reach your desired length, accounting for the length of the button clasp and the loop you will make. We added approximately 52 piggy beads to our strand.

Step three:
Remove the bead stopper on the other side of the button and place it on the end of the beaded wire strand. Add two TOHOs to the free wire. Thread the wire through the remaining open holes of the piggy beads on the strand. Add another sapphire piggy bead to both strands, threading it from the cupped side so that the end beads have the cupped sides together.

Step four:
Slide a TOHO and a sterling silver 2x2mm crimp tube onto both wires. Add 24 TOHOs to one wire strand and then bring that wire back through the crimp tube and the first TOHO added to form a loop. Run the other wire the opposite way through the loop and then through the crimp tube and the first TOHO. The bracelet will feel a little stiff, so add a little slack to the strands and then crimp the crimp tube shut around the four wires. For help with crimping, please see our Handy Tip.

Step five:
Add the TierraCast antique silver small spindle shell charm to a 925/10 silver-filled 5mm 18 gauge open jump ring and add it to the bracelet, around the crimp tube. For help opening and closing jump rings, please see our Handy Tip Video. Add the 15x16mm antique silver-plated pewter fish charm to this jump ring using another 5mm jump ring.

Dark Aquamarine and Opaque Green Hematite Bracelet


Step one:
Repeat steps one through four from the first bracelet to create this bracelet. This time you will use the teal small starfish tumbled glass button, TOHO 8/0 bead rounds in transparent medium aqua AB, 4x8mm Czech glass piggy beads in dark aquamarine and 4x8mm Czech glass piggy beads in opaque green hematite. We used approximately 59 piggy beads in this bracelet.

Step two:
Add a 5mm jump ring to the TierraCast antique silver large spindle shell charm and add it to the bracelet, around the crimp tube. Add one 5mm jump ring to the TierraCast antique silver seahorse charm. Add a sterling silver 9mm open jump ring to the tumbled glass charm. Connect the seahorse and shell charms together using another 5mm jump ring. Attach this dangle to the jump ring around the crimp tube.
Approximate Size: 6 1/2 Inches
Estimated Time: 30 Minutes
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Tools & Supplies:
ZambaPro Jewelry Wire, 49-Strand .019 30-Feet (9.1 Meters) (ZP49-30F-019)
Bead Crimper Tool (TOOL-100)
Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-106)
List of Components:
4x8mm Czech Glass Piggy Bead Strand - Sapphire (BEADS-0650, qty 1)
4x8mm Czech Glass Piggy Bead Strand - Mint (BEADS-0651, qty 1)
Light Sapphire Small Starfish Sea Glass Button (SEAGL0056, qty 1)
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Transparent Light Sapphire (TBRD8-13, qty 1)
15x16mm Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Fish Charm (CHARM-0832, qty 1)
TierraCast Antique Silver Small Spindle Shell Charm (SA-2234, qty 1)
4x8mm Czech Glass Piggy Bead Strand - Dark Aquamarine (BEADS-0653, qty 1)
4x8mm Czech Glass Piggy Bead Strand - Opaque Green Hematite (BEADS-0652, qty 1)
Teal Small Starfish Sea Glass Button (SEAGL0055, qty 1)
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Transparent Medium Aqua AB (TBRD8-163B, qty 1)
TierraCast Antique Silver Large Spindle Shell Charm (SA-2233, qty 1)
TierraCast Antique Silver Seahorse Charm (SA-2236, qty 1)
Turquoise Conch Shell Sea Glass Charm (SEAGL0060, qty 1)
925/10 Silver-Filled 5mm Open Jump Ring, 18 Gauge (FIND-0685, qty 6)
Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring 0.030 x .350 (0.76 x 9.0mm) (SS-OJR30-I, qty 1)
Sterling Silver 2 x 2mm Crimp Tube (SS-CRM2, qty 2)

Alternate Products:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
4x8mm Czech Glass Piggy Bead Strand - Green Zircon (BEADS-0654)
Seafoam Conch Shell Sea Glass Charm (SEAGL0058)
Turquoise Small Starfish Sea Glass Button (SEAGL0053)
Seafoam Small Starfish Sea Glass Button (SEAGL0051)
TierraCast Antique Silver Abalone Charm (SA-2235)
TierraCast Silver Antique Dolphin Charm (SA-2130)
TierraCast Antique Silver Starfish Charm (SA-2232)
Nunn Design Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Trumpet Shell Charm (CHARM-1007)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

4x8mm Czech Glass Piggy Bead Sapphire (50pc Pack)
Code: BEADS-0650
Length 3.5mm, Diameter 8.5mm, Hole Size .81mm/20 gauge 
1-45-910+
$3.98$3.69$3.43
Qty>
4x8mm Czech Glass Piggy Bead Mint (50pc Pack)
Code: BEADS-0651
Length 3.5mm, Diameter 8.5mm, Hole Size .81mm/20 gauge 
1-45-910+
$3.98$3.69$3.43
Qty>
Light Sapphire Small Starfish Tumbled Glass Button
Code: SEAGL0056
Length 19mm, Width 20.5mm, Hole Size 1mm/18 gauge 
1-56-1112+
$2.65$2.44$2.26
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Transparent Light Sapphire
Code: TBRD8-13
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-1112-2324+
$1.02$0.93$0.86
Qty>
15x16mm Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Fish Charm
Code: CHARM-0832
Length W/Bail/Loop 17-17.5mm, Width 16.5mm, Hole Size 1.6mm 
Sale Price: $1.78
Price: $2.55
Qty>
TierraCast Antique Silver Small Spindle Shell Charm
Code: SA-2234
Height 14.5mm, Width 4.5mm 
1-1112-2324+
$0.74$0.68$0.62
Qty>
4x8mm Czech Glass Piggy Bead Dark Aquamarine (50pc Pack)
Code: BEADS-0653
Length 3.5mm, Diameter 8.5mm, Hole Size .81mm/20 gauge 
1-45-910+
$3.98$3.69$3.43
Qty>
4x8mm Czech Glass Piggy Bead Opaque Green Hematite (50pc Pack)
Code: BEADS-0652
Length 3.5mm, Diameter 8.5mm, Hole Size .81mm/20 gauge 
1-34-78+
$5.44$5.06$4.70
Qty>
Teal Small Starfish Tumbled Glass Button
Code: SEAGL0055
Length 19mm, Width 20.5mm, Hole Size 1mm/18 gauge 
1-56-1112+
$2.65$2.44$2.26
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Transparent Medium Aqua AB
Code: TBRD8-163B
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-1112-2324+
$1.14$1.05$0.97
Qty>
TierraCast Antique Silver Large Spindle Shell Charm
Code: SA-2233
Height 24mm, Width 8.5mm 
1-910-1920+
$1.43$1.32$1.22
Qty>
TierraCast Antique Silver Seahorse Charm
Code: SA-2236
Height 24mm, Width 10mm 
1-1112-2324+
$1.03$0.95$0.87
Qty>
Turquoise Conch Shell Tumbled Glass Charm
Code: SEAGL0060
Length 26mm, Width 13mm, Hole Size 1mm/18 gauge 
1-56-1112+
$2.27$2.10$1.94
Qty>
925/10 Silver-Filled 5mm Open Jump Ring, 18 Gauge
Code: FIND-0685
DIA 5mm, OD 3mm, WG 1.02mm/18 gauge 
1-3940-7980+
$0.20$0.18$0.16
Qty>
Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring 0.030 x .350 (0.76 x 9.0mm)
Code: SS-OJR30-I
0.76 x 9.0mm 
1-1920-3940+
$0.49$0.45$0.41
Qty>
Sterling Silver 2 x 2mm Crimp Tube
Code: SS-CRM2
Length 2mm, Width 2mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.15$0.14$0.13
Qty>

Alternate Components

4x8mm Czech Glass Piggy Bead Green Zircon (50pc Pack)
Code: BEADS-0654
Length 3.5mm, Diameter 8.5mm, Hole Size .81mm/20 gauge 
1-45-910+
$3.98$3.69$3.43
Qty>
Seafoam Conch Shell Tumbled Glass Charm
Code: SEAGL0058
Length 26mm, Width 13mm, Hole Size 1mm/18 gauge 
1-56-1112+
$2.27$2.10$1.94
Qty>
Seafoam Small Starfish Tumbled Glass Button
Code: SEAGL0051
Length 19mm, Width 20.5mm, Hole Size 1mm/18 gauge 
1-56-1112+
$2.65$2.44$2.26
Qty>
Turquoise Small Starfish Tumbled Glass Button
Code: SEAGL0053
Length 19mm, Width 20.5mm, Hole Size 1mm/18 gauge 
1-56-1112+
$2.65$2.44$2.26
Qty>
TierraCast Antique Silver Abalone Charm
Code: SA-2235
Height 16mm, Width 9mm 
1-1112-2324+
$1.03$0.95$0.87
Qty>
TierraCast Silver Antique Dolphin Charm
Code: SA-2130
Height 15.5mm, Width 17mm 
1-1112-2324+
$1.03$0.95$0.87
Qty>
TierraCast Antique Silver Starfish Charm
Code: SA-2232
Height 20mm, Width 18.5mm 
1-910-1920+
$1.43$1.32$1.22
Qty>
Nunn Design Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Trumpet Shell Charm
Code: CHARM-1007
Length With Bail/Loop 21mm, Width 9.5mm, Hole Size 1.3mm 
1-78-1516+
$1.91$1.76$1.62
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

ZambaPro® Jewelry Wire, 49-Strand .019 30-Feet (9.1 Meters)
Code: ZP49-30F-019
Diameter .019 inches, Length 30 feet 
1-23-56+
$12.01$11.19$10.43
Qty>
Bead Crimper Tool
Code: TOOL-100
Length 5 1/8-Inch 
Price: $13.43
Qty>
Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-106
Price: $7.14
Qty>



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