How to Make a Row Counter Bracelet

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A counter bracelet is great for walkers, runners and of course knitters. Different size beads on a two row bracelet provides a visual recording of the progress of a given project. These guidelines call for leather cord for the bracelet, but plastic or stretch cord provides an adequate substitute. Look below on how to make a row counter bracelet.

Things You'll Need

  • Leather cord
  • Foldover clasps
  • Pliers
  • 9 small beads
  • 10 large beads
  • Charm
  • Jump rings
  • Clasp
  • Cut two pieces of leather cord both approximately 7 inches in length. They need to fit the perimeter of your wrist, but 7 inches is a good average size. The clasps at the ends of the leather to secure the beads and hold the clasp will add length to the bracelet, and this should be considered when cutting the leather cord.

  • Use jewelry pliers to fold the fold over clasps onto the ends of the leather capturing both cords in one clasp. Be sure to wait until the end to do the other end of the clasp so that you can place the beads onto the leather.

  • String your beads so that the 9 small beads on one row and 10 big beads on the other row. You can always add an extra colored bead at 5 in both rows to provide a more detailed abacus. Hold in place.

  • Add the counter bead or charm by looping around both cords. This is the marker so you know where to start your count from each time. It should move freely on the cord as should the other beads.

  • Attach the other fold over clasp to the open ends of the leather, making sure to capture both row ends in the metal. Use your pliers to push down the side flaps and secure the beads in place.

  • Place jump rings (small metal circles similar to key ring chains) onto the ends of the fold over clasps. There are small holes at the ends of the clasp for this purpose. This may be a little tricky for the amateur beader, but it can be done.

  • Close the bracelet loop with the large bracelet clasp by attaching the metal loops at either end of the closed clasp to the jump rings. Open and close the clasp to ensure your completed counter bracelet works and start counting.

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