ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

In this new episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV) learn how to make wire wrapped bead links, open and close jump rings and make a fun, whimsical bracelet.

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Last week I shared the Boho Tassel Necklace Tutorial.  This bracelet uses some of the leftover beads from that project as well as the scraps of ribbon you have leftover.

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

In this project we’ll use jump rings to attach the bead links.  In ECT TV Episode 63 I showed you a technique for attaching wire wrapped bead links without using jump rings.  You can find that video tutorial here if you prefer not to use jump rings.

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

These are the step-by-step photo instructions of the exact same tutorial that is found in the video.

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Materials and Tools:

*For the ribbon, I simply used 4 inch scraps that I had leftover from the Boho Tassel Necklace, but you could just cut several 4 inch scraps.

And, of course, feel free to use different gemstones or different colors of silk ribbon if you like.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Use a sharpie to make a mark on your round nose pliers.  It doesn’t particularly matter where the mark is; just make sure to use that mark throughout the project.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Cut approximately 6 inches of wire.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Hold the wire in round nose pliers about 1 1/2 inches from the top.  The wire should be lined up vertically with the line you made on your pliers.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Form a loop by wrapping the wire around one barrel of the pliers.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Remove the loop from round nose pliers.  The loop will be off-centered, so we’ll fix that now.  (If you already have another way of doing this, feel free to use your way.)

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Wrap the short end of the wire around the long end one time.  As you do this, pull the long end out straight.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Wrap around 2 more times.

Trim off the excess wire and make sure the end is not poking out.

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Slide on 3 gemstone beads.

Note:  You may want to use just 2 gemstone beads per link.  For my bracelet I used 3 gemstone beads on 3 wire wrapped bead links and 2 gemstone beads on 2 wire wrapped bead links.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Hold the wire just above the gemstone beads with round nose pliers.  Make sure to line up the wire vertically with the sharpie mark on your pliers.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Wrap the wire around one barrel of round nose pliers to form a loop.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Now we’ll straighten the loop like we did previously.  Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Wrap around one time and as you do that pull the beads out straight to center the loop on top of the wire.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Wrap around 2 more times, trim off the excess wire and make sure the end is not poking out.

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Step #12

Determine what length to make your bracelet.  Subtract the length of the clasp from the total length and make enough wire wrapped bead links to make up the difference.  If it doesn’t work out just right you can make some bead links with 2 beads instead of three or use extra jump rings to add length.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Open up several jump rings.  (It’s a lot quicker to open up all the jump rings you need for a project at one time.)

Find the opening in the jump ring.  Center the opening between bent nose pliers and chain nose pliers (or other pliers that are flat on the inside if you don’t have bent nose pliers.)

With one hand pull toward you and with the other push away to open the jump ring.  Do not open out to the sides.

Opening a jump ring

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Attach all your wire wrapped bead links together using jump rings.

Note:  to close jump rings do the opposite of what you did to open them.  Go past the point of closing a few times to harden the jump ring and then you’ll hear or feel a click when the jump ring is closed properly.  (Usually you’ll feel or hear a click, but not always.)

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Use jump rings to attach one side of the clasp to each end.

Step #16

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Tie 4 inch scraps through each jump ring in between wire wrapped bead links on your bracelet.  Make sure to pull the ties tightly.

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Step #17

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Trim off the ribbons so they’re all the same length.

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Now you have a beautiful new bracelet to go with your Boho Tassel Necklace or on its own.

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