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How To Make Easy Bracelets

1) Open your jump ring from side to side and attach a charm. Close the ring how you opened it. This keeps it perfectly circular. Beadalon makes findings like these jump rings in a ton of metal finishes and thicknesses.

2) Let’s talk a little bit about beading elastic. Elasticity comes in different diameters–.8 and 1mm seen above are the two I use the most. I use as thick of elastic as I can that will fit through the bead holes so my bracelet is strong.

 

3) We all know no two beads are alike so check all your beads to the diameter of Elasticity before stringing.

4) Thank the Lord for bead boards. I use Beadalon’s version with the case so it stays nice and clean plus it travels well (from my studio to my lazy girl chair or even in a suitcase). Lay out your beads and charms on the outer row. This one is in inches so you can see how long your bracelet will be. Start stringing…

5) When you’re happy with the bracelet, check the back of the Elasticity package for how to tie a secure knot. It’s helpful to slide the knot towards the beads and then pull the tails apart to cinch the knot even more.

6) Secure the knot with a touch of clear nail polish. Leave to dry, give it one last tug and then trim the ends leaving little tails.

I’ve been wearing these one at a time and all together with some metal bangles, comfy sweaters, brown boots, and my favorite orange scarf. Cozy.

Candie Cooper
  • Candie Cooper
  • Hi, I’m Candie. I design jewelry and crafts, author books, teach classes and host television programs. I thrive on simple ideas that anyone can achieve. I also love projects made from unexpected materials that stand the test of time. Join me as I lead a creative life – check out my portfolio or blog below.

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Materials
  • Chain Maille Jump Rings-Non-Tarnish Brass 18 Gauge 11/64" 100/Pk
  • Elasticity 1.0mm Diameter 5 Meters/Pkg-Clear
  • Shabby Chic Treasures Tassels -Punk 6/Pkg
  • Jewelry Basics Acrylic Beads
  • Second Skin Metal Charms 4/Pkg-Gold and Purple 15mmX28mm Oval
  • Jewelry Basics Metal Charms-Gold and Brown Filigree 3/Pkg
  • Jewelry Basics Metal Charms-Gold, Green and Yellow Flowers 3/Pkg
  • Beadalon Pliers 5.75"-Slim Round Nose
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