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Heishi Bead Bracelet and Earrings

Iron Craft ‘13 Challenge #5 - Green or “Green”

 Heishi Bead Bracelet with River Shell and Amazonite Beads

Time for another installment of Iron Craft Challenge. This challenge was green in the literal sense, or green in the environmental sense.

I chose green in the literal sense--in the form of a bracelet and earrings. I had already been inspired by a bracelet on a beading site and wanted to do it with some green beads, and then the challenge was announced. It was meant to be!

Heishi Bead Bracelet and Earrings with River Shell and Amazonite Beads

This is a memory wire bracelet with white Heishi (shell) beads, dark green river shell beads, and light green Amazonite beads. There are also silver corrugated spacer beads thrown in for some of the shiny factor, which I love--the ridges in these beads really catch the light. I had some of the beads left over so I made a matching pair of earrings.

The Heishi beads just said “beach and summer” to me, so I had to add two sweet little silver sea turtle charms--one at each end of the bracelet.

Heishi Bead Bracelet with River Shell and Amazonite Beads

All you need to make this is:


  • Memory Wire (Large bracelet size)
  • White Heishi Beads, 8mm (2 strands) ("Traditions" from Hobby Lobby)
  • Dark Green Round Amazonite Beads, 8mm (1 strand) ("Traditions" from Hobby Lobby)
  • Light Green Round River Shell Beads, 7-8mm (1 strand) ("Bead Gallery" from Michael's)
  • Corrugated Silver Spacer Beads, 6mm (45 pce bag, but you wont' need that many) ("the Jewelry Shoppe from Hobby Lobby)
  • Two Sea Turtle charms, found at Hobby Lobby


Start by cutting about 4 1/2 turns from the memory wire using memory wire cutters. Using round nose pliers, take one end of the wire and turn a loop to seal the end and keep the beads on.

Start stringing your beads on the open end of the wire in any pattern/bead count that you like, and push them all the way down to the sealed end. Keep going till you've filled up the entire bracelet. Carefully hold the open end so you don't lose the beads, and using round nose pliers, turn a loop on the open end so you seal the beads on to the wire. 

Attach the turtle charms on each end by opening the jump rings already attached to the charms. That's it, you're done! 

To make earrings, you need a few extra beads, earring hooks, and two head pins. String the beads on the head pin, turn a loop at the top using round nose pliers, and attach the head pin with beads on it to the earring hook. Repeat for the next one. 

I’m really enjoying the Iron Craft challenges so far, and at every reveal day I find myself very eager to find out what the next one is! I hope you’re all following along at the Iron Craft Flickr Group to see what everyone’s up to.

You can find this jewelry set for sale in my shop. Click on the photo below and you'll be taken right to it.

Heishi Bead Bracelet with River Shell and Amazonite Beads

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I bet that set looks wonderful on.

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