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Paua Shell Oval Bead Bracelet

Paua Shell Oval Bead Bracelet

A pretty bracelet design using our stunning paua shell flat oval beads. Each bead is unique, making it a one of a kind design.

This tutorial can be customised to create a bracelet, necklace or choker to create a beautiful result and is a great way to practice wire-work.


1. Begin by cutting your chosen chain in half using side cutters. Ensure that the chain is cut exactly at the halfway point from the chain’s clasp. The bead and wire loop section is approximately 3.5cm so add this into your finished bracelet length when working out your final measurement, as you may need to cut away extra from each side of the chain. 

2. Next, use your round nose pliers to carefully bend the end of the 0.8 wire to form a loop.

3. Thread your bead onto the wire.

4. Use your round nose pliers to create another loop at the other end of the wire. 

5. Use your side cutters to snip off any excess wire.

6. Using snipe or flat nose pliers, twist open a jump ring and attach to one side of the chain and the wire loop at the end of the bead. Twist closed the jump ring.

7. Repeat on the other side.

Your bracelet is now complete


Round nose pliers

Side cutters

Snipe nose pliers or flat nose pliers

You may like to get our pack of pliers & side cutters which is an economical way of buying all the pliers you will need for every project!


Make the design your own by using other supplies.

Shop Oval Beads

Shop chain


How to wire wrap a bead


'The Encyclopedia Of Wire Jewellery Techniques' - Sara Withers

Kernowcraft's jewellery making kits are aimed to inspire you - therefore the step by step instructions are available online only with a shopping list, where you can easily customise the design to suit you. We recommend printing or bookmarking this page ready to follow.

The suggested products used in this project are suggestions to inspire you. Products used were compatible at the time of making but do be aware that gemstones are natural and hand cut stocks can vary, so do use your own common sense as to the compatibility of each item when making.

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