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Crystal Ladder Bracelet


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Basic ladder stitch grows up with new Beadalon solid .925 sterling silver wire and Swarovski crystal beads in a gorgeous bracelet. Once you master this classic beading technique as modified by bead guru Carole Rodgers, this design is a breeze to create — and looks like a small fortune when you wrap it around your wrist!



  • 3 ft. (60.96cm) length - Beadalon 19 Strand solid .925 sterling silver .024 in. jewelry wire
  • 21 - 12x8mm Swarovski crystal A/B barrel beads
  • 14 - 4mm Swarovski olivine bicone beads
  • 14 - 4mm Swarovski Indian sapphire bicone beads
  • 12 - 4mm Swarovski padparascha satin bicone beads
  • 4 - Sterling silver EZ-Crimp™ ends, bright finish
  • 2 - 8mm Heavy duty, twisted square wire jump rings, silver plating
  • 1 - 15mm swivel lobster clasp, silver plated
  • Designer Mighty Crimper
  • Designer Ergo Chain Nose Pliers
  • Designer Ergo Flush Cutter



  1. Cut a 3 ft. (60.96cm) length of Beadalon 19-strand solid .925 sterling silver beading wire.
  2. Thread the wire through each end of an crystal barrel bead. Leave an inch of exposed wire at the end for finishing.
  3. Thread an olivine bicone on each end of wire, thread wires through opposite ends of a second barrel bead. Adjust the wire as you work to maintain some tension and create loops on each side that are of equal length. The bracelet should be somewhat flexible but sturdy when constructed. Do not rush this design. The key is to be sure that the design is not too stiff before you finish it.
  4. Continue along the ladder, adding beads in the following pattern:

    2 Indian sapphires, barrel, 2 padparaschas, barrel, 2 olivines, barrel.
    Repeat this pattern until you end on 2 Indian sapphires and a final barrel.
  5. Thread the end wires into EZ-Crimp ends, using chain nose pliers to pull wire somewhat snug to the end of the final barrel bead. The crimp ends should face shiny side up.
  6. Use the Mighty Crimp Tool to flatten the tubes of the EZ-Crimp ends, working the entire length of the tube and testing to be sure that it is secure.
  7. Cut the loop of wire on the other side in the center. Attach the EZ-Crimp ends as in step 6.
  8. Thread the EZ-Crimp ends on one side onto a jump ring. Secure the jump ring closed. Repeat, adding a swivel lobster clasp on the ring for the second side.


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This is a gorgeous bracelet but with not having a more detailed picture, it is difficult to see the detail. Is there anyway to get a picture of this bracete pretty please ??

Hi psclinard--thanks for your comment! We're actually working to get a picture of this project. Please come back later to see if it's been uploaded. Have a great day!

This is a gorgeous bracelet and I am looking forward to making it but..... there is no picture with the instruction. The picture that is at the end of the article is not clear enough to see any of the details. This will make it difficult to make sure that it is being made correctly and I do not want to get frustrated and then not make it. Is there anyway that we can gt a larger picture of this beautiful bracelet ???

Wish there was a pic :(

I wish the photo of this gorgeous-gorgeous-gorgeous bracelet was with the instruction:( However, I saw it on the Bijoux Cuff page and was able to screen grab>copy-paste to a word.doc>enlarge on the word.doc>save as a pdf to accompany the instructions. Must say that I passed this one by when there was no pic and it's only because I saw the photo at the bottom of the Bijoux Cuff page that I realised I'd be missing something ultra-special. I will definitely be making this stunning bracelet now that I have the instructions AND photo.

Where is the picture of this bracelet? I would help to see what you are making in order to follow the directions. Thanks!

Reading step 1 it says to cut a piece of wire to the desired length but when you look at the picture it looks like that you might need 2 lengths of wire,in step 5 it says to thread the end wires into the crimps.Could clarify if I need 2 strands of wire or only 1.Thankyou Sharyn Carver

Bracelet beautiful, easy

I love this bracelet. It is an elegant piece to wear during the holidays.

What do I think?? I think it's gorgeous!

I just found a great video showing how to do this stitch. Go to www.wonderhowto.com/how-to-do-ladder-stitch-for-beaded-jewelry-making-223092/. The directions are very clear.

Videos can be much easier to follow than written instructions- THANKS a bunch! This is a big help :)

I, too, would love love to make this bracelet; however, I am not a jewelry maker and find the directions very difficult to understand. Is there a picture tutorial available???

I really like this bracelet but I don't make jewerlery. Is the completed bracelet for sale anywhere??? Please let me know.

In answer to Meemers' question, the one inch piece of wire at one end is a loop. In other words, you thread each side of the wire through the bead, but you do not pull tight -- leaving about an inch long loop. After attaching the clasp to the wire ends on one side, you go back to the beginning of your weaving, and as it says in step 7, you "cut the loop of wire on the other side". So, the inch of wire you leave is a loop in the exact middle of the piece of wire. And that leaves two "working" wires -- each one is one half of the long wire you started with -- after you've threaded the first bead. Does that make sense? I'm sorry I can't be more clear; I have never written beading directions before. Good luck!

I would like to make this ladder but I am having difficulty understanding the directions. Are there any graphics to explain said instructions or instructions for a ladder bracelet that are easier to understand. The directions state to thread wire through a bead and leave an inch of exposed wire at the end for finishing. Next thread a bead on each end of wire and thread wires through opposite ends of a second bead. How can this be done with a one inch piece of wire at one end. It is probably so simple but it's difficult to picture without having ever seen this procedure done. Thanks for your reply. Angela Bogart


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