Thursday, October 6, 2016

Houndstooth, Chevron Stripes and Polka Dot Bracelet

If you want to make a statement with your jewellery, you can't go past this combination of bold graphic patterns in black and white. Houndstooth, chevron stripes, polka dots and a pop of red are eye-catching together in this chunky design. With it's simple design and easy to do up magnetic clasp, it will become one of your go-to bracelets when you need to dress up a casual outfit.
Black and white bracelet featuring Houndstooth, Chevron and Polka Dot beads interspersed with red crystal beads.

Here's what you'll need:

Black and white puffy beads, red crystals and stringing materials for Houndstooth bracelet.
Black/white graphic puffy bead strand (Metal Gallery - Hobby Lobby)
Eight 6mm Light Siam Swarovski bicones
7-Strand Black Beading Wire (softer, more flexible beading wires will be difficult to thread through the hollow beads)
Silver Crimp Tubes
Silver Wire Guardians
Silver Magnetic Tube Clasp

Tools: Wire cutters, Euro Tool Crimping Pliers

Cut a 30-35cm (12-14") of beading wire and string on a crimp tube and one arm of the wire guardian.
String a crimp tube and wire guardian on the wire

Thread the beading wire through the other side of the wire guardian, leaving a tail of at least 2.5cm (1").
String a wire guardian onto the beading wire to protect it from wear and tear and to provide a neat and professional finish to your bracelet.

Thread the tail of the wire through the loop of the magnetic clasp. Pull it up onto the wire guardian.
Slide a magnetic clasp onto the beading wire.

Insert the tail back through the crimp.
String the beading wire back through the crimp tube and then slide it up to the clasp before crimping.

Slide the crimp tube up to the wire guardian and make sure the beading wire is sitting snuggly inside the wire guardian.
Slide the crimp tube up to the wire guardian and then crimp securely in place.

Place the crimp tube into the middle hole of the crimping pliers, making sure that the two wires are not crossing over inside the tube. Crimp the tube so that you have a wing on either side of the channel with a wire in each side. Test that it's secure. If not, crimp again.
Place the crimp tube into the crimping pliers and press down firmly to create to wings, each with a wire in it.

Place the crimp sideways into the top hole of the crimping pliers with the wings facing towards the handle.
Place the crimp sideways into the top hole of the crimping pliers with the wings facing towards the handle.

String a bicone, a daisy spacer, a puffy bead and another daisy spacer. Slide these beads up over both of the wires and then trim away the short one close to the daisy spacer.
String a bicone, a daisy spacer, a puffy bead and another daisy spacer.

Continue stringing in this pattern until you reach the desired length for your bracelet. I've strung seven puffy beads and my bracelet fits an average wrist with a bit of play (with the clasp included). Adjust the number of beads to suit your wrist size.
Continue stringing the pattern until you reach the desired length for your bracelet.

String another bicone, a crimp tube and one side of a wire guardian.
String another bicone, a crimp tube and one side of a wire guardian.

String the other side of the wire guardian and slide on the other half of the magnetic clasp. Pull up the slack in the wire and crimp it as before.
String the other side of the wire guardian and slide on the other half of the magnetic clasp.

Thread the beading wire back through the last bicone and then trim away the excess.
Trim away the excess beading wire with flush cutters.

Now you're ready to show off your hip new bracelet. Team it with your favourite T-shirt and jeans and have fun!
Black and white polkadots, houndstooth and chevrons combine to make a playful bracelet perfect for dressing up a T-shirt and jeans.


'Til next time.....








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