Beading Projects

Breaking the Rules Bracelet

I called this ‘breaking the rules bracelet’ because I have paired warm gold with cool toned beads which is generally a no-no. I’ve also used sparkly glass crystal rondelles and glass crackle beads with smooth round acrylic beads.


8x6mm Chinese Glass Crystal Rondelles x30

20.5x2mm Gold Curved Tubes x23

3mm Glass Crackle Beads x72

6mm Acrylic Round Beads x18

Memory Wire Bracelet x5 Loops

I've made this bracelet in two colours to give you some extra inspiration. The only difference between the two is the colour of the 6mm acrylic beads and the 3mm crackle beads. The links above will allow you to see both colours.


Memory wire cutters (or old cutters)

Round nose pliers


I’ve made a video so you can watch and also written the steps out below.

Step 1

Lay out the beads in the following pattern.

This is the pattern you will follow for the entire bracelet.

Step 2

To make the loop:

  • Place the end of the wire between the jaws of your round nose pliers, making sure that the end is flush with the jaws (doesn’t poke out over the top).
  • Rotate the pliers away from you until your wrist won’t go any further.
  • Reposition the pliers so that the loop is on the lower jaw and rotate again until the loop is closed.
  • Give the loop a little squeeze to flatten it a bit.

Step 3:

Thread the beads onto the other end of the memory wire in the order you laid out above. After every run of the pattern, stretch the wire out to check that you have the beads on in the correct order.

Step 4:

When you have strung on all the beads and checked and double checked that they are in the correct order, trim off the excess wire to about 1cm from the end of the beads. Remember to use your memory wire cutters, not your best flush cutters.

Step 5:

Ensure the beads are all pushed down to the end with the loop and there are no spaces. Make another loop as you did before facing in towards the circle, not out as it is more likely to catch if you face it the other way.

You’re done!

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