How to Make a Beaded Bracelet

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While learning to make jewelry, working with simple pieces provides excellent practice for acquiring new skills. For example, this beaded bracelet tutorial demonstrates how to use staples such as jump rings and jewelry clasps. It also displays the three different ways you use jewelry pliers: cutting, bending and flattening. After you complete this bracelet, you can adapt the techniques to make other types of jewelry.

Practice your jewelry-making skills with a beaded bracelet DIY.
(How to Make a Beaded Bracelet)
  • 3-in-1 jewelry pliers
  • Beading wire
  • Charm
  • Crimp beads (2)
  • Short length of extender chain (optional)
  • 4mm jump rings (2)
  • Jewelry clasp and tag
  • Beads

You can use beads in any shape or size for this project.

Gather your supplies for making your beaded bracelet.
Supplies for Beaded Bracelet

With the cutting portion of the pliers (or scissors), cut a strand of beading wire measuring 1 1/2 times the circumference of your wrist.

You can also use scissors to cut beading wire.
How to Make a Beaded Bracelet

Add a crimp bead (a tiny metal bead that, when flattened, keeps wire in place), followed by a jewelry clasp. Position both components about 1 inch from one end of the wire.

Keep wire in place with crimp beads.
How to Make a Beaded Bracelet

Take the same end of the wire and feed it back through the crimp bead you just added. Slide the crimp bead close to the jewelry clasp.

Position the crimp bead close to the clasp.
How to Make a Beaded Bracelet

Place the wire in between the pliers, positioning the crimp bead in the flat portion. Squeeze the handles together to flatten the crimp bead. Apply enough pressure to completely flatten the crimp bead.

Make sure you completely flatten the crimp bead.
How to Make a Beaded Bracelet

Tug on the wire to check that the crimp bead does not move. This is important because the crimp bead keeps the clasp on the bracelet.The tip of the wire now lies parallel to the rest of the wire, near the clasp.

Now you've created the base for your beaded bracelet.
How to Make a Beaded Bracelet

Add beads to the wire, inserting the tip of the wire into the first few beads. The hole of most beads can accommodate two strands of wire at the same time. Use beads in one color to create a solid-colored bracelet or multiple colors to make a patterned version.

Create a beaded bracelet in the colors of your choosing.
How to Make a Beaded Bracelet

Prepare the metal charm by adding it to a jump ring. Using the round-nosed end of the pliers, add the charm to a jump ring. To do this, open a jump ring by bending the ends in opposite directions. After you add the charm, close the jump ring by bending the ends back together.

Add the metal charm to a jump ring.
How to Make a Beaded Bracelet

Add the charm once you have beaded half the wire. Adding the charm at this point keeps it centered.

Add the charm to your bracelet when you reach halfway with the beads.
How to Make a Beaded Bracelet

Add the remaining beads. Use the same number of beads on each side of the charm. Size and shape of the finished bracelet determines the total number of beads you need.

The smaller the bead, the more you need.
How to Make a Beaded Bracelet

Add another crimp bead, then add the tag. The jewelry clasp attaches to the tag when you wear the bracelet.

Add the tag last.
How to Make a Beaded Bracelet

Insert the loose end of the wire back through the crimp bead you just added. Continue feeding it through the 4 to 6 beads you added last. Pull the wire tight, making sure there are no gaps between the beads.

Feed the wire back into the last few beads you added.
How to Make a Beaded Bracelet

Using the jewelry pliers, flatten the crimp bead and trim the excess wire.

Cut away extra wire with pliers or scissors.
How to Make a Beaded Bracelet

To increase the length of a bracelet, use a jump ring to attach an extender chain to the metal tag. Extender chains are made of wide chain links and are specifically designed for adding length to bracelets or necklaces. This is a useful addition if you are making a bracelet for someone but are unsure of his or her wrist size.

Extender chain can be trimmed with jewelry pliers.
How to Make a Beaded Bracelet

For extra security, apply a drop of clear nail polish to each flattened crimp bead. This is an easy, inexpensive way to keep the bracelet from falling apart with the natural wear and tear on jewelry.

Clear nail polish is a simple and clever way to increase the life span of your jewelry.
How to Make a Beaded Bracelet

After you master a basic beaded bracelet, mix it up by using more than one type of bead. For a customized pattern, alternate bead types, colors or sizes. You can also add multiple charms at equal intervals for a beaded charm bracelet.

This simple beaded bracelet can be adapted to fit your style and taste.
How to Make a Beaded Bracelet

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