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DragonflyAlter-Art Charm Bracelet

As seen on the cover of Beautiful Beading

Materials

18cm 10mm round brass chain
1 25mm round brass setting
6 18mm round brass setting
6 18mm round acyclic cabochon
1 25mm round brass setting
3 bead casp
6 3mm spacer beads
16 jump rings 6mm
1 hook
15 head pins
4 Czech glass leaf beads
3 Czech glass 8mm flower cups
4 coloured quartz 8mm beads
3 Czech fire-polish 8mm beads
9 size 8 seed beads
3 Czech firepolish 10mm beads
Diamond Glaze
Beads Online dragonfly image sheet
Flat-nose pliers
Round-nose pliers
Wire cutters

Materials are available at wwww.beadsonline.com.au

Technique

Step 1 – Make up the dragonfly charms
Select and cut out the images you wish to use from the photo sheet. You need to select six small images and one large one.
Take your acrylic cabochons and apply a layer of Diamond Glaze (not to thin) and drop your images face down on top. Turn around and check to make sure there are no air pockets or bubbles.
Allow to dry. When dry glue to frames using a generous amount of Diamond Glaze

Step 2 – Make the beaded dangles
Using head pins make up a variety of beaded dangles.
a. Take a head pin and thread one 10mm Czech fire-polish bead, one beads cap and one 3mm spacer bead. Make in total three dangles
b. Take a head pin and thread one 8mm purple quartz bead, one 8mm fire polish bead and one 3mm spacer bead. Make in total three dangles
c. Take a head pin and thread one seed bead, one 8mm flower cup and one seed bead. Make in total three dangles.
d. Take a head pin and thread one leaf bead and one seed beads. Make in total four dangles.

Step 3 – Create the bracelet base
Measure 18cm of the chain. Separate the chain by opening and closing links like jump rings.
Take one head pin and thread one 8mm quartz bead and trim the head pin 1cm from the end. Create a loop. Take one 6mm jump ring and attach the newly created quartz dangle to the end of the chain. Take one more 6mm jump ring and attach the the hook to the other side.

Step 4 – Adding the center dragonfly charm
Count thirteen large links from the hook and using a 6mm jump ring thread the link, large dragonfly picture charm and one flower cups dangle (step 2 c). This is the centre of your bracelet.
Counting three links from the large charm attach on each side using 6mm jump rings attach a smaller dragonfly charm and leaf dangle (step 2 d)

Step 7 – Adding the last dragonfly charms
From the smaller charm count 4 links each side and using a 6mm jump ring attach a picture charm and flower up dangle.
Repeat this step but subsite the flower dangle with a leaf dangle.

Step 8 – Adding the beaded dangles
Using the picture as a guide add the beaded dangles created in step 2 a & b in the middle link between each dragonfly charm.
To make the bracelet bigger just add more chain links to one side of the bracelet (open and close the link of the chain like jump rings)