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Mixed Metals

by: Jennifer Tough

Here's an attention getter! I kind of have a 'thing' for Swarovski pearls. I have to pass the pearls about 50 times a day to get to my office, and I almost always stop to fondle them, and twirl and twist them around my fingers. I've only been walking by them 50 times a day for many years now. I still don't get tired of them.

For this bracelet, I chose 3 different colours of Swarovski pearls (copper, bright gold, and antique brass) I've used 1 strand of each in both 6 and 8mm. This bracelet has almost 150 pearls (I used almost all of them).

The bracelet is not difficult to do, but it is time consuming. If you know how to to a wrapped loop, you're all set. If not, this bracelet will give you heaps of practise!

Prewire all of your pearls onto headpins. You'll want to do a wrapped loop on each one.
Separate the pearls by colour and size, and set up two groupings. The first grouping will have 1-6mm, 1-8mm, 1-6mm. The second grouping will have 1-8mm, 1-6mm, 1-8mm. You'll be stringing on your pearls in groups of three.

To start the bracelet, thread your softflex with a crimp bead, and your clasp. Crimp as usual, and string on 2-4mm swarovski crystals. Thread on your first grouping of pearls, a 4mm swarovski crystal, and the next group of three pearls. |Continue until you have strung almost all of the wired pearls. You'll want to check for length along the way. The bracelet is quite bulky, so you'll want it a bit larger than you would normally wear.

Once you're happy with the length, string on 2 more 4mm crystals, and then the other side of the clasp. When you crimp, be careful not to pull it too tight. You want the pearls to have some movement, and not too stiff looking.

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