Bracelets can be enjoyable and simple to make. They can be made by people of all ages, including children. This article will demonstrate how to make basic bracelets out of elastic and beads. It will also demonstrate how to make a more complex bracelet out of wire, crimp beads, and clasps.
1. If you are a beginner, consider using elastic. These kinds of bracelets are entertaining and simple to make. Simply thread the beads onto the cord and tie a knot. There is no need for a clasp. Click here to learn how to make a stretchy beaded bracelet. Beading elastic can be purchased in a bead shop or in the beading section of an arts and crafts store.
- Clear elastic thread is available in a variety of thicknesses. Thicker elastic is more durable, making it suitable for large beads. Thinner elastic looks more delicate when paired with smaller beads.
- Elastic cords are covered with a thread or fabric. They are thick by beading standards and are typically black and white.
2. If you are more advanced, try using wire. Beading wire, unlike elastic, cannot be tied and must be used with crimps and clasps. Crimps help to keep the bracelet together. Make sure to use flexible beading wire. The wire used for wire wrapping is too stiff and thick to be used for beading. Click here to learn how to make a beaded bracelet with a clasp.
Consider making a spiral bracelet out of memory wire.
3. Understand that some beads work better with specific types of string. On thin, delicate elastic, smaller beads will work well. Larger beads, on the other hand, will require something heavier, such as a thicker elastic or wire. If you are using bulky beads, you will also need to add extra length to your bracelet. These beads close the gap between the bracelet and your wrist, making the bracelet fit more snugly.
4. Select your beads. There are numerous types of beads. Each material has a distinct appearance, and some types of beads are better suited to certain projects than others. The following are the most common beads found in a bead shop or an arts and crafts store:
- Plastic beads are the most affordable and come in a variety of shapes and colors. They are ideal for arts and crafts for children. Use a brightly colored elastic cord and plastic pony beads to make a fun, kid-friendly bracelet. You could also use alphabet beads to allow the children to spell their names on the bracelet.
- Glass beads are lovely and come in a variety of colors. They captured light well and were reasonably priced. The majority of glass beads will be translucent, with some having designs.
- Glass beads are less expensive than semi-precious stones. They are also typically heavier. No two beads are alike because they are made from natural materials.
- Beads made of natural materials such as shell, wood, ivory, and coral are also available. These are usually expensive and one-of-a-kind; no two beads are alike.
5. Make a design before threading the beads onto the elastic or wire. When purchasing beads, you may discover that they have already been strung for you. This is just another way of packaging them and does not indicate a final design. Simply cut the beads from their string and re-arrange them on your desk or bead tray in a new pattern. Here are some design ideas:
- Place the largest beads in the center and the smallest beads near the clasps.
- Alternate large and small beads as spacers.
- Use a warm color scheme (red, orange, yellow) or a cool color scheme (green, blue, and purple).
- Choose a group of beads that are all the same color but vary in size and shade. You could, for example, use light blue, medium blue, and dark blue beads.
6. Consider purchasing a bead tray. They can be found in bead stores or the beading section of an arts and crafts store. They are usually gray and have a velvety texture. They have measurements in necklace-shaped groves. This allows beaders to lay out their pattern and visualize how their necklace or bracelet will look before attaching the beads to the string.
Making a Stretchy Bracelet
1. Gather your materials. Stretchy bracelets are the most straightforward to make and require the fewest tools. A simple, child-friendly version can be made with elastic cord and plastic pony beads. You can also make a delicate version with clear elastic and glass beads. The following is a list of what you will require:
- Elastic or cord for beading
- Binder clip or tape
- The superglue
2. Cut the elastic a little longer after measuring your wrist. Wrap the beading elastic around your wrist one and a half times. Cut it with a sharp pair of scissors. You’re making it a little bigger so you can knot it later.
3. Extend the elastic. Hold the elastic between your fingers and gently stretch it. This will keep the elastic from stretching out and creating gaps later on.
4. Fold some tape over one of the elastic ends. This will keep the beads from falling off as you work. Use a binder clip instead of tape if you don’t have any or if the tape won’t stick.
5. Attach the beads to the elastic. You don’t need a needle for this because most elastic is stiff enough that you can just slip the bead onto the string. Slip the beads on while holding the elastic close to the end.
Put on the bead with the largest hole first. When you’ve finished the bracelet, slide the knot under that bead to hide it.
6. Continue adding beads until you reach the desired length. Wrap the bracelet around your wrist every now and then. The first and last beads of the bracelet should be touching, and the bracelet should be slightly loose. It should not be able to wrap around your wrist. More beads will be required if there are any gaps or cord.
7. Remove the tape or clip and tie a square or surgeon knot. Begin by folding the elastic ends over and under each other, as if tying a pair of shoes. Tie another similar knot but don’t tighten it yet; you’ll have something that resembles a ring. Wrap one of the tail ends around one of the circle’s sides. Do the same for the opposing side. You can now tighten the knot.
8. Make an attempt to slide the knot under one of the adjacent beads. This will determine how the bracelet is finished. Make sure you have a bottle of super glue on hand.
- Trim the extra string and place a drop of glue over the knot if you can slide the knot under one of the beads. Slip the knot beneath the bead.
- If the knot won’t fit under one of the beads, tuck the tail ends inside instead. To seal the knot, dab a drop of glue on top of it.
9. Allow the glue to dry before putting on your bracelet. If you put the bracelet on too quickly, the knot will loosen and the glue will crack. Most glues dry in about 15 minutes and cure in 24 hours; check the label for more precise drying times.
Making a Clasped Bracelet
1. Gather your materials. Clasped bracelets are a step up from stretchy bracelets. To complete one, you will need additional tools and supplies. The following is a list of what you will require:
- Wire for beading
- Hook and clasp
- 2 beads with crimps
- two seed beads
- Cutters for wire
- Pliers with a needle nose
- Binder clip or tape
2. Take a measuring tape to your wrist and add 5 to 6 inches (12.7 to 15.24 centimeters). You’re lengthening the bracelet so you can finish it. You also want the bracelet to be a little loose, otherwise it will be uncomfortable. Finally, you’re adding length because some beads are bulkier than others.
3. Cut some beading wire to that length with wire cutters. You should use a flexible, soft wire. Do not use the stiff kind intended for wire wrapping. Beading wire can be found in a bead shop or in the beading section of an arts and crafts store. It is typically packaged on a flat, disk-shaped spool.
4. Wrap some tape around one of the wire’s ends. You’re doing this so you don’t lose any beads as you string them on. If you don’t have any tape, a binder clip will suffice.
5. Consider using a beading tray to lay out your design. If you don’t have a beading tray, place your pattern on a table near the measuring tape. This will help you figure out how many beads you’ll need for your design. You do not need to do this if you are creating a simple design (such as two different colors) or a random design.
6. Attach the beads to the wire. Begin threading the beads onto the wire once you’ve decided on a pattern. This does not require the use of a needle. Simply hold the wire near the end and begin threading the beads on. Measure against your wrist on a regular basis; large beads will add bulk, so you may need to make the bracelet longer to fit.
7. Finish with a crimp bead, a lard seed bead, and one piece of the clasp. Once all of the beads are on the wire, add a crimp bead, a seed bead, and finally a clasp. It makes no difference which part of the clasp you attach first.
You can use any type of clasp you want. Although a spring or lobster-claw clasp is the most traditional, a magnetic clasp may make the bracelet easier to put on and take off.
8. Make a loop by threading the wire back through the seed bead and crimp. The clasp should be dangling from the loop’s top.
9. Slide the crimp and seed bead gently towards the clasp. You want them to be snug, but loose enough to allow the clasp to wiggle. Leave about an inch (2.54 centimeters) of wire tail.
10. Pinch the crimp bead with a pair of needle nose pliers. Make sure to tightly pinch the bead. Because the crimp is your “knot,” it must be secure. Pull the wire gently. If it moves, tighten the crimp bead. Do not remove the tail.
11. Invert the bracelet and tuck the tail into the beads. The beads will fall toward the crimp and clasp. Tuck the tail into the first few beads to conceal it. Remove the previous tape or binder clip.
12. Rep for the other end of the wire, but don’t pinch the crimp yet. Put on a crimp bead, a seed bead, and the clasp’s other end. Return the wire to the seed bead and crimp. Pull the tail gently until the beads are flush with the clasp.
13. Put on the bracelet and make any necessary adjustments. If the bracelet is too large, you will need to remove some beads. You will need to add more beads if the bracelet is too small. Simply remove the clasp, seed bead, and crimp and make the necessary adjustments. Replace the crimp, seed bead, and clasp once everything is in place.
14. To test the tension, pinch the crimp bead with needle nose pliers and gently tug. Simply pinch the crimp harder if you notice things shifting slightly.
15. Thread the tail through two to three beads, then snip any excess wire. Press the flat side of the wire cutters against the bead and carefully cut the tail off.
Making a Multi-Strand Bracelet
1. Gather your materials. Making multi-strand bracelets is a lot of fun. All strands are made with the same type of bead but in different colors. You can also use a different type of bead for each strand. This type of bracelet works well with seed beads. The following is a list of what you will require:
- Thread for beading
- Needle for beading
- Bead suggestions (also called bead clamps, clam shells, bead ends, or string tips)
- two jump rings
- Hook and clasp
- Pliers with a needle nose
- The superglue
2. Add 14 to 1 inch to your wrist measurement (0.64 to 2.54 centimeters). As a result, the bracelet will hang loosely around your wrist. This will give you the finished length of your bead strands.
3. Cut two pieces of thread twice as long as your measurement. In a later step, you will fold them in half. This will result in one beaded strand.
4. Fold the two threads in half and tie a large knot near the top of the loop. You will need two to four knots. Don’t worry if they appear sloppy; you’ll be hiding them. You should have a large knot with four strands of thread coming out of it at the end. This will increase the bracelet’s durability.
5. Apply a drop of super glue to the knot and wrap a bead tip around it. To close the bead tip, use your fingertips or a pair of needle nose pliers. The loop on the bead tip should be on the same side as your thread’s short, extra ends. You’ll cut them off later.
6. String your beads by passing all four strands of thread through a beading needle. Continue stringing until the bracelet is slightly shorter than you want it to be.
7. Remove the needle from the thread and tie a few knots near the last bead. However, don’t tie the knot too tightly or you’ll put too much strain on the thread. Allow a small space between the knot and the bead.
8. Apply glue to the knots and fold a bead tip over them. To close the bead tip, use your fingertips or a pair of needle nose pliers. The bead tip’s loop should be facing away from the beads.
9. Repeat this procedure to make as many strands as you like. When you’ve finished all of your strands, lay them out side by side in an order that looks good to you.
If you want your finished bracelet to look “tangled,” interweave your strands rather than keeping them separate.
10. Using needle nose pliers, open two jump rings. With your fingers and a pair of needle nose pliers, grasp a jump ring. Between your fingers and the pliers, place the cut part of the jump ring. With the pliers, grip the ring tightly, then move your fingers away from you. The jump ring will open up. Rep this process with the other jump ring.
11. Connect one end of the clasp and the beaded strands to a jump ring. With the needle nose pliers, grasp the jump ring and slide the clasp and beaded strands onto it. The jump ring should only have one end of the beaded strands on it. The other ends of the strands should be free to hang.
12. Finish by closing the jump ring. While still holding the jump ring with the pliers, grasp the ring with your fingers. Bring your hand closer to you, twisting the ring close.
13. Rep with the other clasp and the other end of the beaded strands. Slip the clasp and strands onto the other jump ring. Finish by closing the jump ring.
What do you need to make your own beaded bracelets?
The following is a list of what you will require:
Wire for beading.
Hook and clasp.
Two crimp beads
two seed beads
Cutters for wire.
Pliers with a needle nose.
Binder clip or tape
What is the best material to make a beaded bracelets?
When it comes to stringing beads for necklaces and bracelets, flexible beading wires like Soft Flex®, Beadalon, and Tigertail are popular choices. It’s so flexible that it’s almost like thread, but much stronger.
What is the strongest elastic for beading?
The 1mm size is ideal for larger beads and heavier gemstones. We recommend Soft Flex Beading Wire for designs that require strength and durability, but Pepperell Stretch Magic is a lot of fun to string!
How do you make a stretchy bead bracelet?
Follow these additional guidelines to create a long-lasting elastic bracelet:
Stretch your cord before beginning to string beads.
Make sure your bracelet is the correct size.
Tie your knot in the bracelet with some tension.
Tighten the knot on all sides.
Add a dab of glue to the knot after cutting the elastic cord.
How many seed beads make a bracelet?
3-4 different colored seed beads, size 11/0, and 1 seed bead needle are required.
What string do you use for beaded bracelets?
Silamide Nylon Thread is a good all-purpose nylon thread that is popular for its color selection. It is primarily used for bead weaving. Nymo Waxed Nylon Thread is another good all-purpose bead weaving thread. It’s lightly waxed, threads easily, and resists twisting and knotting.