Making a Swarovski Crystal Bead Bracelet
Swarovski crystal beads have been a popular item in jewellery making for over 100 years and still retain their charm and attraction today. Simple to
use and capable of creating a dazzling effect for very little effort, Swarovski crystals are a great introduction to the joys of making your own jewellery
for any age. The pretty, iridescent crystals catch the light beautifully and come in a huge array of colours. They work well in almost any form of
jewellery making, but are particularly effective when used to make a simple bracelet.
To create a beautiful Swarovski crystal bead bracelet, you will need a packet of size 15 seed beads, 24 small pearls and 36 small Swarovski crystal
beads. Cut a length of beading thread approximately 1.5metres and thread it onto a beading needle. About 15cm from the end, attach a bead stopper.
Each bead always has a seed bead either side of the crystal or pearl. So always add on bead "units" for example, one seed beads one crystal (or
pearl) then one seed bead, every time you need to add on beads. Thread on four small crystal units: one seed bead, one crystal, one seed bead, four
times. Allow the beads to fall down near your bead stopper. Pass needle through the bottom of the first small crystal unit and then pull the thread so
the beads form a circle or a square.
Tie a small knot between the seed beads where your needle is and then continue to pass the needle through the next small crystal unit. The needle
always comes out of the bottom crystal or pearl unit ready to add the next circle. Add on one small crystal unit, one small pearl unit and one small
crystal unit. Pass the needle through the next small crystal unit (on the circle you have just added on) then through small pearl unit. Add on three small
pearl units, then pass the needle through the existing small pearl unit on the previous circle, and then pull thread up. You will now have three adjoining
circles. Pass the needle through the next two small pearl units. Add on three small crysta