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How to make a bracelet and a necklace using shell beads - jewellery making tutorial

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How to make a bracelet and a necklace using shell beads - jewellery making tutorial

Designed by: Marta Draganek

Difficulty: Beginner

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Today, something for those of you who are looking for inspiration for a handmade Mother's Day gift. Marta Draganek will show you how to make a bracelet and a necklace using shell beads. In the tutorial, she will present to you a classic bracelet and a long necklace, which if necessary turns into an equally stylish bracelet. Jewellery presented in this tutorial is not difficult to make, but also elegant enough that it is ideal for a handmade gift for Mum :) Let's get started

Materials required for the bracelet:
Shell beads 6mm round
Rose connector
Findings kit -  from the findings kit you will need spacer beads 4mm, lobster clasp (in replacement for the magnetic clasp), jump ring, wire and crimps.

Materials required for the necklace:
Shell beads 6mm round
Rose connector
Leather round cord 2mm
Cord ends
Findings kit -  from the findings kit you will need a lobster clasp, jump ring, wire, calottes, crimps.
Glue

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Designed by Marta Draganek-Zajac - May 2017

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To make the bracelet - We start by trimming the jewellery wire. The length of the wire depends, of course, on the circumference of the wrist. For myself (wrist 15cm) I prepared two sections about 12cm long

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We thread the wire through the connector's body and secure it with a crimp bead. Flat/bent nose pliers will be useful here – we put a crimp bead on the wire and clamp/flatten with pliers.

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On the wire we thread on alternately shells beads and spacer beads.

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Finally, we put on the crimp bead and a clasp of your choice.

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We thread the end of the wire back through the last two beads and the spacer.

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We secure the crimp bead with pliers to fix the clasp in place.

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With cutting pliers we cut off the excess wire. 

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This is half of our bracelet. Repeat for the other side in exactly the same way.

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To make the necklace - We thread the wire about 32cm long through the connector and fold it in half. We put on 20 shell beads alternately with two jump rings.

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At the end, we place a calotte and crimp bead onto the wire and crimp/flatten the crimp in place with pliers. 

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Then, we cut off the excess jewellery wire. We place a small amount of glue inside the calotte and close it with the help of pliers. 

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We close the hook of the calotte using round nose pliers. 

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Repeat the above steps for the other side of the necklace. 

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A string of beads will be hung on the leather cord. You can prepare the leather in different lengths, which can be changed depending on the styling. Thanks to this, you will create a universal 3-in-1 jewellery – a long/short necklace and a bracelet. For myself, I prepared two leather straps – one 68cm long for a long necklace, the other – 43cm long – for a short necklace, which for me is also a bracelet wrapped around my wrist four times.

Glue the cord ends onto the end of the leather using glue. 

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Attach a jump ring onto your desired clasp and attach onto the end of your cord end. 

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At the other end of the leather we attach a jump ring to the cord end. 

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With a pre-prepared string of beads, we attach a jump ring to the end. 

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The finished necklace looks like!

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We hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Feel free to share your creations with us on our Facebook group, we would love to see them. 

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