On rainy summer days, I love to read or bead. I was inspired to make these 5-strand glass crystal bead bracelets when I saw a woman (who was sitting next to me in the salon) wearing a similar bracelet. I was trying so hard not to stare, but her bracelet was so gorgeous I couldn’t keep my eyes off it. I tried to count how many strands she had on her bracelet, it was either 7 or 9, but I couldn’t find a clasp at the local beading store larger than 5 and I decided that it would work well anyway. I wanted to copy the one she was wearing, so I selected black beads and a gunmetal clasp. While shopping, I also fell in love with a lapis blue color bead and knew that gold accents would be best (I was channeling Cleopatra). With a few simple tools and beads, I made both these bracelets in about an hour! The image directly below is the blue bracelet with the gold clasp that I embellished with beads on top of the clasp so that it would look beautiful even if it spins around on my wrist.