You've reached lesson 5 in a tutorial with instructions for how to make a sterling silver wire-wrapped bracelet.
Natural looking beads like abalone shell, turquoise and red coral make beautiful jewelry even when the design is very simple.
Semiprecious gemstone beads come in a wide variety. Interesting matrix patterns can be found in stones such as picture jasper, ocean jasper, and carnelian. Semi-precious gemstones such as lapis lazuli, amethyst, peridot, black onyx and garnet look stunning next to precious metals like sterling silver and gold.
If you don't have beads in stock and don't know where to buy beads, you may be surprised to learn you can buy beads online. I'll be posting details about the best ways to buy beads online, with recommendations for what beads to buy and how to choose quality beads when you don't have them right in front of you.
The "bar-and-ring" toggle clasp can be fastened one-handed and so is ideal for bracelets. Get a large toggle clasp if you're fumble-fingered so it will be easy to put on. A toggle clasp is also suitable for necklaces and anklets.
All right! The first hurdle is done! You've gotten your jewelry supplies together. Now it's time to start jewelry designing and practicing.
Next in the tutorial, learn tips for designing your sterling silver wire-wrapped bracelet.
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