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Beach House Bracelet

About this design:

I created this bracelet as a memento of my latest Bead Cruise. I made these little beach houses right before the cruise and when we pulled into the port in the Bahamas it was like I was looking at my beads in real life - there were little beach huts and brightly colored houses with palm trees swaying in front them, surrounded by sand and sea. It's 35 degrees here today in Michigan - sometimes jewelry can bring a dose of sunshine just when you need it. I'll be wearing mine as I dream about Paradise Island!

Components:

Polymer clay Beach House, Sea Urchin ceramic bead, 8 8mm lampwork spacers, 15mm art metal jump ring, 10 6mm copper jump rings, 9 2" gunmetal eyepins, 18 4mm copper spacers, 6" 22 gauge steel wire, 2" 18 gauge copper wire

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
With the steel wire, create a messy wrapped loop* at one end with 2" of wire. Add the house bead. Repeat another messy wrapped loop on top of the house.
(*Wire wrap under the loop tightly 2-3 times, continue wrapping the wire to create a looser wrap on top, use chain nose pliers to tuck the end of the wire tightly to the wrap.)
Step 2:
On an eyepin string one copper spacer, the urchin bead, one spacer, trim wire to a 1/4" and create a loop. Repeat step 2 with all 8 lampwork spacers.
Step 3:
Attach each bead together with a copper jump ring.
Step 4:
Attach the house to the urchin beads with a copper jump ring. Attach the 15mm jump ring to the top of the house.
Step 5:
Wrap the copper wire around round nose pliers to form the clasp. File each end of the wire with a metal file or sand paper. Hammer each end of the clasp with a ball peen hammer. Antique clasp with liver of sulphur. Attach the clasp with a copper jump ring.


Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Very pretty,and does indeed remind me of Nassau/Paradise Island. What a great focal!

  2. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    I love your bracelet and especially that beach house focal! I miss Florida so much! Thanks for bringing this ray of sunshine to us today. :)

  3. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Really cute focal piece.

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    pearlsandme aka Monica says:

    Oh my — neat work with the polymer clay! And what a fun story! And the clasp is really cool too! Pretty!

  5. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Adorable and beachy. Your little beach hut is too cute. I also love the lampwork spacers. They look like beach glass. Where are they from?

  6. dustyd
    dustyd says:

    Just love this…really fresh, simple and fun. Focal is genius!

  7. Asia
    Asia says:

    Beautiful, as always simple yet striking and such a nice sentiment, I think a lot of us put heart and feelings into our pieces, that makes them even more special :D

  8. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Ah, the beach…. a very inviting design. Great focal and the beads are a perfect addition! :)

  9. Sharonpearl
    Sharonpearl says:

    Your beach house is too cute. And your bead selection is perfect – they are lovely, but don’t take away from the house.

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    A Todd says:

    What a gorgeous bracelet! I love everything which reminds me of the seaside!

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    Chrissmile167 says:

    I love this piece its natural,fun,I would wear it out!n! Even in Fl.

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