Step by Step on How to Make Bracelets

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Beaded bracelets make excellent, personalized gifts for women and girls of all ages. They can range in style from name bracelets, with beads that have sports emblems on them, to very elegant bracelets made from glass beads and semi-precious stones. Taking time to plan out and construct a bracelet for a loved one shows how much you care and insures the gift you are giving is one of a kind. Hone your skills to create bracelets that can be sold at craft shows and flea markets for hand made crafts.

Things You'll Need

  • Beads
  • Bead wire
  • Jeweler's pliers
  • Bracelet clasps
  • Towel
  • Measure around the wrist for which the bracelet is being made. Add about a half inch for fastening the ends. If it is a surprise or if you are making it for a generic wrist, use a standard length of 7 inches.

  • Cut a length of beading wire the correct length. You will need to use jeweler's piers to cut the wire and to get a clean and even break.

  • Create a dry run of the bracelet on your table top. Select the beads you intend to use in the bracelet and lay the beads out in order. This allows you to see what the bracelet will look like. Make adjustments before it is finalized. If the beads are round, laying them out on top of a towel will keep them from rolling away.

  • Attach the first clasp end to your wire. Most fasteners have an open area that should be crimped onto the end of the wire with jeweler's pliers. Squeeze it tightly to make sure the fastener is securely fastened before beginning to add beads.

  • Slide the beads onto the wire, in order from left to right. Make sure you work slowly and stick to the pattern without skipping beads.

  • Secure the other end of the clap on the other end of the wire. It will fasten the same way that the first clasp piece did.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a mixture of small and large beads for visual interest and depth of pattern.
  • Add three inches to the wrist measurement to make a matching bracelet for the ankle.
  • Use similar beads to make jewelry sets that include earrings and necklaces.

References

  • "Jewelry and Beading Designs For Dummies"; Heather H. Dismore, et al.; 2008
  • "Beaded Bracelets"; The Editors of Bead and Button; 2004
  • "A Touch of Glass: Designs for Creating Glass Bead Jewelry"; Nancy Alden; 2008
  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images
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