Swarovski Crystal Bicone Bracelet Video Tutorial

Swarovski Crystal Bicone Bracelet Video Tutorial

Hello and welcome to another jewelry making
video brought to you by KeepsakeCrafts.net and Fancy That Art Jewelry Etsy Shop.
Today, we’re going to let the beads do the work for us. With just some simple stringing,
these top drilled bicones make a very interesting bracelet design.
So it’s the choice of beads that we’re using here that makes our bracelet design. I don’t
know if you can see it but these bicones instead of being drilled through from point to point
are actually drilled across one of the points. And we can use that to let the beads nest
into each other and make a really great kind of spiral design.
So what you’ll need are some Swarovski crystal bicone beads that are top drilled. Here we
have 12 8mm Indian pink; 12 8mm mocha; 12 8mm cyclamen, then we have 12 6mm in rose
and 12 6mm in lavender. You’ll also need a piece of bead stringing
wire. About 12 to 14 inches is great for a bracelet. You’ll need a toggle clasp or a
clasp of your choice. You’ll need 2 crimp beads and then a few accent beads.
So we’ll start by adding half of our clasp. You want to slide on a crimp bead. And then,
slide on one of your accent beads. By not having your crimp bead right up against your
toggle, it just protects it a little bit. So then go through one of the pieces of your
toggle and then back through both beads, the accent bead and the crimp. So we’re just going to pull up our wires snug to the clasp. And you don’t want it too snug
because then your bracelet is stiff. The next step is to flatten the crimp bead. If you’re
comfortable using crimping pliers, go ahead and do that. I happen to like just using a
chain nose pliers. So make sure that your wires are lying side
by side as they come out of the crimp bead, you don’t want them crossing. And then just
go ahead and grab that bead with your chain nose pliers and give it a good squeeze. Flatten
it out. Always give that a tug. Make sure that’s not going anywhere.
And then if you have that secure, you don’t need to leave any tail because a tail isn’t
going to make it any more secure. So you can just go ahead and snip off that excess wire.
So once you have your crimp secured on the wire, go ahead and string on another one of
your accent beads. That way the crimp is sandwiched between two accent beads and kind of protected
there. If you have a crimp cover which is a little
thing, it looks like a bead once it’s snapped over it, you can go ahead and add one. I just
don’t happen to have any right now. And that’ll just make it look like another bead but this
actually serves to disguise it. So then you go ahead and start stringing your
bead pattern and it’s very simple. Just arrange your beads in the order that you’d like them
to be. And you’re going to have your 6 mm, your 6 mm and then your 3 8mm and you just
string two of each. And we start with the smaller ones because that just gives the toggle
a little bit more space so that you can slide it in.
So you can see, when I said these are top drilled, now you can see a little bit more clearly
what I mean that it’s drilled through one of the points of the bicone rather than from
point to point. So simply string on two of each and really the designing here is in the sizes
you choose and the colors you choose and the way you arrange your colors. So you can see they sort of nest into each other and they kind of spiral as they go along
the wire. You’ll see what I mean when I get a few more on. So once you get a few on, just go ahead shake them down so that they nest into each
other and now you can see what I mean by the way they spiral.
Now at this point you may have to do a little bit of experimenting, stringing and re-stringing
to determine just how many beads that you need for the length of bracelet you need.
I have actually done that a few times. I need a bracelet that’s just a smidge over 7 inches
and so I’m going to actually use all of these beads.
I’ve done one set that used two of each of these five kinds of beads. Now I’m going to
go ahead and do in between all the 8 mm are always going to have two pink 6 mm rose
6 mm beads and two Provence lavender 6 mm beads.
And then to make this bracelet just a little bit bigger, at this point I’m actually going
to add a three of each of my 8 mm. Let me lay out the pattern for you. There’ll be two
of each of the 8 mm and then three of each. So, we’ll have three and three and then two
of each of the little ones and then two of each of the big ones. I’m just making it symmetrical,
that’s just me. And then, two of each of the smaller in between
and then another three of each of the bigger ones. And then, finishing with two more of
each of these and then two. So the smaller ones are always two and two
and then for the larger ones we go two’s, three’s, two’s, three’s, two’s and that uses
up all 12 of your beads. If you need a larger bracelet what you can
do is add a few more beads at the end. That’s actually a good idea to have a few more smaller
beads like these accents at the end with a toggle bar. So I’m going to go ahead and finish
my stringing and then I’ll show how to finish it up.
Here I have strung all my beads. Now keep in mind because this bracelet has some depth
to it, some thickness you actually need a little bit more length than you might normally
on a skinnier, slimmer profile of a bracelet. This one right now is at… and make sure
that you shake all the beads down and get them to nest into each other because otherwise
it’ll be longer than you think it is. And when you finish it, they will slide down and then
you’ll have a loose wire. Right now this is at about 7 and half inches, which will be
just right for a 7 or 7 and a quarter wrist. Like I said, if you need a little bit more,
go ahead and add a few more accent beads. What I’m going to do right now is slide on
an accent bead and a crimp and our last accent bead and the toggle bar. And then slide the
wire back through the accent bead and the crimp and then go ahead and pull it up.
Again make sure that those are all nested down to each other and leave just a tiny bit
of slack in your wire so that your bracelet hangs. That’s a little stiff so I’m just going
to loosen it even just a 16th of an inch. Now it’s draping nicely.
And then we’ll just go ahead and flatten that crimp, just the way I did to the other one
making sure that the wires are flat to each other. Give it a tug. Make sure it’s secure.
Cut off the excess wire. And there you have it: a lovely bracelet, very simple to do.
So here’s another look at the bracelet we made today. Isn’t it fun? I think it’s a lot
of fun to make a project that looks complicated but because of the materials we chose, it’s
actually very simple to do. If you’d like to make a bracelet just like
this one, I actually have this available in kit form at my Fancy That Art Jewelry Etsy
Shop. You will get all genuine Swarovski crystal beads, all the ones you see here. You will
get a slightly different clasp than the one in this picture but it will be silver plated
and you will get sterling silver crimps and accent beads.
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  1. Love your bracelet 🙂 Do you have a book how to make these bracelet? I'm looking a long time for this books but I can:t find them anywhere 🙁

  2. Hi.. Nice bracelet, could you please tell me what kind of wire you are using? And whereever i search for top drilled bicones theres no match, are they called something else? 🙂

  3. I know you say top drill but is that also called drop bicone.  I just want to make sure am  ordering correct. Thank You:)

  4. Hi Sandy, 
    I love this bracelet and would love to make one. Could you suggest a place where I can buy top-drilled bicones,  in good colors, in the USA? I seem to have exhausted what I know, and found some boring colors. I think that your color choice is delicious. Thanks,

  5. Thank you for this tutorial! Very well done & perfect for me! I have not used the Top drilled beads & now feel comfortable enough to try them.

  6. I loved your tutorial. Sharp, precise and to the point. I am just starting to bead, and your tutorial made it look easy. I really liked that you said you could use needle nose pliers, rather than having to buy an extra tool. Any hobby costs money, but any time an instructor can give me an money saver it's even better. Can't wait to start watching your blog!

  7. Your better off using crimp pliers because, it crimps that bead in a nice looking uniform state, and it looks so much better! Try it with a pr of flat pliers, then again with crimp pliers, and you'll be amazed at the differences it makes!

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