A great way to breathe new life into an existing wardrobe is to accessorize with eye-catching jewelry. Handmade beaded bangle bracelets are a great way to add color, sparkle and fun to a day or evening look. Most people do not realize how easy and economical it is to make beaded bangle bracelets. With a few items that can be purchased at a local craft or bead store for a minimal cost, you can use your imagination to create stunning, original beaded bracelets on a budget.
Things You'll Need
- Wire cutters
- 1 mm bead cord, clear and stretchy
- Clear bead glue
- Glass or crystal beads in coordinating colors and sizes
Unroll a length of clear, stretchy bead cord that will fit loosely around your wrist with extra room to spare, since you will have to tie the ends into a knot. Since the bracelet will be stretchy, you will want it to fit snugly but comfortably. When you have the right length, cut the end of the cord with wire cutters.
String the beads, stones or crystals along the cord according to your preference. You can create various patterns by grouping similar beads and stones together, or string a random assortment for a unique look. To give the bracelet symmetry, keep the colors and sizes of the beads consistent. Wrap the bracelet around your wrist periodically as you string the beads on the cord, to make sure the bracelet will fit.
When you have strung the last bead on the cord, tie the ends into a tight knot. Do not double-knot. Place a dab of clear glue on the knot, and blow on it to help it dry. After a few minutes, hide the knot by gently pulling it through to the center of the adjacent bead. Do not pull it too tightly or the cord may break. This technique takes some practice to perfect. When you have successfully hidden the knot in the center of a bead, clip the loose ends of the cord carefully with wire cutters, getting as close to the edge of the bead as possible.
Rest the bracelet on a flat surface while the glue dries. After an hour or so, gently try on the bracelet to make sure it fits properly. When you are finished with your bracelets, try layering two or three on one arm to make a bold statement. Experiment with varying color schemes and textures to create a custom look.
Tips & Warnings
- Buy strong, high-quality bead cord to prevent breakage.
- Try to use lightweight beads, as heavier beads make the bracelet more fragile.
- Make sure the bracelet is big enough to fit over your hand without stretching too much, or it may break.
- Over time, the bead cord will weaken. Be careful putting your bracelet on and taking it off, and try not to stretch it too tightly. If the bracelet breaks, simply cut a new length of bead cord and restring it.
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