Years ago I saw these beautiful little daisy chain beaded bracelets at Shy Siren (along with a lot of other beautiful jewelry--they have some gorgeous pieces) and thought, "I can make those!"
Of course I hadn't really any idea how to make them, they just looked like something one should be able to do without breaking a sweat or whatever. It did take me a little bit of practice but I eventually was able to duplicate the look here with my own necklace and actually it's easy enough for smaller fingers (think 10 years old or older maybe?) to do if they're looking for a pretty holiday present project.
45 inches gold wire
15 dark pink crystals
14 light pink crystals
1 small light pink crystal
15 small dark green crystals
15 small light green crystals
12 inches gold chain
4 gold jump rings
1 gold lobster clasp
needle nosed pliers
1 gold head pin
Cut the wire into three 15-inch lengths (approximately, if you're making a bracelet obviously you'll need less). Once you're ready to start you're going to start in the middle and work outward.
Make the first daisy in the middle by stringing two dark pink crystals onto one wire, one dark, one light and one dark pink crystal onto the next wire (the middle wire) and then two more dark crystals onto the last wire. Position all the beads in the middle of each wire and then twist all three wires together at either end of the grouping of beads so that it looks like the daisy you see to the left.
On one end of the wires string two small dark green beads, onto another string two small light green beads and onto the third string one small light and one small dark green bead. Loosely braid the three wires together so that the beads are evenly spaced along the braid as you see in the above below. Twist together one inch or so away from the daisy. Repeat on the other side of the daisy,
Repeat around the chain, alternating the daisies with dark pink petals and light pink centers with the daisies that have light pink petals and a dark pink center. Braid identical groupings of green beads in between the daisies as you see in the top photo. When you're finished you'll have two dark and two light petaled daisies and five groupings of green beads in between the daisies and on the ends of either side.
Once you've got all your daisies in place you just need to trim down the ends of wire. Cut off the excess wire to leave about half an inch. Twist the three wires together and bend over the nose of your needle-nosed pliers to make a loop. Wrap the end of the wire around the base of the loop as you see in the picture at left.
Attach the gold chain to the loop you've created with one of the gold jump rings. Repeat on the other side.
Decide how long you'd like the necklace to be and trim the chain accordingly. Add two rings, one to each end of the chain where you'd like it to clasp, and attach a lobster clasp to one side and leave the ring on the other side as you see in the picture below. I let a bit of the chain dangle and added a little crystal charm using one large dark pink crystal and one small light pink crystal strung on a head pin. I made a loop in the end and attached it to the end of the chain as you see in the picture.
Now you've got your necklace (or bracelet). Suitable for all sorts of occasions--you could use the same idea and make a darling crown or tiara for any princesses you happen to have around the house.
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