Versailles Bracelet Instructions Designed by Cheri Carlson
A bride on her wedding day needs accessories that speak to her sparkling personality. This beautiful bracelet is easy to DIY but looks like fine jewelry fit for a queen! It also makes a sweet way to add some color to your bridal look. Discover more inspiration for wedding jewelry in this Artbeads Cafe episode.
Step one: Cut a length of jewelry wire approximately 12 inches long. Add a Bead Stopper to one end.
Step two: Thread the jewelry wire through the top hole of one Swarovski SS29 XILION gold-plated 2-hole setting in Crystal. Then, thread the jewelry wire through the end hole of a TierraCast rhodium-plated pewter 3 hole spacer bar. Repeat 14 times, then add one more Crystal setting. Put a Bead Stopper on the end of the wire.
Step three: Cut another length of jewelry wire the same length. Add one end to the first Bead Stopper. Thread this jewelry wire through the bottom holes of the crystals and center holes of the spacer bars. Secure the end of the jewelry wire in the second Bead Stopper.
Step four: Cut another piece of jewelry wire the same length as the first two. Secure the end in the first Bead Stopper. Thread the wire through the top hole of a Swarovski SS29 XILION gold-plated 2-hole setting in Pacific Opal. Then, string the wire through the last hole of the first spacer bar on your strands. Repeat this step, adding Pacific Opal settings between the spacer bars. Add one last Pacific Opal crystal after the last spacer bar.
Step five: Slide a Swarovski 11x8mm pear-shaped pearl in Cream onto a gold-filled 1.5-inch head pin, followed by a Swarovski 4mm faceted round in Vintage Rose. Make a simple loop at the top of the beads. Cover the loop with a sterling silver 3mm crimp cover. The loop needs to be small enough to fit inside the closed crimp cover and the cover needs to be very close the wire of the loop. Note that the crimp cover will not close completely. Repeat this step 14 times for a total of 15 pearl dangles.
Step six: Cut another piece of jewelry wire the same length as the first three. Secure the end in the first Bead Stopper. Thread the strand through the bottom hole of the first Pacific Opal crystal.
Step seven: Slide the fourth strand of jewelry wire through the crimp cover on one of your pearl dangles. Make sure it goes through the simple loop on the head pin, as well as the crimp cover.
Step eight: Thread the jewelry wire through the next Pacific Opal crystal and add a pearl dangle to the wire. Repeat to add a pearl dangle between all of the Pacific Opal crystals.
Step nine: To adjust the length of the bracelet, add crystals to the ends of the bracelet. We added one more set of crystals to each end. Our bracelet is a size 6 1/2.
Step ten: Add a sterling silver 2x2mm crimp tube to the top row of jewelry wire, followed by a 14/20 gold-filled 3mm closed jump ring. Bring the wire back through the crimp tube and crimp in place. Cover the crimp with a crimp cover. Learn how to use crimp covers here.
Step eleven: Add a crimp tube to the second row of jewelry wire and then bring it through the same closed jump ring attached to the first row. Bring the wire back through the crimp tube and crimp in place. You won't be able to use the crimp tool since it's so close to the other components. Instead, use a pair of pliers to flatten the crimp, then two pairs to bend the crimp in half and fold it. Add a crimp cover to hide the crimp.
Step twelve: Repeat steps ten and eleven for the third and fourth rows of jewelry wire.
Step thirteen: Remove the included jump rings on the gold-filled 2-strand filigree pearl clasp and replace with gold-filled 14K 3.9mm open jump rings. For help opening and closing jump rings, see this video tutorial
Step fourteen: Connect one jump ring on one half of the clasp to the closed jump ring on the Crystal row of the bracelet. Connect the other jump ring to the closed jump ring on the Pacific Opal row of the bracelet. Repeat on the other side of the bracelet with the other half of the clasp.