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Summer Party

by: Dwyn Tomlinson

When I first laid eyes on the new Swarovski Neon pearls - I thought my eyeballs were going to be sucked out of my head. I could not believe how bright - how intense - the colours were.

They reminded me of a time, many, many years ago now - when a customer called and asked me - "Do you have any YELLOW beads. I mean, a true, bright, yellow, like a highlighter yellow?" Well - I eventually did find her some bright yellow beads, but we had to special order them - there just wasn't anything like that available.

Ms Yellow Bead Lady - wherever you are now - these beads are for you.

Combining the silky matte yellow and orange with the glossy Ivory Pearls creates a fun colour combo - with just the right amount of contrast.

You'll want to refer to our tutorial on making "Rapid Loops" to make the large number of dangles required for this bracelet.

String an 8 mm Neon Orange pearl - then add 5 dangles, then another 8 mm Orange Pearl, then 5 more, and continue the same way until you get the length you need. Add the clasp with crimps and crimp covers.

Hang 5 more dangles off the loop of the toggle clasp - just so you don't get a big, naked spot in the bracelet. I actually used the clasp with the multiple loops for the toggle, and then took 3 off, because I just didn't need it that long.

The dangles were made randomly - they all have two beads, with the end one smaller than the next. Other than that - anything goes!

Quantities listed below are approximate. The overall length is 8 inches: you may want to make yours a little shorter if you don't need that much length. I suggest making the dangles first, and then stringing. There are about 135 dangles - 5 on the toggle at the end and 130 in the main part.

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