Daily Wire Tip July 5: Large Hole Pearls for Wire Bracelets

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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
July 5, 2011

Question:

Dear Dale: Thank you for your clear teaching style; your directions are the best! I’ve been looking at the Pearl Link Bracelet video (one of the series of three) and I would really like to try it. Are the pearls called by another name? I don’t seem to find anything matching the description of the pearls you are using. I’ll keep looking, but a hint would really be helpful.

-Peggy in Mount Vernon, Washington

Answer:

You are very welcome Peggy, I teach on camera the same as I do in person. I am glad to hear that you find my instruction so clear!

The Pearl Link Bracelet was fun to come up with. Faculty member Mary Bailey and I were playing in my studio over Christmas break 2 years ago, she described what was in her mind’s eye and I reproduced it in wire. The pearls I used both then and now (in a lot of my designs) are actually custom-ordered by Wire-Sculpture! Between the mother-of-pearl disc links, I used 7x5mm Large Hole White Fresh Water Rice Pearls. Wire-Sculpture also carries the same size and shape large hole pearls in black, and both colors in a round shape, with large holes too! These pearls generally accommodate up to 18-gauge round wire (19-gauge square). Although I used mother-of-pearl disc beads, you can substitute about any disc-shaped bead you would like.

Here is a short video I made showing just how cool these pearls are!

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Of course, if you already have some pearls that you want to use, check out this video from Mary Bailey and Charley Key: How to Ream a Pearl.

Answer contributed by Dale "Cougar" Armstrong

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