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Butterfly Dream Bracelet

By: Cindy Overland for Rings & Things

This pretty jewelry craft from Rings & Things features delicate Swarovski crystal butterflies and hollow silver beads punched with dreamy shapes. The design is lovely, yet quick and easy.
 

Hollow Bead and Butterfly Bracelet

Materials:

  • 3 24-731-752 15mm round pierced beads with collar, sterling silver
  • 4 21-890-126 10mm faceted round gemstone beads, ruby zoisite
  • 3 05-754-06-13 6mm Swarovski® crystal butterfly beads, fuschia
  • 2' 64-592 26-gauge wire, sterling silver
  • 1 39-550-H Diamond-shaped toggle clasp, sterling silver
  • 2 37-290-657 5.7mm jump rings, Argentium® sterling silver

Tools:

  • cutters
  • chain-nose pliers
  • round-nose pliers

 

Instructions:

  1. Cut wire into pieces approximately 3" in length.
  2. Add the beads and crystals as pictured.
  3. Make wrapped loops at each end, attaching sections to each other as you wrap. See this tutorial for help on creating wrapped ends.
  4. Use jump rings to attach the toggle clasp to each end.

 

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