I was finally able to finish the large turquoise bracelet I was working on.and here is how the piece turned out:
The beading part went by quite quickly. After finishing the bezel and adding the crystal chain I added the two smaller turquoise beads to the side of the piece and a larger crystal cabochon in the middle and started filling the rest out with different types of beads I had pulled from my stash. I tried to incorporate some of beads that I hadn’t used before without going too overboard.
The part that took the longest for me was figuring out the fastening. I knew I wanted to make the beaded part big enough to cover only half of the wrist so that I could use chains to make up the rest of the bracelet. I bought a couple of different types of silver chains and decided on using the thinnest one I had purchased.
I haven’t had any jewelry making training and I am just trying to figure things out as I go along so it takes me a little while to come up with something that I feel I am going to be happy with.
For the clasp I had wanted to use a lobster clasp with a chain extender on the other side so that the bracelet would be adjustable but then I would have had to cut the chains really short which would have taken from the effect that the chains were making so I decided against the lobster clasp and went with a toggle clasp instead which made the bracelet tight enough that it would sit right on the wrist.
LIST OF MATERAILS USED:
- 1 7/8 INCH TURQUOISE CABOCHON
- 3x8mm DYED HOWLITE TURQUOISE ROUNDEL FROM THE BEAD GALLERY
- 3x5mm GLASS AQUA MIX FACETED ROUNDEL FROM THE BEAD GALLERY
- 10×14 CRYSTAL AB CABOCHON
- 2mm CRYSTAL CHAIN
- 6mm SILVER LINED GREEN BUGLE BEADS
- GRAY SAGE PERMANENT GALVANIZED SEED BEADS SIZE 8/0
- MATTE OPAQUE TURQUOISE SIZE 8/0
- MATTE DARK SEA GREEN IRIS SEED BEADS SIZE 11/0
- SILVER LINED DARK GRAY SEED BEADS SIZE 11/0
- SILVER SEED BEADS SIZE 11/0
- SILVER SUPRA SEED BEADS SIZE 11/0
- SILVER LINED PALEST GRAY SEED BEADS SIZE 15/0
- SILVER LINED GREY DELICA BEADS SIZE 15/0
- MATTE METALLIC LIGHT TAUPE SEED BEADS SIZE 15/0
- SILVER CHAIN
- 7mm JUMP RINGS
- SILVER TOGGLE CLASP
- LACYS STIFF STUFF
- BLACK ULTRASUEDE
- FIRELINE 0.006” THREAD IN SMOKE
- CRAFTERS ULTIMATE GLUE
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