Inspired by the rock collection I have saved from my 10 year old son, these bracelets are unique but simple in their construction. I found the double drilled rocks by Stone Me pair up beautifully with patina-ted chain, blending the rustic textures from both in subtle tones.
1 – 4″ Section of open link patina-ted chain in your choice of color (shown; violet large link)
1 – 1″ Hammered copper clasp with jump rings
1 – Double drilled stone from Stone Me
2 – 15 x 13 czech glass Picasso beads in violet
2 – 8mm 16 gauge antiqued copper jump rings
6 to 8″ 22 gauge antiqued copper wire
copper head pin
Bead board or ruler
round nose pliers
chain nose pliers with masking tape on the tips to help protect your patina chain
1.) Center the double drilled stone at 3″ on a bead board. Open each of the 8mm antiqued copper jump rings and insert one into each side of the double drilled stone. Leave them open for the next step.
2.) Cut the 6″ piece of antiqued copper wire in half and use the 2 – 3″ pieces to wire wrap loops on both sides of the Picasso czech glass, so each of the 2 beads are now a connectors. Insert one end of the beads loops into the open jump rings you assembled the stone to in the first step. Close the jump rings with the stone focal and the bead connectors inside the jump so the seam is tight.
3.) Measure the patina-ted chain and find the middle link. Open the middle link and separate the 2 halves of the patina chain, set the open link aside.
4.) Open the end link on each piece of patina chain and insert that open link into the wire-wrapped loop of the connecting beads, close the link securely so the wire-wrapped loop does not come out. You should now have 6″ bracelet ready for a clasp.
5.) To finish your rock collecting bracelet, open the jump rings on your clasp and close them over the last link of your patina chain on each side of the bracelet. Add the last link to one side of the clasps jump rings and dangle a wire-wrapped bead off of it as an added charm.
You can adjust the size of this bracelet easily during construction by adding wire-wrapped beads or taking away links to make it smaller. The potential variation this style has is seemingly endless so have fun creating yours!
Much Love & respect,