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How to make a bracelet with crystal beads

Updated on February 8, 2012

start by creating a design

Create a pattern from your bead selection before you thread the beads
Create a pattern from your bead selection before you thread the beads

Working with crystal beads

Crystal beads make beautiful jewellery. Crystal lends itself to reflecting precious metals or steel. Combining colours of different crystal creates fashionable and stylish accessories for day or evening wear. For this bracelet I used:

  • turquoise and taupe crystal beads
  • steel spacers and crimps
  • Steel toggle clasp
  • no 7 nylon coated stainless steel stringing wire

You will also need a pair of crimping tools and a cutting tool (pliers are preferable for a close cut)


Start the bracelet by measuring out beads into a pattern. Cut beading wire plus an additional 5-6" for folding back through at each end.

Thread one end of the beading wire through the ring on one end of the toggle clasp, add two crimps and double the wire back through the ring and the crimps - pull tight and secure the crimps in place using the crimping tool and squeezing tight until the crimps do not move. Make sure there is no space between crimps and clasp.

Thread the wire through the clasp and crimps.

Double back through the clasp and crimps and pull tight.  Secure crimps with crimping tool
Double back through the clasp and crimps and pull tight. Secure crimps with crimping tool
begin to add beads - tuck folded back wire through beads
begin to add beads - tuck folded back wire through beads

Start adding beads

Thread beads onto wire and include the length of folded back wire through the first couple of beads and continue to thread until pattern is completed. You should have about 3" wire left.

Continue adding beads until pattern is complete.
Continue adding beads until pattern is complete.
To complete add two more crimps, thread wire through other end of toggle clasp and fold back through crimps and beads, pull tight and secure crimps.
To complete add two more crimps, thread wire through other end of toggle clasp and fold back through crimps and beads, pull tight and secure crimps.

complete your bracelet by adding crimps and toggle clasp

Add two more crimps and other end of toggle clasp. Thread wire back through clasp and crimps and pull through first two or three beads as tightly as possible. Secure crimps using crimping tool. Ensure no wire is showing. Using cutting tool snip off any wire not threaded through beads.

Enjoy your beautiful bracelet or give it as a gift.

Note the crimping and finishing can be tricky at first. Be patient and practice - it is worth it!

The Finished Product - Enjoy!

The final product.  Beading and custom made jewellery by Oakwood Crafts is availalble online at www.arccsociety.com
The final product. Beading and custom made jewellery by Oakwood Crafts is availalble online at www.arccsociety.com

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    • ayliss08 profile image

      ayliss08 5 years ago from Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

      Nice idea, voted up! I like the beautiful and shinning crystal glass. Thanks for sharing!

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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      oh thank you. I am supposed to gift it but I really want to keep it:-)

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      Luti Febrian W 5 years ago from Surabaya, Indonesia

      nice direction, i liked it

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      Dawn A. Harden 5 years ago from CT-USA

      I enjoy making jewelry. Love your finished product. The blue just pops. Thanks for the hub.

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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      Thanks Ayliss, I bought some beautiful blue beads at vlaue village yesterday for $3.50 and have turned them into a beautiful necklace and earring set.

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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      THANKS. I am going to your hubs - see if you have ideas posted!

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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      Thank you - it was a good lesson for me in how to make it clear

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      Specialist5 5 years ago from Norwich, CT USA

      Liked the hub. I am a some-times beader and have made various pieces but need to learn more to be better just like I need to learn hubbing. I get daily e-mails from Fire Mountain Beads and Gems and have bought products from them. They have great instructions and videos that I've been watching the last couple of days. They also have great writers. I'll be watching for more jewelry hubs. Thanks again.

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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      Thanks. Ill also check out the resources you mention.

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      Chris Achilleos 5 years ago

      very nice hub and very very useful :) voted up

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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      Thanks Chris. Appreciate your feedback.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I love crystal beads and have 5 or 6 bracelets in them. I didn't make all of them some from my daughter and otherd from my friend. Great hub. Love the bracelet. Voted Up.

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      Thanks moonlake. With such a beautiful name strikes me that you should be adorned in crystal:-)

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