Friday, May 13, 2011

Enchanted Charm Bracelet Tutorial

Fairy Charm Pearl Bracelets

Charm bracelets have been around for ages, and never go out of style. They’re a great way to showcase a unique collection, and it’s fun to wear a piece of jewelry that is full of movement, and memories. If you’re not into collecting charms, but you still like the look of ornate dangles, this bracelet project is a great way to show off one special piece that‘s totally you.

The Enchanted Charm Bracelet from Beads Direct pairs easy and versatile stretch cord with pearls for a delicate and intricate looking bracelet that you can make in minutes. The simple design makes it easy to wear and even stack up with other favorite pieces.

To make one fairy charm bracelet you will need:

1 Pandora style metal oval rondelle charm carrier
1 fairy charm
1 jump ring
8 10mm Swarovski pearls
63 Side drilled 5-6mm rice pearls
90 cm (36 inches) stretchy Beadalon stringing cord
Pliers, snips and glue

These materials will make a standard sized stretch bracelet, but the pattern makes it easy to add or remove a sequence of beads to adjust the size to your liking.

Pink Royal Crown Charm Bracelet
This rhinestone crown charm is perfect for making
personalized memorabilia for this year's Royal Wedding.

1. Cut three equal lengths of elastic about 30 cm (12 inches) long, and pass all three strands through a 10mm pearl. Center the pearl on the strands.

2. Separate the strands, and string 3 freshwater pearls on each. Pass all three strands through one 10mm pearl.

3. Repeat the sequence to each side, creating little clusters of smaller rice pearls between each Swarovski pearl. Finish each side with a 10mm bead.

4. Thread the charm carrier onto one end, then tie the elastic cords together with a square knot. Push the knot down as close to the bracelet as possible.

5. Secure the knot with a dab of glue, epoxy or nylon lacquer for extra strength. Trim the excess cords, and pull the rondelle over the knot to hide it.

6. Open the jump ring, and attach the charm to the rondelle. Close the jump ring, and you’re done!

There are lots of different color and pattern possibilities for this project. You can change up the pearl colors, use different hues for each strand, and showcase any charm or dangle that suits your taste. You could even make your own special charm using a headpin and wrapped loop. By attaching your dangle to the charm carrier with a lobster clasp, you can easily switch it out to suit your mood or match your outfit.

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