DIY -Lattice Bracelet
January 15, 2014 9 Comments
1 yard Softflex wire, size .014″
2 tube shaped crimp beads, size 2mm x 2mm
1 toggle clasp
11 Swarovski 6mm faceted round crystal beads
22 daisy spacer beads measuring 4mm across
5+ grams size 11/0 seedbeads
Designer’s Tip: This is a beginner level bracelet pattern. The pattern is created by using a doubled length of Softflex wire and stringing through the beads in a figure 8 pattern. The 6mm beads can easily be replaced with any size or shape of bead. When using larger beads, the number of seedbeads strung between each lattice connection may need to be increased.
Attach the First Side of the Clasp
Step 1: Feed the Softflex wire through one end of the toggle clasp and position the clasp in the center of the stringing wire.
Step 2: Feed both ends of the wire through a crimp bead and position the crimp against the clasp. The resulting loop should be small but in no way constricting the movement of the clasp.
Step 3: For a professional look, use a crimp tool to secure the crimp bead in place.
We have a great video on how to use this tool. (It’s a long video, jump to 2:59 for a quick review of how the crimp tool works.) Alternatively, the crimp bead can be secured in place by squeezing it with a pair of chain nose pliers.
String the Bead Pattern
Step 4: String 10 seedbeads onto each piece of wire.
Step 5: String 1 daisy spacer, 1 round crystal, and 1 daisy spacer onto one of the wire strands.
Step 6: Feed the other wire strand through the beads strung during the previous step in the opposite direction. This will create the figure-8 pattern.
Step 7: Repeat Step 4 through Step 6 ten more times or until the desired length is achieved.
Finishing the Bracelet
Step 8: String 10 seedbeads onto each piece of wire.
Step 9: Feed both ends of the wire through a crimp bead.
Step 10: Feed both ends of the wire through the loop of the second side of the clasp.
Step 11: Feed both ends of the wire back through the crimp bead so that the clasp becomes “trapped” in the loop and the wire ends are pointing toward the beads.
Step 12: For a professional look, use a crimp tool to secure the crimp bead in place. Alternatively, the crimp bead can be secured in place by squeezing it with a pair of chain nose pliers.
Step 13: Use wire cutters to cut off excess wire.
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