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How to make a Bracelet using Steel Cord - Jewellery Making Tutorial

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How to make a Bracelet using Steel Cord - Jewellery Making Tutorial

Designed by: Marta Draganek

Difficulty: Beginner

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This bracelet tutorial is perfect for those starting out on their beading journey. The Milly™ Glass Beads are perfect for this design as they attract attention with their beautiful cut and richness of colours. Marta invites you to make this simple but effective bracelet with her. Let's begin!

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Designed by Marta Draganek - June 2016

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On the wire (steel cord) with a length of about 20 cm (depending on the planned length of the bracelet), we add the crimp bead.

Either move the crimp right to the end of the wire before, or trim any excess wire after squashing the crimp.

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Clamp the tube tightly on the wire with flat-nose pliers.

TIP: The aim here is for the sharp edges of the bead to bite into the nylon coating of the wire. Do not squash it completely as this will cause the crimp to fail and break.

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Now add the calotte. The lugs of the calotte should point towards the previously installed clamp.

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Arrange the calotte so that the crimp is hidden inside. We put a drop of glue on the crimp and close the calotte around the crimp using pliers.

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On the prepared wire, when the glue is dry, we can start threading the beads. The number of beads is best adjusted to the size of the wrist. I usually try to make the bracelet 16-16.5 cm without the clasp, the clasp is an additional 2 cm. The extension chain will allow you to extend the bracelet by 3 cm. In my bracelet I have 32 Milly ™ beads and 5 zircon spacers. The sequence of the beads is as follows: [4x Milly ™, spacer, 4x (6xMilly ™, spacer), 4xMilly ™].

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After threading all the beads and spacers, we can finish the other end of the bracelet. First pull the calotte on the wire, then the crimp.

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As before, squeeze the crimp with flat-nose pliers.

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We cut off any excess wire. Again, put a little glue inside the calotte and fold it in half, squeezing it tightly with pliers.

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Using flat nose pliers, open the jump rings and hook them to the loops of the calotte. On one side add the lobster clasp and on the other side, the extension chain.

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We will also make a delicate decorative element - a charms pendant, which will be at the end of the extension chain. Put two Milly ™ beads separated by a spacer on the eye pin.

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With the help of pliers, bend the protruding end of the pin at an angle of 90 degrees.

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To form the loop, we will need the end of the pin about 1 cm long, so before you start bending the pin, you need to cut off any excess.

We hold the end of the pin with the round nose pliers and twist the pin around one of the noses of the tongs.

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We do not close the loop to the end.

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First, hook it to the end of the extension chain and only then close the loop with round or flat nose pliers.

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The bracelet is ready!

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