The other day I got in the mood to make some new jewelry, and I came up with these half bead/half chain bracelets. I like the mix of materials, and they look especially good with several other bracelets. Plus, there are endless variations, as you can see. I made several versions with different types of beads. Today I’ll share instructions for the chunkier green bracelet, which uses amazonite beads.
Large flat beads or stones
Clamshell knot cover
1. Cut a length of beading cord of about 9 inches long. Fold it in half, and loop it through the link at the end of the chain, then back through itself, tying a lark’s head knot.
2. String beads onto the cord until you have about 3.5 inches of beads strung.
3. Tie a knot at the end of the cord and add a clamshell knot cover. (Here’s a tutorial on how to use these.) Use a dab of glue to secure it.
4. Use the pliers to open a jump ring, and add a clasp.
5. Use the wirecutters to cut the chain so your bracelet measures about 7.5 inches. Trim the excess cord with scissors.
I made the thinner bracelets with basically the same method, but I’ll go into more detail on those tomorrow.