Jul 10, 2013 | Post by: Meghan

CIY: Statement Bracelet

When Mike and I were in Thailand for our honeymoon we went to the largest weekend market.  This market had everything, I mean EVERYTHING!  From puppies in tutus to fresh fish, and any kind of hardwood item you could ever need!  One of the best finds at the market was the bead section!

Being quite obsessed with beads and finding the bead section of the market, I felt like a kid in a candy store!  I just kept walking up and down all of the long stands of beads feeling all of them and wanting to buy every last strand.  I only allowed myself to buy 2 strands of beads because If I had allowed myself more time, and more strands, I would have spent the entire day in the bead section of the market!  One of the strands I bought was a lovely milky-blue glass bead.  I thought one of theses beads would be a perfect match for my  gemstone bracelet.  Woo Hoo!!!

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Supplies:

– Medium size chain (I used gold chain)

– Large bead (mine was about an inch and a quarter wide)

– 2 small round beads (I used 2 gold beads I already had)

– 1 jump ring

– Clasp

– Jewelry wire

– Jewelry making tools

– A bracelet that is a length you like

CIY: Make your own "gemstone" bracelet :: www.happinessiscreating.com{Step 1}:  Take your jewelry wire and slide it through one of your small beads, followed by your large bead, and then your second small bead.  Push your wire through so you have about a half-inch extra.  Use your cutting tool to cut your wire.

CIY: Make your own "gemstone" bracelet :: www.happinessiscreating.com{Step 2}:  Cut your wire down (about a quarter of an inch).  Take your round nose pliers to curl your wire under making a loop.

CIY: Make your own "gemstone" bracelet :: www.happinessiscreating.com{Step 3}:  Repeat step 2 to the other end of your bead.

CIY: Make your own "gemstone" bracelet :: www.happinessiscreating.com{Step 4}:  Grab your bracelet and lay it down.  Put your bead under your bracelet and in the center.  Use this as a guide to see how long you need to cut your chain.  Start at one end of your bracelet and measure out how long you want your chain.  Use your pliers to open the last chain to “cut” it.  Repeat this step on the other side of your bracelet.

CIY: Make your own "gemstone" bracelet :: www.happinessiscreating.com{Step 5}:  Take your open chain and put it through the loop at the end of your bead and use your pliers to close your chain.  Repeat this step on the other side of your bead.

CIY: Make your own "gemstone" bracelet :: www.happinessiscreating.com{Step 6}:  Grab your jump ring and your clasp.  Use your pliers to open your jump ring.  Slide your jump ring through the last chain on your bracelet and then run it through the bottom loop on your clasp.  Use your pliers to close your jump ring

CIY: Make your own "gemstone" bracelet :: www.happinessiscreating.comEnjoy!

CIY: Make your own "gemstone" bracelet :: www.happinessiscreating.com{Photo credit: Bottom – Jewel Mint}

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