Autumn Leaf Bracelet, made with Czech glass leaves and firepolish glass, Swarovski crystal pearls, Japanese rocaille beads and memory wire. Designed to be made by adults (16+), you should be able to complete this project in a few hours.
The kit includes written instructions and there are further assembly illustrations as a downloadable PDF file here www.beadaddict.co.uk/kit41/ (password required; supplied with purchase).
Challenge Level - 6 (1= Easiest 10 = Most Diffcult)
Autumn Leaf Kit Contents:
20 Siam Ruby/Vega Firepolish Faceted Czech Glass Beads
20 Czech Glass Multi Orange Leaf Beads
22 Swarovski Crystal Bright Gold 6mm Pearls
2 Metres Gold Plated Jewellery Wire, 0.6mm
100 Gold Plated Bead Caps
2 coils Bright Silver Colour Bracelet Memory Wire
Pinch of Bronze Rocailles
1 Drawstring Organza Gift Bag (random colour)
Tools are not included. You need round nose, flat nose and standard wire cutter pliers, memory wire cutters and neaten/ finish with your round nose or chain nose pliers (this takes strength and the ends of memory wire is sharp, so please do not allow children to do this).
This bracelet will fit just about any wrist size and does not need a clasp to finish it as the memory wire 'snaps' it into place.
Start by checking your memory wire and ensuring they are around the same length, and make a coil at one end of the memory wire on each piece.
Make the leaf links with simple wire wrapped loops top and bottom (see our hints and tips here for how to make wrapped loops); when threading your leaf beads, you will alternate 'top to tail' which helps the bracelet fit together. You have more than enough wire to make your leaf links and loops (and should have some left over to practice with if necessary).
You could choose make a shorter bracelet (for instance, for a child) by using less links and spacer beads. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you do not cut memory wire with ordinary cutting pliers as this will ruin them - its important to use memory wire cutters, for instance to trim to size or to neaten your loops.
It would be quite easy to make this bracelet in a different colourway by subsituting the leaves and beads - for instance using crystal/ab czech glass leaves and using a cream/white crystal pearl - as long as your spacer beads are around 6mm, anything in this size should work.
In the example above, we show the bracelet starting with a couple of 4mm Czech glass faceted rounds, but your kit will start with Swarovski crystal pearls - you will have more pearls in the kit than the red Czech glass beads, so start your threading off with the pearls.
Place a seed bead/rocaille at the top and tail of each leaf bead, and then one before and after the round beads (both Swarovski and Czech glass) - follow the photo for more information.
We advise you string one side to completion before starting the lower side. Getting the second strand of memory wire through is initially a bit fiddly but you soon fall into a rhythm; after making your last loop on your lower strand, go back to your end/memory wire loops all over the bracelet and just tighten/neaten them up until you are happy with their appearance.
KIT-41, Autumn Leaf Bracelet
- Product Code: KIT-41
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