Please accept my apologies, I know that this will be teaching some of you to suck eggs, you are such talented crafsters, and I don't want to patronise you, but I thought I would put this on here for those that have never made a 'noisy'/chram bracelet before - this is only my second, but I thought I would share what I have learnt - and I must give thanks to my sister and my mother for sharing their knowledge with me.
I like to get everything together in a project "bag" so that you can make sure everything is together and you have everything at the start so that you aren't left short in the middle - learnt this through experience (c:
Right here we go...
1 - get the chain ready - I approximate 20cm for a woman with an extra 3 cm included for the extra chain on the end - when I made bracelets for my nieces I have guessed about 12cm for a toddler. Although most womens wrists are not as big as this when there are lots of beads on the bracelet it is good to have it that length. Then count the numbers of links WITHOUT including the extra bit of chain for the end. On the chain I use there are about 47 links, link 1 is the for the jumpring and clasp, link 2 is empty, links 3 to 39 are for the bead/charms, and the last 8 links for the safety chain. I also at this point get the clasp and jump ring out so that this is ready to be attached and with the projecthttp://photo.tickle.com/image/38/0/1/RL/38014186RL533499000.jpg
2 - obvious step - pick your beads/charms to go on the bracelet - don't forget the stop bead for the end of the chain
3 - decide on the order, I always do this first to make sure that all the beads will look good together before I attach any wire or jump rings to them.
4 - take a picture if you are not going to assemble the bracelet straight away - just in case the order gets muddled, or indeed if you are leaving it for a while. I tend to take a picture then bag up the beads/charms to make sure that they don't get muddled with anything else. Of course this of course depends on whether there is a digital camera - I'm lucky
5 - get the findings for the beads/charms ready - I use headpins with an extra seed bead, and jump rings for those which have a loop already - most charms do.
6 - attach the findings to the beads,
with a headpin there is the seed beed on the headpin and then the major bead, http://photo.tickle.com/image/38/0/1/RL/38014211RL625470650.jpg
once the wire is through the top, I make a right angle with it, http://photo.tickle.com/image/38/0/1/RL/38014792RL156591940.jpg
and then if I need to, I cut off the excess leaving about 1cm, I then twist this into a loop - the size of the loop will depend on how far down the pliers you place the wire - place the tip of the wire in the round nose pliers, http://photo.tickle.com/image/38/0/1/RL/38014879RL030588737.jpg
and twist your hand and the pliers round until you have a loop - there may be a need for you to take the pliers out and place them again depending on you suppleness (c: If the loop isn't straight then you can use straight nose pliers to remedy thishttp://photo.tickle.com/image/38/0/1/RL/38014867RL145765907.jpghttp://photo.tickle.com/image/38/0/1/RL/38015518RL643060949.jpg
make sure that you do not fully close the fastenings so that these can be attached to the chain
With the jump rings - twist them apart rather than expanding them - this makes they keep their shape and it is not distorted, I use two pairs of pliers to do this.http://photo.tickle.com/image/38/0/1/RL/38015511RL984909408.jpghttp://photo.tickle.com/image/38/0/1/RL/38015584RL685864693.jpg
The next "problem" I had was the droplet beads - my husband came up with a brilliant idea - the droplets had a hole drilled horizontally, which was different to the other beads - I suppose that they are ready to be strung on wire, also all the jump rings I had were the wrong size - so with the excess which was created earlier, he fashioned some triangular rings with a pair of round pliershttp://photo.tickle.com/image/38/0/4/RL/38043191RL091731404.jpg
with this type of fastening I had to attach the droplets to the fastening and to the chain at the same time http://photo.tickle.com/image/38/0/1/RL/38017036RL124188590.jpg
I simply hooked the fastening on the chain, attached the droplet and squeezed the fastening closed with my fingers,http://photo.tickle.com/image/38/0/1/RL/38017037RL395958781.jpg
this means that the ends of the fastening are in the hole in the bead and not visiblehttp://photo.tickle.com/image/38/0/1/RL/38017043RL444306996.jpg
7 - attach the beads/charms to the chain with their respective fastenings,http://photo.tickle.com/image/38/0/1/RL/38018836RL979918273.jpg
I found that in order for the charms to stay on the jump rings in the preparation phase I had to close them more than I wanted to, so they needed re-opening in order to be attached to the chain with two pairs of pliers,
hook the headpins onto the chain, and with round nose pliers close the loop fully so that it stays on the chainhttp://photo.tickle.com/image/38/0/1/RL/38018892RL621980081.jpg
This has turned out to be more of a narrative of how I did the bracelet rather than a tutorial, but nevertheless I hope that somebody finds it useful....
Please, I would really love to see what others have done and comments on how I did this and where I could improve...