I was going through my jewelry drawer and discovered that my black agate bead bracelet was broken. All of the beads fell off the elastic cord.

I loved wearing this bracelet because I could easily slip it on and go out. I was really upset about this, but I was determined to fix the bracelet.

I was just going to restring it on elastic cord, but I wanted to design something a little more elegant. I had some rolo chain and some scrap pieces of curb chain, so I decided to put them together to make a multi-strand agate bead bracelet.

bracelet unfastened

You could use any combination of small beads and chain to make something similar. The project only takes a few hours to complete, so give it a try.

Here are the instructions.

Agate Bead Bracelet

Materials

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4” antique gold rolo chain

4” gold-toned curb chain

4mm agate beads

2mm gold toned beads (or similar beads to act as spacer beads)

4” of beading wire (I used 7 strand beading wire, but 19 or 49 strand beading wire would be better for flexibility)

10 5mm gold-toned jump rings

6 7mm gold-toned jump rings

4 gold-toned crimp beads

2 gold-toned wire guardians

1 gold-toned spring clasp

Tools

1 pair of flat nose pliers

1 pair of chain nose pliers

1 pair of bent nose pliers

1 pair of wire cutters

Instructions

Make the agate strand

String a crimp bead, an agate bead, and a wire guardian. Bring the end of the wire through the other side of the wire guardian, the agate bead and the crimp bead in that order.

Take the chain nose pliers and slightly tighten the end of the wire. Squeeze the crimp bead with the chain nose pliers. Trim the excess wire.

String the rest of the beading wire in this order: agate bead, spacer bead, agate bead, spacer bead, etc., until there is approximately 2” of wire remaining.

String a crimp bead, another agate bead, and a wire guardian. Bring the end of the wire through the other side of the wire guardian, the agate bead and the crimp bead in that order.

Slightly tighten the end of the wire with the chain nose pliers. Squeeze the crimp bead. Trim the excess wire. Slide the agate bead below the crimp bead over the excess wire.

String a crimp bead, another agate bead, and a wire guardian. Bring the end of the wire through the other side of the wire guardian, the agate bead and the crimp bead in that order.

Slightly tighten the end of the wire with the chain nose pliers. Squeeze the crimp bead. Trim the excess wire. Slide the agate bead below the crimp bead over the excess wire.

Open two jump rings. Attach a jump ring to each side of the agate strand. Close the jump rings. Put the strand aside.

Prepare the chain links

Open two 5mm jump rings. Attach a jump ring to each side of the curb chain. Close the jump rings.

Open two 7mm jump rings and attach to each end of the rolo chain. Close the jump rings.

Finish the bracelet

Open two 7mm jump rings. Attach one end of each chain and the agate strand to one jump ring. Close the jump ring. Wrap the strands around each other in a slightly twisted pattern. Attach the other jump ring to the end of the twisted strands. Close the jump ring.

Attach the following to one end of the bracelet: a 7mm jump ring, three 5 mm jump rings, and the spring clasp.

Finish the bracelet by attaching the following to the other end of the bracelet in this order: a 7mm jump ring and three 5mm jump rings.

Test the clasp to make certain that it closes over the jump ring. If everything works, then your bracelet is finished and ready to wear.

Here is a close up picture of the agate bead bracelet worn by me:

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I love how the agate beads complement the gold tones of the chain. It is something that I can wear from day to evening with just about anything business casual or slightly more formal.

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Spinster Simone 🙂

 

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