DIY: Neon/Neutral Triple Cluster Pearl Bracelet


Being a DIY kinda girl, it's a bit surprising that I haven't really dabbled in jewery making before.  (*Gasp*,*shock*, *horror*... I know... lol!)

I figured it was about time for that to change. Luckily, my sister, Rene (who I first introduced to you in this post), is a jewelry making pro and was able to help me out with the design and creation of these bauble beauties.

Wanna make your own?

HERE'S THE HOW TO:

Stuff you'll need:







You'll also need wire cutters (not shown above).

Looking for the perfect beads?  Here are neon and pearl versions.  Of course, feel free to branch out and try any color bead you'd like to.

Note: Make sure the gauge of the wire you use will fit through the hole in your bead.


Method:



Here's how to make the single bead that hangs down in the cluster.  Make a total of six with this pattern:


1. Thread the bead on 4 inches of wire.

2. Crisscross the wire ends over the bead.

3. Bend one of the ends up 90 degrees using the needle nose pliers.

4. Wrap the other end of the wire around the base of the wire is bent up. (Wrap around 4 times.)



5. Use the wire clippers to trim off the extra wire that was sticking out in Step 4.

6. Use the needle nose pliers to bend the remaining wire back 90 degrees. The wire should now run perpendicular to the hole in the bead.

7. Use the round nose pliers to create a loop at the top. (This tutorial is helpful if you need a step-by-step how to for creating a wrapped loop.)

8. Wrap the remaining wire around the base of the loop 4 times.  Finally, snip off the excess wire that is sticking out from the bead with the wire cutters. Your bead should now look like the finished bead at the top of this section. Make a total of six using this pattern.



Now, we will make the triple clusters that make up the bracelet.


1. On four inches of wire create a wrapped loop at one end. (This tutorial can help walk you through creating a wrapped loop.)

2. Thread on a bead, the bead you made with the single bead pattern in Part 1 and then another bead. See the cluster forming?

3. Using the needle nose pliers bend the wire 90 degrees. Be sure to leave a little space between the bead and the wire as you'll need room to wrap the wire later.

4. Create a loop at the end of the wire, but don't wrap the wire at the base yet.



5. Attach the tri-cluster to another tri-cluster by slipping it into the loop. 

6. Wrap the wire around the base of the loop and trim the excess wire.

7. Once all the triple clusters are completed and connected, attach a split ring to each end and add a clasp.

That's it. Now you have some lovely baubles to wear proudly on your arm.


Which to do prefer?  I really like how the ladylike pearls look next to the surprising bolt of neon color.  It's a little bit lady and a whole lot of fun!  

P.S. I'm planning some posts to show you how I've styled these beauties. Stay tuned!

62 comments:

  1. the neon one!!!!
    Thank you for sharing Erica!!
    Happy weekend, xxx Ale

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  2. This is so cute!! I need a crafty person in my life to make this for me!! :)

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  3. this is a cool d.i.y...i pry don't have the patience to do it but i am definitely appreciating the final product that you get to enjoy!

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  4. I'm usually not a fan of DIY jewellery, but this piece looks really good!

    http://www.tamarasblend.com/

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  5. Again, I love this DIY! You are so creative (as is your sister, apparently), and the photos are clean and crisp and capture everything so well.

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  6. These are great bracelets. Thanks for your always creative tutorial.

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  7. So cute! They look easy to make, thanks for sharing, Erica!

    Stephanie
    owlsinmyheart.blogspot.com

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  8. Lovely - I especially like the neon one.

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  9. Love these! I used to make jewelry, but I got burnt out. This might be a good project to start up again with!

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  10. These are so pretty. I love the pattern you made.

    Wren

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  11. So clever, and you make it look so easy!
    xo

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  12. that turned out really great!

    Jessica
    www.jumpintopuddles.com

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  13. These are really pretty, I esp love the pearly one!

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  14. girl, you can create anything, I tell ya!!! LOVE IT!

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  15. don't know how you keep making the most amazing crafts, but I love it! That neon bracelet stole my heart. This is my next project for sure!

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  16. great DIY and amazing blog! I really like your blog, very interesting, clear and nice, congratulations! xx

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  17. Awesome DIY post you have put together. I've really got into jewelery making this year too, great creative fun ay! I think these bracelets would actually look great worn together.

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  18. Wow-bravo! This looks like something out of Jcrew!

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  19. This is super impressive for your first jewelry attempt! I think you have it down already!! I love the neon yellow, such a bright, happy color.

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  20. Such a great DIY! I love the neon and I'm totally into working up my own jewelry lately. If you can't find exactly what you want (at the price you want), why not make it, right?!

    -Alyssa
    The Glossy Life

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  21. Love this DIY so much! Thanks for sharing! I just subscribed & can't wait to check out more of your posts!

    Margeaux
    margeauxknight.blogspot.com

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  22. Wow, I really like the neutral version. I feel like if I tried to do it, it wouldn't turn out the same though.

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  23. Great tutorial- I'd go neon all the way!

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  24. where are you finding neon green pearls?! they are awesome. i love it

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails // current giveaway

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  25. Oh my gosh, too cool. I love the neon... and both together would be just perfect. :)

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  26. Wow nicely done! I am ALL about color, so the neon is definitely my pick. I haven't made jewelry since I was a kid! I'll have to give it another go. :)
    Trish

    www.jellybonesblog.blogspot.com

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  27. OHHH!!!i love it!!!
    I going to try it!!
    Adriana R
    www.rtgrtw.com
    lookandfashion.hola.com/adrianartgrtw

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  28. That looks so cute and easy! I love all crafts and have yet to try jewelry making too! I should probably finish knitting my sweater first. :)

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  29. What a great DIY! I absolutely love that neon color, it's just so fun!

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  30. Such a cute DIY! Definitely need to try it out!

    xx
    Giovanna
    www.oliveandanarrow.com

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  31. How chic!

    Also, apologies for the inconsistent blog design. I think I'm happy with the one I have now. For now. HAHA!

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  32. wow..finally!:)...this is very informative:)....love the photos details so I can understand better on how to make one:)..you are super awesome:)

    EDGYMIX Bloglovin

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  33. Beautiful! I really want to try jewelry making! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  34. Oh my, I love this! You and your sister need to do more jewelry DIY's together! When are you opening your Etsy shop?!?! Looking forward to seeing how you style these!

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  35. So pretty, Erica!! The neon one is so fun. You should sell those :)

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  36. So cool! You make so many pretty things all the time.

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  37. Amazing blog :) I follow You now and I hope that you like my blog too! Have a great day ❤

    xx San
    owlspassion.blogspot.com

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  38. BeeeYEWtiful! I love this pattern, and your directions were very easy to follow. May try this on some earrings soon! My fav: pearls all the way :-). Sharing this on my Facebook page Erica.

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  39. Wow, darling...what an amazing project. Congrats! I am learning so much with your blog! xoxo

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  40. Ok, you seriously need to sell jewelry. You are so good at it!!! I have a necklace in yellow and red (i'm obsessed) and I want it in black also...but can't find it anywheeerreee. I need to send you a picture of it and see if you can make it!

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  41. You come up with the best DIYs!! I'm smitten with the neon version :-)

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  42. i looove the neon one! it reminds me of something j crew would try to sell to me for $60 haha. and gasp-horror- shock it's about time you gave us one of these posts ;)

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  43. I love it!! the neon ones look like little b.b. gun pellets!

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  44. love the neon one! i mean neon is so hot right now, ha! but seriously, thanks for sharing your secrets because I'm sure if those bracelets were sold in a jewel store, they would cost a pretty penny!

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  45. oh my goodness. every single time I read your blog I just find pure amazing-ness. Seriously, I love those two colors together. This looks pretty intense but you always make your tutorials super informative so it makes them look doable. Do you just blow up the pinterest boards? I am sure you do!

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  46. Looks awesome! Like a cute and cheap addition to Jcrew babble necklace! :)

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  47. Oh so pretty! Thanks for sharing this DIY. I love the neon ones. I hope you don't mind if I pin this on Pinterest.

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  48. So clever, you have such lovely ideas
    xx

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  49. Ahh! This is awesome - have to try this for myself. Thanks again for inspiring me!

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  50. I used to make some jewery all the time, even had classes, but then I got lazy.. hahaha I still have some pieces, others I gave to family & friends :)

    I still trying to find wooden letters in my town, can't believe that any shop I went didn't have it! :/

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  51. LOVE this DIY those bracelets are so stinking cute!

    xo SideSmile,
    Ashley

    SideSmile Style Blog

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  52. I really love this tutorial. I am going to try it for sure!

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  53. This is pretty.. I am thinking of doing a whole necklace in this pattern

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  54. Love the bracelet design! Going to run off and make one right now!!

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    1. YAY! Have fun with it, Kitra! I'd love to see how yours turns out. :)

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