Free Bracelet Design: Holiday Resin Jewelry Project Including Iced Enamels, Swarovski Crystals and Metal
The holidays are almost here! That means it’s time to get beading and making festive designs to wear to special events and designs to offer as gifts. To kick things off, the Spooky to Sparkly Holiday Beading Bundle brings a collection of holiday inspired designs to you, conveniently all in one place. The bundle includes beaded necklace designs, beaded earring designs, and a bracelet design or three! The jewelry-making projects range from polymer clay sugar skulls to holiday beaded ornaments, with a whole lot of beading in between.
Recently, I kicked off my holiday gift planning and want to share my first holiday inspired bracelet design with you. The colors in this bracelet are inspired by the Swarovski crystals Artemis bead (article 5540) in olivine and the lucerna bead (article 5030) in Siam. Once I picked out the crystals, I think I put the most time into experimenting, finding the right materials to create complementary colors for transforming the charms so they matched the Swarovski crystals. The whole process, from start to finish, was fun and I’m happy to share the process with you.
Holiday Bracelet Design
- (1) 17mm artemis bead, olivine
- (10) 8mm Lucerna bead, Siam
- (10) spacer beads that fit on the headpin
- (3) washer blanks, 1” with ½” diameter
- (6) washer blanks, ¾” with ½” diameter
- (1) metal blank, star shaped, approximately 1 ½” long
- (1) metal bezel frame, square
- (3) bezels charms
- (1) toggle clasp
- (1) clasp
- (10) headpins
- (21) jumprings
- (9”) large link chain
- Two-part epoxy resin
- Ice Resin Tint, Beryl
- Iced Enamels, Relique Powder: German silver, chartreuse, garnet
- Iced Enamels medium
- 1.25mm hole punch for metal
- Metal letter stamps
- Rawhide or other suitable hammer
- Steel bench block
- Rubber block or sand bag to help soften the hammering
- Round-nose pliers
- Flat-nose pliers
- Bent chain-nose pliers
- Wire cutters
- Mixing cup and stir stick
- Heat gun
- Heatproof work surface
- Non-stick work surface
- Toothpick or fine-tipped awl
- Rubbing alcohol or alcohol wipes for clean up
- Paper towels or cloths for clean up
Tip: It’s a good idea to first create the components that need time to cure, but you can do these steps in any order that work for you.
Creating the Holiday Charms
Step 1. If not already part of the smaller washers, use a hole punch to place a hole for hanging the washer onto the chain, later.
Paint a layer of Iced Enamel medium onto a washer. Sprinkle the Iced Enamel powder onto the blank then gently shake off the excess. Return the excess to the container. Set the washer onto a heatproof surface and apply heat from a preheated (craft) heat gun. Heating the enamels will go quickly, watch for the bubbling. Let cool.
Repeat to create all the Iced Enamel components for your design. You can do one side or both. This image shows one washer with a layer before heating, one heated and cooled, one with the second side done in a different color.
Step 2. Prepare a batch of resin per manufacturer’s instructions. Apply a topcoat of resin to cover the Iced Enamel finish.
Step 3. Add a drop or two of tint to the remaining resin mixture; blend. Add more tint if needed to achieve the color saturation you like. Drip some into a bezel; allow the resin to cure.
Note: These are tints so the color will not reach opaque, but if you’re working with a background color or metal you’d like to see through the resin, keep that in mind when adding more tint to the mix.
Putting the Bracelet Design Together
Step 4. Establish the length of chain you need for your bracelet, then use jumprings to connect one half of the clasp to each end. Reserve about a 2” length of chain to add to the toggle ring, later.
Step 5. Set up your steel bench and rubber blocks. Place a 1” washer onto the bench block. Position the first stamp onto the blank then strike the end of the punch, impressing the letter into the blank.
Repeat to create the words and phrases for your design.
Step 6. Use a hole punch to add a stringing hole to the washers (if needed). Use jumprings to hang the washers from the chain, spacing them apart equally.
Step 7. Use jumprings to hang the Iced Enamel components from the chain.
Step 8. Use jumprings to hang the bezels from the chain.
Bring on the Bling!
Step 9. Thread a lucerna bead onto a headpin. Top with a spacer bead for a nice finish. Begin a wrapped loop. Open the formed loop slightly then add to the chain. Secure the loop then finish the wrapped loop, trimming the excess wire and tucking in the end for a neat finish.
Repeat to add all lucerna beads in your design.
Step 10. Thread a lucerna bead onto a headpin then add an Artemis bead and a spacer to top off the “tree.” Wrap the headpin into a wrapped loop and connecting to the last link of a chain before finishing the wrap.
Repeat adding Swarovski drops to the chain. Open a link on the chain or use a jumpring to connect the chain to the toggle ring to finish the bracelet design.
This bracelet design can be recreated with so many different color options thanks to the wide range of beads available to us. Have fun experimenting and designing your own variations with the charms and beads that inspire you. Then please share your ideas, tips, and holiday bracelet design with us at BeadingDaily.com.
Yours in creativity,