Creating a Murano Glass Charm Bracelet in Five Easy Steps

By: Barocio Feirer

The popularity of charm bead bracelets allows the wearer to choose her own look, almost like wearing a work of art around her wrist. Some of the most treasured of these tiny works of art are Murano glass beads.
Artisans have been creating fine Venetian art glass in Murano, Italy since 1291. Noted for its intricate designs and Millifiori style, Murano glass has a distinctive look that is recognised around the world.
Murano glass beads can add colour and pizzazz to the look of any charm bracelet you create. The choice of colours and designs gives you almost endless possibilities, from pastels to bright bolds.
Let's look at how easy it is to create your own Murano Glass charm bracelet, in five easy steps.
1) Choosing a bracelet base.

Unlike older style charm bracelets, where charms were attached to individual links of a bracelet chain, Murano glass beads slip over a flexible, woven, "snake" style chain.

Essentially, the only differences to choose between are a standard lobster clasp, which may include a design clasp, or an "open ended" bracelet, which requires the choice of a locker clasp, of your choosing.

When your bracelet is completed, the locker clasp will just look like another bead in your design.

2) Choosing your beads.

When using Murano glass beads as the focus of your design, you may also set them off by including some silver or enamelled beads, as well.

To maintain a consistent theme for your bracelet, try and choose Murano glass beads within the same colour family. Adding one or two enamelled beads with bits of a contrasting colour can add a nice accent, if you like.

3) Choosing your spacers
Spacers are narrower silver beads that separate your Murano glass beads around your bracelet. These can be used as often as you like, and may even help reduce your overall cost, as they are less expensive.
4) Choosing your charms

We suppose a bracelet might require one or two charms to technically be called a "charm bracelet," but that decision is totally up to you. There are basically two types of charm styles to choose from.

? Amore and Baci silver charms come attached to spacer style beads, and slip on to your bracelet anywhere you like.

? Chrysalis Charms can be either hung from a traditional link charm bracelet, by clip style clasps, or used along with special charm spacers, which slip on to your bracelet like a standard spacer, but have a loop attached to hold the charms.

5) Keeping your Murano glass beads secure

If you have been shopping for Murano glass beads for a while, you know they are not inexpensive. They really are little works of art, and security steps need to be taken to keep them safe.and on your wrist.

A security chain is a wise choice to add to your bracelet. It allows you to remove your bracelet without risking any beads from falling off.

Stopper clips can also be added, anywhere in your bracelet, to keep you beads from moving around.
A Murano glass bead charm bracelet can be a work in progress, built lovingly over time. As it grows, you can carry art with you wherever you go.

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Jewellery making is an increasingly popular pastime among people of all age groups. This article discusses how to make a Murano Glass charm in five easy and simple steps.

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