Crafternoon How-To: Multi-strand beaded bracelet

I’ve been playing more and more with making jewellery – it’s such a fun craft that you can make as simple or complicated as your want.  After my recent foray into the world of macrame I wanted to try a similar approach with beading – here’s the result; a multi stranded beaded bracelet that will take less than an hour to make.

You Will Need:

  • Jewellery wire
  • Cutting Pliers
  • Round nose pliers
  • End caps
  • 2 jump rings
  • 1 lobster clasp
  • Seed Beads
  • Masking tape/washi tape

Step One: Cut it

Cut six length of wire that will easily fit around your wrist, plus a few cms on either end to play with.  lay them out in a line and tape down the top end.

seed bead bracelet wires

Step Two: Thread it

To make this bracelet work you’ll be threading the beads in a repeating pattern.  Numbers your wire strands 1 to 6 starting on the right.  Now thread beads in the following order (when numbers are in brackets that means that a bead will be threaded onto two wires together)

Row one: 1, (2,3), (4,5), 6

Row two: (1,2), (3,4), (5,6)

seed bead braclet tape

Keep repeating this pattern until your have thread enough beads to wrap around your wrist.  the effect will be a little bit like a net.

sead beed bracelet progress

Step Three: Fix it

Take the ends of your wires and fold over.  Now insert into your end cap (I used two because my end caps were tiny so I had three pieces of wire in each), and use your pliers to push the side down to secure the wire.  use your cutting pliers to trim the loose ends of the wire.  Repeat for the other side making sure the bracelet still fits around your wrist comfortably.

Add a jump ring to either end, onto the end cap, and then add a lobster clasp onto one end so you can wear your bracelet!

seed bead bracelet fastening

Wear with pride!  Happy Crafting!

seed bead bracelet edge

 

 

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