Thursday, March 12, 2015

Twisted Freshwater Pearl Bracelet

I love pearls. When I was 12 or 13 my mom took a trip to Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii. This was a big deal. She saved for two years. When she came back she, of course, brought home souvenirs. One of the things she got for herself was a pearl bracelet. All the strands were twisted around each other. It was so pretty.  I loved it then and I still love it now. So I decided to try and re-create one for myself. The pearls on her bracelet were much smaller than the ones on mine, but I came out with the overall look I was wanting.
Twisted Freshwater Pearl Bracelet

There is something so classy and elegant about pearls. They are timeless. I love the slight variation in size of freshwater pearls. They perfectly compliment the twisted, clustered look of the bracelet.

Twisted Freshwater Pearl Bracelet

How to Make a Twisted Freshwater Pearl Bracelet

You will need:
3 strands of freshwater pearls - they come in many colors - I chose ecru
beading wire
crimp beads
3 strand box clasp

I'll walk you through the steps I took:

Twisted Freshwater Pearl Bracelet

1 - Cut 4 lengths of wire about 12" long. Using crimp beads, attach 2 wires to the middle hole in clasp. Attach 1 wire to each of the remaining holes in the clasp.

2 - String on the pearls. You will want to make it a couple inches longer than you normally would to account for the twisting we'll do in a minute.

3 - Attach the wires to the other end of the clasp with crimp tubes. Clip excess wire.

4 - Now to twist the bracelet. It took me a while to figure it out, but this is what worked for me. {See picture above} Separate one strand from the rest. Take one end and slip it under the separated strand. Then pull the end back toward its original side. Repeat this several times always going under the same strand until the bracelet is twisted to your liking.

Twisted Freshwater Pearl Bracelet

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