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Beaded Hoop Link Bracelet

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In this lesson you will learn how to shape beautifully simple links to create a bracelet. Beads are placed on the links to add a hint of sparkle, although, you can make this without beads as well for a unique look. When deciding how long to make this bracelet, you will need to remember that, because of the thickness of the links, you will have to make the total length longer than the size of the wrist it is to be worn on. For instance, the bracelet in this tutorial will just fit a 7" wrist. However, the total length of the bracelet, including the clasp, is 7 1/2" inches. The amount of beads and 20 gauge wire you will need for this project depends on the length you require to finish your bracelet. Each link is approximately 3/8" long, which would translate to .375". To determine how many links you will need, divide the total length of the bracelet you need by .375. For instance, for a 7" bracelet you would divide 7 by .375, and the answer would be 18.7. So, for 7 inches of chain, you will need 19 links. I like to make sure I have enough wire and beads for 2 more than needed, just in case, which will bring it to 21 links. Each link has 2 beads. So for a 7 inch chain, you will need 38-42 beads. Also, each link uses 3" of wire. To get the amount of wire needed, multiply the needed number of links by 3. For 21 links you will need approximately 63" of 20 gauge wire. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY How to use basic wire working tools

Recommended with this pattern

  • 2" 18 gauge wire, dead soft or half hard
  • 3mm beads with holes large enough to fit onto 20 gauge wire (Czech fire polished beads work well for this. So do some of the Swarovski 3mm round beads) Amount will depend on size of bracelet.
  • Chain Nose Pliers

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