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Natural Green Gemstone Bracelet with White Howlite Accents

by Dominique Marando | March 25, 2019
Natural Green Gemstone Bracelet with White Howlite Accents

Hello! Today on the blog, I will be sharing with you how to make a lovely green and white beaded bracelet, using the new JBNS range of beads from Just Bead It! The beautiful gemstone beads from Just Bead It are so fun to work with and the great range of colours and sizes makes every piece unique!

Just Bead It products used:
  • Large green Canadian jade round beads - JBNS43
  • Medium green Canadian jade round beads - JBNS74
  • Small white magnesite spacer beads - JBNS50
  • Large white howlite beads - JBNS61
Additional products used:
  • beading wire
  • crimp beads
  • silver crimp covers
  • silver 3-hole bar ends
  • silver lobster claw clasp
  • silver extender chain
  • bent-nose pliers
  • round-nose pliers
  • crimping pliers

Firstly, to secure the first length of wire to the 3-hole bar end, thread the crimp onto the wire, then add the 3-hole bar end, then thread the crimp back through itself and secure with crimping pliers. Add a crimp cover over the top to hide the raw crimp. Next, begin to thread the first few beads onto the secured wire. 
The pattern is as follows (for the bottom strand): 
small white (JBNS50) > medium green (JBNS74) > 2x small white (JBNS50) > howlite (JBNS61) > small white (JBNS50) > large green (JBNS43) > start again and repeat until desired length is achieved.

You can now start on the second strand (the top strand). The pattern for the top strand is as follows:
small white (JBNS50) > howlite (JBNS61) > small white (JBNS50) > large green (JBNS43) > small white (JBNS50) > medium green (JBNS74) > 2x small white (JBNS50) > start again and repeat until desired length is reached. NOTE: Once you've finished one whole sequence,, you are acutally going to start again from the howlite part of the sequence (step 2), or else, if you start at the beginning and add another 1x small white, you will end up with 3x small white beads before the howlite. The picture below clarifies this pattern further.
As you can see, I added my crimp covers at this point, but it really doesn't matter if you place yours on at the beginning or end.
After the beads are strung, you can go ahead and attach both the wires to a second 3-hole bar end. Like before, add a crimp bead onto the wire, thread the wire through the bar end and back into the crimp bead. Create an indent using the crimping pliers, fold the crimp back onto itself for security, and fasten a silver crimp cover over the top to hide the raw crimp. Do the same with the second wire.

Once all the strands are secure, simply attach a lobster claw clasp to one end, and a silver extender chain to the other, and you're finished! That's how simple it is to make a lovely handmade beaded bracelet. The combination of green and white makes this a really natural and earthy piece that can blend into any style, whether casual or formal.

As a side-note, while photographing the bracelet, I've found that the camera doesn't quite pick up the green colour as nicely as I would have liked. In real life, the jade beads are a rich, deep green shade and the photos don't always accurately represent that. Green is such a beautiful colour, but can be very tricky to photograph sometimes...

 




I hope you enjoyed this post - hopefully this can inspire you to have a go at using some of the Just Bead It beads. Thanks for reading - happy beading!

If you would like to view more of my designs, I also have an Etsy store called 
DominiquesWares which features more beaded jewellery. This particular gemstone bracelet will soon be uploaded to my store, so stay tuned for that :)

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