How to Make a Two Strand Noodle Bead Bracelet with Austrian Crystal Imperial Stones

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Designer: Julie Bean
In this video learn how to make a double strand strung bracelet featuring Austrian crystal Imperial fancy stones, noodle beads, and Tinos par Puca 2-hole beads. The strands are then brought together and secured with magical crimps using the BeadSmith magical crimp forming tool. This results in a very sleek and finished looking bracelet. In the video you will also learn how to set the stones into their perfectly sized settings using a popsicle stick.

The brand name for the crystals shown in this video is no longer available. High quality Austrian crystals are now available under the PRESTIGE™ Crystal Components line.

Audio Transcript
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Hi, this is Julie with and it uses beautiful Swarovski crystal imperial stones some noodle beads some tea no spark Puka beads and just has a wonderful almost like an art deco feel to it and we finished it off with a magnetic clasp I want to really quickly just show you what it looks like on the wrist so very pretty very elegant as not hard to make so for your supplies you're going to need these Imperial stones now I'm doing a color variation here in this video so I'm going to be using army green and this is a delight fancy stone and this Imperial cut so really pretty almost shimmers blue in there as well I need three of those and three settings and you'll notice that these little settings have two holes on each side so I'm going to show you how to work with that we're gonna be using some noodle beads again we're gonna be using the Tino's part Puka beads which are these wonderful trapezoid beads and a little petite magnetic clasp and then magical crimps and we're gonna be using these along with the magical crimp forming tool and if you see what that's gonna look like it makes it almost like a little bead at the end so you don't have to cover your crimp with a crimp bead cover to still get a finished look and then we're gonna be using some beading wire and we're going to be using point zero one five and this is an 18 strand and it is a gold color because you do see it a little bit in this design especially near the magnetic clasp for the tools we have the magical crimp forming tool we have a pair of cutters couple bead Stoppers and a popsicle stick to set our Imperial stones and then I always just have a pair of chain nose handy I don't think we're gonna use them but it's always good to have them nearby when you're creating let's begin our project so we are gonna start by setting the imperial stones so this is not hard to do so you see that it does have that nice setting and what we can do is just put the stone right into the setting and then you can pinch it and you're going to take the popsicle stick to fold over the prongs so there's one and then we go to the opposite side so you go diagonal and this just helps it from slipping while you're setting it if you work across from each other there we go another one and I'm just really applying some pressure and pushing and rolling you don't have to be too strong to do this it's not like these are incredibly stiff there we go and then what I like to do is I like to go back over one more time and almost an essence roll that popsicle stick over it and what's nice is it is a soft wood so that you're not gonna have to worry about scratching or damaging your beautiful Swarovski crystal so there's one you're gonna see this happen two more times because we need a total of three of them and you see how that just sits in there so nice and I love the cut of these stones especially in this color this army green delight is so pretty all right - now the third now one quick note is you could go ahead and pre string these settings without the stone in it it would make it ever so slightly easier to see the holes I've tested this though and I think it's pretty easy to string this particular setting with the stone already in but if you've worked with other Swarovski settings that have the two holes sometimes it is easier to set them first in with your beading wire and then set the stone into it so to string them first and then set the stone into it but in this case I think we're going to be fine and I like to be able to really grip these as I'm working with my popsicle stick and so I find it a little bit easier to pre set the stones in this case and you can see this is going pretty fast and then just gonna go over it one more time so we don't have any pokies you wouldn't want them to catch on your sweater or snag anything cuz this is gonna go on your wrist okay we've got them all set now we're ready to string our bracelet together so we are gonna do a double strand here so we're gonna measure out oh I'd do a good 15 16 inches okay and before we begin I want to show you how you can make this bracelet bigger if you wanted it to be bigger so you see how on the front ones I just have that one T nose part polka on each side here's one but then I've done three back here so if you want to make this a wider bracelet you can add more back here to the design or you could add more Tino's part bukas here to the design that would be really pretty as well so you can really play with the size of this bracelet let's start by putting a bead stopper on our ends so three inches or so from your end go ahead and place a bead stopper and to do that you just take one of these little guys you pinch them it expands almost like an accordion and you just put your strands into it and now we're going to start by putting on one of these little magical crimps and we're gonna put it through both of our strands are gonna go right through it and then we're gonna slide it down and now we're gonna actually use two more of the magical crimps but we're just gonna use them as a regular old bead so that's a great little tip is these are beautiful little cylindric beads and they are crimps but you can just think of them as beads so you don't have to then purchase another bead to fill this little space okay now we're gonna do our first tinos and we're gonna go from the short end here not the long end put that on and what we do is we want to make sure that these are nice and are gonna line up evenly so I like to actually do it on my table so I'm looking at it okay and that guy can just slide on down and I want two more of these guys same orientation there's one to slide him down you're getting a real graphic design here by doing this right third one okay so we've got the three of them on there so this is what we have so far and I'm not too worried that this is not very tight at this point I'm gonna adjust this later so it's okay that these are doing that I might actually want to get myself a little bit more wiggle room so I'm gonna take a bead stopper and move it up just a little bit and that's just for my own ease later on okay now we're gonna string on our first imperial stone and you see it does have the two holes so I'm just gonna take my beading wire and feed it through and you see that one through very easily I do that with my other strand and it's just got that hole there and it goes right out the other side and go ahead and scooch that down and now we're gonna do another teenis but we're gonna go from the long side one two and I usually don't build bracelets like this where I put it down on my table but this one where you got the two strands and you've got two holes happening it is easier now we're gonna do our noodle beads and we want one on each strand and these will flip around on you don't worry about it too when I was making this I kept trying to straighten them thinking that there was something wrong with them but there really wasn't it's just they need to be flipped properly but there's only one way to put those noodles on there now we're gonna do another Tino so we're gonna go from that short end again okay another imperial stone another advantage to building it on your table versus holding it as you do keeps coming out of here is you do make sure that your imperial stones are facing up which is of course important okay now we're going to do another tea nose and we're going to go from the long side this time okay so this is what we've gotten if you were to look at this and see how that's coming together put it back down on your table we're gonna do two more noodle beads so there's a total of four noodle beads used in this project another Tino's this time again from the short side and then your last Imperial stone in its setting and see how that slipped out the bottom so you just wanna make sure it doesn't do that you know it needs to go through the hole sometimes it's almost like you're fishing in there okay now we need three more of the Tino's and all of them we're gonna go from there longside okay let me make sure this guy is right before I continue these little noodles flipped around on me and if you look at this unless I'm reading it wrong I think this guy got flipped as I was working so I do want to fix that right now cuz this is gonna curve like this this is gonna curve like that and he would be upside down okay let's take him off and put him back on okay so we've got that so far and now we're ready for it arty knows okay and now we're going to just do what we did on the other side where we are going to add a crimp for a bead it's just gonna be a pretty little gold element and what this does is it helps you taper down from the tinos pukka bead otherwise if you went directly from here to the crimp bead you'd see a lot of beading wire yeah now both strands together and they will go through a single one of these crimps sometimes you'll notice with crimp beads and all crimp beads tend to do this on occasion there might be a little bit of plating on the inside and if that's the case you just use another one but those ones that have a little bit of plating inside are sometimes wonderful for just little beads there we go all right we've strung our bracelet now we're ready to crimp and attach our clasp so before I do anything else I'm just going to use my bead stopper again just to make sure that everything is secure and that everything looks right so at this point you just want to double check so for me is it's gonna happy how is going to be worn and that looks good and you can check sizing at this point too that's why we love strong projects because you have a lot of options where you can correct any boo-boos or make adjustments as needed so we're gonna do one side first and so we're going to need our magical conforming tool as well as our cutters and one half of our clasp let's go ahead take this off and now what you want to do is you're going to line up your ends and put it through the little loop of your clasp when you're doing both strands and let that fall down there and this is why you have the bead stopper on the other end so when you're picking this up it doesn't fall off there you go so you pull it and on this one because you haven't set the other side yet you have a lot of wiggle room so what I like to do is I actually like to even pull it away from down here because there's no need to wrestle with that stuff right now because you'll set it on the on the other side you'll make it all nice and tight but for here you just want a nice loop if you can see that and you want it to be big enough that this can move freely you don't want it so stiff so now that we've got that in there I'm going to show you how to use the magical conforming tool this looks different than a regular crimper you're used to multiple notches one that's crescent-shaped and one that's mu that's oval-shaped in this one you just have one notch and it's basically like a little dot a little circle and you're going to carefully put your crimp in there and this is key you want to make sure that the crimp is not sticking out either side you just really want it centered in there and then you squeeze and then what you're going to do is you're going to rotate it so you're gonna keep it in that little hole I try to move my hand so you can see this a little bit better again make sure it is in the middle of the plier that is not sticking out at all and squeeze again and we're just gonna keep doing that we're gonna rotate it ever so slightly and squeeze and then pull it out and then again make sure it's nice and in the middle and squeeze and what you're slowly doing is you're forming a little bead and there's just a matter of being a little bit patient with it and just rotating it and doing it several times over and there you can see what we've got so now it's nice and rounded you could give it a little tug it's gonna be very secure and if you want to you can go back do the same thing you've been doing and just keep squeezing it but it is a really nice finished looking a little bead down there and I'm gonna actually trim off my tails right where it exits the bead there we go and then I'm gonna go do the exact same thing on the other side I'm just gonna scoot this all up and the only thing you need to do differently this time is keep scooting you want it to be nice and tight you don't want any big gaps of beading wire I'm gonna do that it's the same exact technique and then I'll show you the finished piece so now you can see what the finished piece looks like so I think it's really pretty in the gold and the blue and there's a lot of color combinations you can do you can go to and look at the selection of the imperial stones and the tneows / cucas and even do it in the silver which would be really pretty too I'll show you then the black and crystal golden shadow combo so a fun project really quite easy to do and it looks very elegant I hope you enjoyed this video tutorial 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