Murano beads are
intricate glass beads influenced by Venetian glass artists. Since 1291,
the Murano glassmakers have refined technologies such as crystalline
glass, enamelled glass (smalto), glass with threads of gold
(aventurine), multicoloured glass (millefiori), milk glass (lattimo) and
imitation gemstones made of glass producing beads and glasswork
unmatched anywhere in the world.
This elegant, bead bracelet pattern allows you to transform the design by adding your own combination of beads.
Follow these step by step instructions or choose the number of strands to suit your own requirements, each section could be slightly different.
The finished length of this bracelet will be 10” (25cm) but you can vary this by adding more or less seed beads to acquire your desired length.
Bead Jewelry Instructions for Making a Murano Glass Bracelets
Step 1. Begin by choosing your beads, place them on your beading board which prevents them from rolling away.Cut four lengths of beading wire, 15” (38cm) this is allowing extra length. Choose the diameter of the wire based on the hole sizes of the beads you have chosen for your bracelet. Place the four strands into the bead – spring stopper to secure them.
I have a pair of wire cutters that I only use for cutting tiger tail as this wire tends to make the cutters blunt.
Step 2. For this design take one of the wires and thread random seed beads for 0.6” (1.5cm), then repeat this for the other three strands.
Bring the four strands together and thread onto them:-
Then thread random seed beads for 1” (2.6cm) on each of the four wires.
Repeat step 2 until you have four glass beads in place.
Complete this pattern with 0.6” (1.5cm) of seed beads on each of the four strands.
Step 3. On one of the wire ends place a crimp, make a small loop by threading the wire back through the crimp, then with your crimping pliers secure it in place. Using you wire cutters trim the excess wire.
Repeat this for the other three strands of the bracelet.
If you are new to crimping or not quite sure how it is done then check out these instructions on how to use crimping pliers.
Step 4. Cut a piece of beading wire 4” (10cm) long and make a small loop the same as your other strands.
Thread the wire through the four loops and back through its own loop to bring them all together.
Thread the wire through:-
Position the bead, then gently place the clasp over the French wire, feed the wire back through the crimp to inside the end cap.
Secure the crimp and trim the excess wire.
Repeat this process for the other end of your bracelet.
Lay your bracelet on a beading mat and form a circle, just keep adjusting each section until they are all sitting where you would like them.
Allow some looseness so it will sit nicely and not too stiff. When you
are happy with the result then secure the crimp and trim off the excess
Check out other designs on How to Make Bracelets.
Now this completes your Murano Glass Bracelet.
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