I saw these matte blue faceted glass beads in Beads & Plenty More, and although I didn’t have a project in mind for them, I really wanted to use them. I picked them up, and after some trial-and-error, put together a simple necklace with just a little bling.
In my previous post I mentioned some chain that I used for the casual bling necklace. Of course, since I bought it in a package rather than by the metre, I had some leftover, and wasn’t sure what to do with it at first. It was just a little bit too short to become a necklace for me (it would have been a choker, and I don’t love those usually). It was also too long to be a bracelet or anything else. I tried it on another piece I’ve been working on, but it just didn’t suit it either.
Then I tied it in a knot… and I loved the knot! It was simple, but had so much sparkle and such a neat, beaded effect. I decided to use it for a bracelet after all, using the knot to shorten the length.
- First off I added crimps to the ends of the chain. As I mentioned in a previous post, the technique of using wire and a bead cap is also a possibility, but I didn’t like the end result.
- Then I looped one end of a magnetic closure onto a split ring, and strung the closure onto the chain – as if it was a bead to hang in the middle.
- Then I strung the two crimps onto a second, smaller split ring, and added the second side of the closure. Then I tied the whole thing in a knot, centering the knot between the two clasps.
The result is delicate and pretty!
I’m really enjoying magnetic closures for bracelets – they are so much easier to put on and take off than toggle, lobster or box clasps, when I’m trying to work one-handed. What other styles of clasp do you like for bracelets – let me know in the comments below!
I found these amazing, beautiful beads when I was in Toronto at Hi Beads, and really wanted to do something with them, but nothing really seemed “special” enough for them, and they kept getting lost in more complicated designs. Finally I settled on doing a fairly simple design, with some really pretty chain I picked up.
In a previous post (Purple Sparkle) I mentioned that the beads from the project were leftovers from another project… well this is it.
I originally started with the large hole silver beads, and some blue beads. I thought that purple would go well with them… but when I got it all home, my craftiness took me in a different direction!