One of the most exciting projects at home is making a stretchy bracelet. Make beaded bracelets using materials available on craft stores, and you can wear it as soon as it is finished.
Making a beaded bracelet using an elastic cord is always so easy to perform. Furthermore, once you have the right resources at your disposal, you can quickly make beaded bracelets.
Beads and charms are usually used in making a stretchy bracelet. While it is tempting to use multicolored beads, the best appearing ones are made with homogenous bead variants. Use your creativity and available resources in creating a beaded bracelet using beading wire.
It is not only quick and easy to produce stretchy bracelets but also a frugal activity. Take some remaining beads from another craft, and in no time, you will have an armful of extending beads. Plus, the bracelets may be as casual or fancy as you prefer, depending on your chosen beads.
How to Make Beaded Bracelets?
Selecting the appropriate beads for your bracelets
Select beads that are light and have no sharp edges surrounding the opening to avoid cutting or wearing away the elastic cord. Seed-sized beads work nicely since they are lightweight in small sizes, and most have smooth trousers. You can also use plastic beads such as vintage Lucite beads, pony (kanji) beads, or acrylic designer beads. Many types of wood and shell beads work well too.
Gathering the materials for making beaded bracelets
When you make your own jewelry, the most essential item you need are the correct beads and charms. Choose your own beads, crystals, or ornaments and make sure the parts you currently have worked properly. Here are the materials used in making your own bracelets:
Measure the stretch cord accordingly
Cut a cord length about 4 to 6 inches longer than the desired length of your bracelet. Affix a three-inch bead stopper from one end. Pre-stretch the cord with a distance of about 3 inches, stretch slightly, go down, and stretch the next portion until the entire length is pre-stretched. This prevents your stretch bracelet from shrinking.
String your beads into the elastic cord
Without a needle, thread the clampable eye or giant eye needle onto the other end of a cord and fold over a two-inch tail unless your beads are big enough to string. This is an option if you choose beads with large holes; you typically can string them directly to the cord in that instance.
- Thread all your bracelet beads. Check the length by wrapping the stretched beads around your handle. Be sure to leave your skin and bracelet a little space so that you may roll the bracelet over your wrist without breaking the stretch. This also helps guarantee that there are no vacant spots. Ensure the last bead you have a hole in your beading cord is large enough to cover a knot.
- If you plan to build a stack of bracelets using the same beads, measure your strand and determine the length to repeat it. If you make another bracelet, you should check that it fits with them because you might need a slightly shorter or longer bracelet. Tiny beads of the same size, mixed with a more giant hole in a few beads, make it easier for you to hide the knot.
Properly knot your stretchy bracelet
The most practice is to knot your stretch bracelet. The ends can be slick, and you last want to drop your string and see all those beautiful beads slipping away.
The square knot is great to pack seed bead bracelets because it hides well inside the beads. Use the knot of a surgeon with gemstone bracelets, as it’s a little bulkier but safer.
- Remove the needle and bead stopper inside the elastic cord, then combine the two ends. Next, make the first half of a knot carefully, tugging the string gently to remove the slackness in the bracelet.
- Tie the second section of the knot and pull firmly into place while holding the first side of the knot. It can be pretty challenging to properly knot your bracelet without losing the grip of your beads at first. If you lose pressure, attempt to draw both ends of the cord away and take the slack. After a few bracelets have been completed, this should be considerably easy.
Some individuals use crimp beads to secure the ends of the stretch rope rather than knots. However, this approach is not recommended because the sharp metal edges of the crimps probably cut the cord.
Hide your knot properly
Apply a small drop of glue on your node while holding the bead away from the knot. Select the quickest drying glue available in the market when sealing your knots. However, it makes it harder to hide the knot and easier to adhere to your fingers accidentally. So you might want to slow down, like E6000, and then just let it dry before you wear your bracelet. Then, with the glue still tacky, grasp the cord between two beads approximately one inch far from the knot and tug lightly into the neighboring bead to tug the knot.
Trim the end of your knot cords
Allow the adhesive to dry before the cord ends. This reduces the probability that the knot loosens when you cut it. Once the glue has dry, extend each string carefully. Use bordering scissors to close the ends to the beads.
Enjoy wearing your new stretch bracelet
After you completely dried up your glue, your new stretchy bracelet is now ready to use. You can build a few additional stacked bracelets and perhaps string some more short matching finger rings in the interim. While beaded bracelets are cost-effective and quick to produce, they may not endure forever; your bracelets may ultimately break.
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