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River of Life Bracelet

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River of Life Bracelet Instructions
Designed by Cheri Carlson

The focal of this fabulous multi-strand bracelet is an iconic symbol of faith and devotion with a unique twist. A beautiful combination of turquoise blue swirls and clay red colors make this porcelain cross one-of-a-kind. When paired with antique brass findings, Czech glass beads and TOHOs, it's sure to stand out.

Step one:
Cut two lengths of the 10mm brass oxide brass circular cable chain each approximately 11 links long. Open the link on the end of one chain length and attach it to the green porcelain cross curved link. Repeat with the other chain length on the other end of the cross. For help opening and closing the chain links, please see our Handy Tip Video. This will be the center strand of your bracelet, so all of the other strands will connect to this one. Open the link on one end of the strand and attach the 15x8mm antique brass-plated trigger clasp. Close the link.

Step two:
String a TOHO 8/0 bead round in matte opaque terra cotta onto a TierraCast 2-inch 20 gauge brass oxide pewter head pin, followed by a Czech glass olive green luster with Picasso finish saucer bead, a Czech glass 6x9mm teal and blue with Picasso finish faceted roundel bead and another TOHO. Attach this dangle to the same link the clasp is attached to by creating a wrapped loop. Create another dangle with the same pattern and attach it to the third link in the chain on the other end of the strand. These links with the dangles attached are where you'll be attaching your other strands. The dangles help you to find where to clasp your bracelet when it is completed.

Step three:
Cut two lengths of chain approximately 24 links long. Attach the ends to the links marked with the dangles, on either side of your center strand.

Step four:
Cut a length of jewelry wire approximately 9 inches long. Slide a TierraCast 2x2mm brass oxide brass crimp tube onto the wire, followed by one link of chain. Loop the wire around the link and back through the crimp tube and crimp in place. For help with crimping, please see our Handy Tip. String five TOHOs onto the wire and then add the following pattern:
  • One saucer bead
  • One TOHO
  • One roundel bead
  • One TOHO
  • One saucer bead
  • Three TOHOs
Repeat this pattern four times and then add two TOHOs to the strand. Crimp the end of the strand to one link of chain using a crimp tube.

Step five:
Cut a length of jewelry wire approximately 9 inches long. Crimp the end of the strand to one link of chain using a crimp tube. Then, add this pattern to the strand:
  • Five TOHOs
  • One saucer bead
  • One Czech glass bead
  • One saucer bead
Repeat this pattern four times and then add five TOHOs to the strand. Crimp the end of the strand to one link of chain using a crimp tube.

Step six:
Attach the ends of a beaded strand to the links marked with a dangle, between the center strand and a chain strand. Repeat on the other side of the center strand.
Approximate Size: 7 1/2 Inches
Estimated Time: An Hour and a Half
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Tools & Supplies:
Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-106)
Nipper Tool (TOOL-101)
Bead Crimper Tool (TOOL-100)
Round Nose Pliers (TOOL-108)
Side Cutters - Semi Flush (TOOL-131)
List of Components:
Green Porcelain Cross Curved Link (FIND-1619, qty 1)
10mm Brass Oxide Brass Circular Cable Chain (BTF-0195, qty 2)
Czech Glass 6x9mm Teal and Blue with Picasso Finish Faceted Roundel Bead Strand (BEADS-1022, qty 1)
Czech Glass Olive Green Luster with Picasso Finish Saucer Bead Strand (BEADS-1043, qty 1)
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Matte Opaque Terra Cotta (TBRD8-46LF, qty 1)
15x8mm Antique Brass-Plated Trigger Clasp (BBA-CL09, qty 1)
TierraCast 2x2mm Brass Oxide Brass Crimp Tube (BRO-0030, qty 4)
TierraCast 2-Inch 20 Gauge Brass Oxide Pewter Head Pin (BRO-0028, qty 2)

Alternate Products:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
Czech Glass 6mm Green Bronze Finish Faceted Roundel Bead Strand (BS-0377)
Czech Glass 6mm Green Faceted Roundel Bead Strand (BS-0374)
Czech Glass 6x8mm Milk Aqua with Picasso Finish Faceted Roundel Bead Strand (BEADS-0402)
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Gilded Cranberry Marble (TBRD8-1708)
TOHO Bead Round Hybrid 8/0 Apollo (TBRD8-Y851)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

Green Porcelain Cross Curved Link
Code: FIND-1619
Length 59mm, Width 37mm, Hole Size 2mm/12 gauge 
1-23-56+
$10.58 $6.55$10.05 $6.23$9.54 $5.91
Qty>
10mm Brass Oxide Brass Circular Cable Chain by the Foot
Code: BTF-0195
Link 10mm, Wire Gauge 1.63mm/14 gauge 
1-45-910+
$5.52 $3.80$5.22 $3.60$4.93 $3.40
Qty>
Czech Glass 6 x 9mm Teal and Blue with Picasso Finish Faceted Roundel Bead Strand
Code: BEADS-1022
Strand Length Approx. 6 Inch, Length 6.5mm, Diameter 9mm 
1-34-78+
$8.65 $5.53$8.20 $5.24$7.77 $4.97
Qty>
Czech Glass Olive Green Luster with Picasso Finish Saucer Bead Strand
Code: BEADS-1043
Strand Length Approx. 5 Inch, Length 5mm, Diameter 6mm 
1-78-1516+
$2.29 $1.25$2.15 $1.18$2.02 $1.11
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Matte Opaque Terra Cotta
Code: TBRD8-46LF
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-910-1920+
$1.45 $1.23$1.36 $1.15$1.28 $1.08
Qty>
15 x 8mm Antique Brass-Plated Trigger Clasp
Code: BBA-CL09
Length 15mm, Width 8mm 
1-2425-4950+
$0.53 $0.37$0.49 $0.34$0.46 $0.32
Qty>
TierraCast 2 x 2mm Brass Oxide Brass Crimp Tube
Code: BRO-0030
Length 2mm, Width 2mm 
1-7475-149150+
$0.09 $0.08$0.08 $0.07$0.07 $0.06
Qty>
TierraCast 2-Inch 20 Gauge Brass Oxide Pewter Head Pin
Code: BRO-0028
Length 2 inches, Gauge 20 
1-5960-119120+
$0.13 $0.11$0.12 $0.10$0.11 $0.09
Qty>

Alternate Components

Czech Glass 6mm Green Bronze Finish Faceted Roundel Bead Strand
Code: BS-0377
Strand Length 6.5 Inch, Length 6.5mm, Diameter 9mm 
1-23-56+
$9.95 $6.46$9.43 $6.12$8.94 $5.81
Qty>
Czech Glass 6mm Green Faceted Roundel Bead Strand
Code: BS-0374
Strand Length 6.5 Inch, Length 6.5mm, Diameter 9mm 
1-34-78+
$7.12 $5.41$6.75 $5.13$6.39 $4.85
Qty>
Czech Glass 6 x 8mm Milk Aqua with Picasso Finish Faceted Roundel Bead Strand
Code: BEADS-0402
Strand Length Approx. 6.5 Inch, Length 6-7mm, Diameter 8-8.5mm 
Price: $8.65
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Gilded Cranberry Marble
Code: TBRD8-1708
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-34-78+
$5.32 $4.04$5.03 $3.82$4.75 $3.61
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-106
Sale Price: $6.67
Price: $7.67
Qty>
Nipper Tool
Code: TOOL-101
Sale Price: $7.50
Price: $8.63
Qty>
Bead Crimper Tool
Code: TOOL-100
Length 5 1/8-Inch 
Sale Price: $12.03
Price: $13.99
Qty>
Round Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-108
Sale Price: $6.67
Price: $7.67
Qty>
Side Cutters - Semi Flush
Code: TOOL-131
Sale Price: $10.05
Price: $11.56
Qty>



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