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Photo Tutorial Captive Pearl Wavy Bracelet

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-Sarah Austin

Captive Pearl Wavy Bracelet

Take this easy weave and turn it into a solid chunky bracelet.

Make a matching necklace. For instructions, click here.



For a 20cm bracelet, you will need:
  • 144 large silver anodised aluminium saw cut jump rings, ID 6.7mm, WD 1.2mm - A
  • 24 silver anodised aluminium saw cut jump rings, ID 5mm, WD 1.2mm - B
  • 12 silver anodised aluminium saw cut jump rings, ID 4.2mm, WD 0.81mm - C
  • 108 small silver anodised aluminium saw cut jump rings, ID 3.6mm, WD 0.81mm - D
  • 4 silver anodised aluminium saw cut jump rings, ID 4.2mm, WD 1.2mm - E - clasp rings
  • 36 aqua marine Czech glass round pearls - 6mm
  • silver plated jubilee heart Tierracast toggle - 14x17mm
  • two pairs of smooth jawed chain nose, flat nose, or bent nose pliers


Each wave is made up of three captured beads attached to one pair of central rings (B).
  1. Link two closed large rings (A) and two closed rings (B) with two large rings (A). The four large rings (A) are the rings used to capture the bead. The two rings (B) will be the central rings of the finished component.

  2. Before you begin capturing the beads, it is worth opening some small rings (D) so that they are available to hold the captured bead in place.

    Open out the two pairs of large rings (A) between your thumb and forefinger and insert one bead (left hand picture).

    Trap the bead by joining the last pair of large rings with one small ring (D) - (centre and right hand picture).

  3. Link two pairs of rings (A) to the central rings (B) - (left hand picture).

    Repeat step 2 to capture a second bead (centre picture).

    Link the two small rings (D), which are trapping the beads, with two small rings (D) - (right hand picture). Add a second small ring (D) to the last captive bead cage added.

  4. Repeat step 3 to add a third bead to the central rings (B). Do not add a second small ring (D).

  5. You will now create the next wave by adding a new pair of central rings (B) onto which you will link three captured beads.

    Using one ring (C), link two rings (B) to the last captive bead cage added (left hand picture).

    Link two pairs of large rings (A) to the central rings (B) just added. (central picture).

    Use one small ring (D) to trap the bead and link this cage to the previous pair of central rings (B) - (right hand picture).

  6. Repeat steps 3-4 to complete the wave with three captured beads.

  7. Repeat step 5-6 until the captured beads are the desired bracelet length.

  8. Using one ring (E), attach the toggle ring to the last bead cage at one end.

    At the other end of the bracelet, link three rings (E) in a 1-in-1 chain and attach the toggle tail.


  • The darker or bright pearl colours have the most impact, for instance, black, red, hot pink.
  • For a striking effect use white pearls with gold or black ice rings.
  • Use different shades of the same colour for a graduated look.

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