How Many Beads for a Children's Bracelet?

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Making a child's bracelet is the same process as making a bracelet for an adult, but the sizes and amount of materials will be smaller. If you have to make several bracelets, or just one, for a child, you will need to know what and how much you should be buying so you don't end up with too few or too many supplies.

Bead strands

  • To figure out how many beads, or strands of beads, you will need for a child's bracelet, you need to know how many come on a strand. A strand of beads is between 15 1/2 and 16 inches of beads, temporarily strung for hanging and display. Types of beads that are strung are typically semi-precious stones, Czech glass beads and pearls, all appropriate materials for making a child's bracelet. While a bracelet can be made up of one size of beads, often two or more sizes are used for variety.

Sizing

  • A child's bracelet will be between 4 inches for a newborn's bracelet and 7 1/2 inches for older children. To measure the exact length of a bracelet you need, including the clasp, hold a cloth tape measure around the child's wrist, at the widest part of the bone, and then add up to 1 inch so that the bracelet can drape and not restrict the wrist. Measure both sides of a clasp, fully extended, so you do not over estimate too much when sizing your bracelet.

Bead sizes

  • Crystals, glass beads, pearls and semi-precious stones have a standard sizing measured in millimeters, based on the diameter of the bead. This diameter will typically range from 2 mm for very small beads up to 20 mm or more. There will be approximately 200 2 mm beads on a 16-inch strand, 100 4 mm beads, and approximately 67 6mm beads on a 16-inch strand. Most bracelets for children will use beads from 2 mm to 6 mm., with 4 mm for the bulk of the bracelet, 6 mm for focal beads, and 2 mm beads to act as spacers between the larger beads.

Patterns

  • To determine how many beads will be used for a child's bracelet,know what type of pattern you will be using. If you are just stringing one size of bead with no spacers in between them, for a 6 -inch bracelet, assuming 4 inches of beads, you will need approximately 33 4 mm beads, 22 6 mm beads, or 66 2 mm beads for your bracelet. For the same size bracelet alternating 2mm and 4 mm beads, you would need 22 4 mm beads and 22 2mm beads.

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