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Secret Garden Charm Bracelet | Mini-Make Monday

This week’s Mini-Make project is inspired by my favourite book as a child, The Secret Garden. Since then, I’ve always had a fascination with old-fashioned keys (and gardens!), so when the new little key charms arrived at Beads Direct I knew I had to make something with them! I love charm bracelets, but I find that sometimes they can look a bit too chunky and heavy. With this in mind, I only used the key charms with Swarovski bicones and repeated them across the design, to keep it light and delicate. The wrapped loops of the Swarovski bicones gives a more handmade finishing touch! This is also a really effective way to give the bicones much more movement when wearing your bracelet, so they gently sway and glisten in the light.

Project Materials

Silver Plated Oval Belcher Chain (CH406)
Swarovski Crystal Bicones Paradise Shine 6mm (AC1431)
2x Titanium Plated Small Key Charm Pk2 (CR0165)
Sterling Silver Toggle Clasp (SS32)
Silver Plated Jumprings 4mm (F0623)
Silver Plated Headpins (F0035)



  1. Cut a length of chain 6 inches long or one inch smaller than the size of your wrist.
  2. Open a pair of jump rings and attach your lobster clasp to each end of the chain.
  3. Take four crystal bicones and create a wrapped loop on a headpin for each one. You might find our video tutorial on how to do this helpful.
  4. Attach your charms alternating between crystals and keys along your bracelet. I find this looks best, spacing them about 2cm apart or leaving 4 chain links in between.
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Magpie Choker | Mini-Make Monday

This week’s tutorial is part of the huge choker trend that continues to dominate jewellery fashion. I’ve been inspired by one of our latest products to create a different look from the all-too-familiar tattoo-style, elastic choker that’s back from the 90s goth/grunge trend. You see them everywhere right? Make your own using our new linen cord and delicate sterling silver feather charms, also featured in my Feather Wrap Bracelet project.

Project Materials

Black Braided Double Ring Linen Cord (TC0176)
Sterling Silver 925 Small Feather Charm Pk2 (SS394)
Silver Plated Cord Ends (F0646)
Silver Plated Jump Rings 4mm (F1020)
Antique Silver Lobster Clasp (F850)
Fevi Kwik Glue (W271)



  1. Measure the length of ribbon tight against your neck.
  2. Minus 1 inch from the length and cut the cord.
  3. Apply a drop of glue to the ends to make it stiffer and prevent it from fraying.
  4. Insert them into the cord ends and fold the ends over the cord using your flat nose pliers.
  5. Attach a jumpring through the loop of each cord end.
  6. On one side add a lobster clasp.
  7. On the opposite side attach your extension chain to the cord end with a jumpring.
  8. Connect a feather charm onto the end of your extension chain.
  9. Find the middle of your choker and attach the feather charm through the bottom loop of the cord with a jumpring.

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Golden Vine Earrings | Mini-Make Monday

This week’s project designed by Vicki, proves that you don’t have to wear bold, floral prints to join the fashion trend! These delicate earrings are made using the NEW flower connectors and we just love how well the matte finish compliments the sparkly glass chain.

Project Materials

1x Gold Plated Clear Crystal Chain 4mm 1m (CH413)
1x Gold Plated Ear Wires Lever Back 18mm (F0240)
2x Matte Gold Plated Flower Charm Connector (CR0206)
2x Matte Gold Plated Petal Charm 14mm (CR0205)
1x Gold Plated Jump Rings 5mm (F0719)


Project Tutorial

  1. Open the loop on the bottom of the ear wire and attach the flower petal charm to it.
  2. Cut a 1-inch piece of chain and attach it to the bottom loop of the petal charm.
  3. Connect a jump ring to the bottom loop of the chain and attach it to the top of the flower connector.
  4. Finally, cut a 1-inch piece of chain and attach this to the bottom loop of the flower connector.Repeat the steps to make your second earring.



Crystal Elegance Choker by Andra Selaru

A few weeks ago my eyes lit up when I saw Andra’s beautiful choker design when she tagged us on her Instagram post. We’ve collaborated together to make a full tutorial on how to make her Delica bead choker design because I think you’ll agree, it’s absolutely STUNNING! The choker continues to be a huge trend for 2017, and this one catches the light and sparkles so beautifully, making it the perfect statement piece for special occasions.

You can support Andra’s work by following her on Instagram and Facebook! If you’re on Instagram and would like to collaborate on a design or have your project featured on the blog, get in touch! Tag your designs @beadsdirect and #beadsdirect.

Urban Handmade initiated during my summer break in Romania in 2011 by me and my friend as we were both passionate about handmade and being creative in general. She was living back home, whereas I continued with it in the UK during my studies. As an Aeronautical Engineer, people are usually surprised to hear I make handmade jewellery, but you need a creative mind in engineering too, and this hobby is what stimulates it. I have had some interesting projects come to me end of last year and beginning of this one, which is motivating me to become more active on the social platform. – Andra

Project Materials

3x Miyuki Delica Size 11 Beads Crystal Silver Lined 5g (DB41)
1x Silver Plated Magnetic Clasp Clear Crystal Round 8mm (F1233)
1x Beadalon Wildfire Thread 0.006 inches (0.15mm) Frost (W473)



The triangles (Ladder Stitch + Brick Stitch Method)

Start by threading a size 10 beading needle, using the 10lb WildFire. (Tip: I haven’t used a bead stopper, so if you also don’t have one use a lighter and melt the end of the thread. That will seal the end and you won’t lose your beads).

Ladder Stitch Method (foundation row for the Brick Stitch)

1A. Insert 2 beads on the needle and then go up the first bead you inserted and pull tightly. The 2 beads should then sit close to one another.

1B. As you’re coming out the first bead, go down the second one.


1C. Next, pick up 1 bead. We notice the thread is coming out from the bottom of the second bead, meaning the needle will now have to go from the top of it. The idea of ladder stitching is to remember to chase the thread only after you picked a new bead. Vice-versa, if the thread is coming out from the top, your needle will go through the bottom of that bead.


1D. Come up the 3rd bead.


1E. Continue until you get 10 beads in a row. (You can increase or decrease the row, depending on how thick you’d like your choker to be, but remember to always have an even number of beads as the base).


1F. You will realise your row of beads will look slightly uneven and not sitting quite straight next to each other. As you’re coming up the last bead, go down the 9th bead, then up the 8th bead and so on until you reached the first bead.


1G. This should now straighten the row.


Brick Stitch Method

1H. Turn your work around as you are now working from right to left. Pick 2 beads, then skip the first thread bridge and pass your needle through the second thread bridge.


1I. Go up through the second bead.


1J. Pick 1 bead and pass through the next thread bridge (do not skip a thread bridge this time). Then go up the bead.


1K. Repeat 1J until you finish off the row.


1L. Repeat 1H – 1K until your top row has 2 beads. Finally, to finish off the triangle, pick 1 bead and pass your needle through the thread bridge.


The choker

2A. Starting from the ladder stitch base, you are going to create your first column. Make sure your thread is pretty long and pick enough beads to cover the circumference of your neck. The final choker/pattern will become netted so it will “shrink” in length, which is why you will need the last step of this tutorial to add to the length. If you don’t like the last step, then add more beads to your first column.


2B. For your second column, pick 3 beads and come out through the 4th bead of the first column.


2C. Pick 7 beads and then come out through the 8th bead of the first column. Continue until the end of the column.


2D. For your third column, pick 7 beads and come out through the 8th bead of the second column. Repeat until the end.


2E. As you can see, every 2 columns, you begin by picking 3 beads first, then continuing with 7 beads.


2F. Same as 2D


3.   Ending

3A Secure thread from the top bead of the triangle, then pick a bead and use the ladder stitch method explained earlier until you reach the desired length.


3B. Add a jump ring and magnetic clasp to secure and complete your choker!


Thank you so much, Andra for sharing your gorgeous choker tutorial! If you make a version of this design, we would love to see it! Share your designs on Instagram (tag us, @beadsdirect), Facebook and Twitter.

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Crystal Lacquer Rings with Swarovski | Mini-Make Monday

Give your look a pop of sparkling colour with an adjustable sterling silver ring, made with Swarovski crystal pro lacquer effect rivoli, as part of the NEW Swarovski Innovations Spring/Summer 2018. I had trouble deciding on which colour was my favourite colour, so I made a ring with all of them! Tell us your favourite colour in the comments below.

Materials Featured
Sterling Silver 925 Adjustable Ring Base (SS373)
Swarovski Crystal Rivoli Crystal Mint Green 12mm (AC1864)
Swarovski Crystal Rivoli Crystal Azure Blue 12mm (AC1862)
Swarovski Crystal Rivoli Crystal Light Coral 12mm (AC1863)
Swarovski Crystal Rivoli Crystal Summer Blue 12mm (AC1866)
Swarovski Crystal Rivoli Crystal Peony Pink 12mm (AC1865)
Gem-Tac Glue (W481)
Beadalon Aluminium Ring Mandrel (W244)


Video Tutorial

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Bermuda Tilt Necklace | Mini Make Monday

Welcome back to another Mini-Make Monday! This week’s project uses one Swarovski new innovations – the crystal tilt fancy chaton – and it’s become one of my all-time favourite necklaces! You might have spotted me wearing it on Instagram a few weeks ago. Why do I love it so much? Well, I’m a huge fan of geometric shapes (as you might have noticed in my other projects!) and I love that you can wear this simple necklace with any outfit and any time of day. It’s small and elegant but still radiates a beautiful, blue sparkle for a glamorous look.

Project Materials

Swarovski crystal tilt fancy chaton Bermuda blue (AC1893)
Swarovski charm setting rhodium plated tilt chaton (F0743)
Sterling silver snake chain with clasp 16 inches (CH34)
Sterling silver 925 large loop bail with ring (SS209)
Gem-Tac glue (W481)


Project Tutorial

This one really is easy! Carefully open the loop on the bail and close it onto the Swarovski setting. Thread you chain through the bail. Apply a drop of glue in the setting and press the crystal into place. Allow to fully dry for 24 hours before wearing your necklace.

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Feather Wrap Bracelet | Mini-Make Monday

Welcome back to another Mini-Make Monday! Since today is the first day of Spring, this week’s project is inspired by fresh blue skies and light breeze of the season. Don’t you just love this time of year? To keep the bracelet design light and delicate, I chose to use the blue glass rosary beaded chain with pretty sterling silver feather charms for a boho finish.

Project Materials

2x Sterling silver 925 small feather charms (SS394)
Antique silver zamak toggle clasp (F0138)
Aqua blue glass silver plated rosary bead chain (CH389)
Silver plated split rings 4mm (F1020)



  1. Measure the chain to your desired length so that it comfortably wraps around your wrist 3 or 4 times, remember to save 2cm for your clasp.
  2. Space out the feather charms evenly across the chain every 6 or 7 inches.
  3. Wrap the chain around your wrist to check the spacing of your charms.
  4. Attach the clasp to either end of the chain with a pair of jumprings.

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Baroque Earrings | Mini-Make Monday

This week we’re using the NEW Baroque Bead Swarovski Innovations Spring/Summer 2018 to make a gorgeous pair of chandelier earrings! Florals, filigree and lace patterns are making a big trend for Spring/Summer 2017, so this quick but magnificent project is a must have accessory in your jewellery collection!

“Harken back to an era of filigree and lace! The Baroque Bead pays homage to the grandeur and beauty of history in radiant crystal detailing.” – Swarovski 

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Swarovski Baroque Bead 10mm Crystal Golden Shadow Pk2 (AC1911)
Swarovski 4mm Cream Pearls (HH23)
Gold Plated Filigree Flower Connector 20mm Pk2 (CR0026)
Gold Plated Brass Ear Wire Base (F0327)
Gold Plated Headpin (F0573)



  1. Open the loop on the back of the ear wires and close it onto one of the small holes of the filigree connector
  2. Put a Swarovski baroque bead onto a headpin followed by a 4mm Swarovski pearl and turn a loop.
  3. Close the loop onto a small hole of the filigree connector to it sits directly opposite the ear wire.
  4. Put a 4mm Swarovski pearl onto a headpin and turn a loop. Close this loop two holes away from the centre beads. Repeat this step for the opposite side.
  5. Repeat all of the steps above to make your second earring.


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Simple Filigree Bracelet | Mini-Make Monday

For this week’s Mini-make tutorial we’re keeping things super simple! As Spring and summer approaches you’ll see a lot more of these single strand bracelets on the high street with either a cute connector or charm in the middle. In keeping with the Spring theme, I’ve handpicked a beautiful new filigree tube as the main feature for these leather bracelets!

Project Materials

Pink Round Leather 2mm Cord 5m (TC700)
Grey Round Leather 2mm Cord 5m (TC518)
Silver Plated Filigree Tube Pk5 (MB815)
Silver Plated Large Toggle Clasp (F0694) x2
Antique Silver Zamak Cord Ends 2mm (F0141)
Fevi Kwik (W311)



Cut a length of leather approx 6 inches and cut the ends at a sharp angle to make a point. Put the filigree tube onto the leather. Glue each end of the leather into the cord ends and allow to dry. Attach the cord ends to the clasp with a jumpring on either end.

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Geometric Earrings | Mini-Make Monday

This week’s Mini-Make tutorial combines two trends in one, geometric shapes and mixed metals! These two trends were so big in 2016 that geometric patterns and metallic finishes continue to lead fashion industries and home decor designs. I’ve made two styles of earrings using the geometric soldered ring shapes that can be worn as a matching pair, or asymmetrically for an edgy look!

Project Materials

For this project I used a silver plated findings kit however, you can also purchase the following findings individually.

Rose gold plated small square soldered ring 10mm (F0630)
Titanium plated hexagon (F0632)
Sterling silver 925 ear wires with coil and ball (SS77)
Silver plated jump rings 6mm (F0720)



Connect your two rose gold squares together with a jump ring, then attach these to the hexagon shape with another jump ring. Take your ear wire and attach the top of the hexagon to it with a jump ring! To create the second style, hold a square shape over a corner of the hexagon and connect them together with a jump ring. Then attach this jump ring to another square, and attach the square to the ear wire.