Instructions for Making Bead Bracelets

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Making beaded jewelry is fun, creative and easy. This low-cost, no-experience-required craft allows you to create colorful customized bracelets that you can wear or give as gifts. You will need to invest in a few items to get started, but once you have all you need you will be wearing your first bead bracelet in no time.

Materials

  • Purchase your beading materials from your local craft store and begin creating your beaded bracelet. Gather some wire first. Use beading thread or soft-flex wire if you want a more durable material to string beads on. These are strong but flexible nylon-covered wires. You can opt for beading elastic, which is a less-expensive, clear wire that is suitable for making bracelets as well.

    Purchase beads of any style you desire that can be strung directly on the wire. Buy crimp beads and crimping pliers if you are planning to attach a clasp for easy removal of your beaded bracelet or if you want beads that will not move around freely on the bracelet. Crimping pliers will also make the project easier, although regular pliers will work in a pinch.

Bracelet Designs

  • Once you have all of your materials at home, you can begin designing the look of your bracelet. Lay a neutral-colored cloth on a table and arrange the beads in the order you would like to string them on the bracelet. The neutral color will be a good backdrop to your creation and allow you to see how the colors look together.

    You may design a symmetrical bracelet that with a consistent pattern all the way around or you may choose to randomly place a rainbow of colors around your wrist. Beads are sold with letters printed on them for stringing together words, names or phrases indicative of your bracelet's purpose.

    Add charms to your beaded bracelet for added flair. Bracelet charms can be made or purchased from craft stores and they come in seemingly endless designs. No matter what your interests, you can likely find a charm to place between the other beads that indicates it.

Stringing Beads

  • String your beads one at a time and in the order of the design onto the type of wire you selected and complete the bracelet. Close the bracelet with a knot for a more permanent bracelet, possibly leaving enough slack to slip it on and off. You may opt to install a clasp on each end of the bracelet to make it easier to take on and off.

    Do not forget to tie a knot in one end of the wire to keep beads in place while making the bracelet. The knot will keep the first bead from slipping off the end. Another option is to attach a crimp bead to the end to prevent slippage. Continue to place the beads on the wire until there are enough to reach around your wrist, according to MakingFriends.com. Trim the excess elastic close to the knot or clasp when you are finished.

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