In this episode you’ll learn:
- How I got my start making jewelry (and started again).
- How to make an elastic stretch bracelet (my first jewelry creations, in honor of the first episode.)
- A tip for thrift store shopping to get inexpensive beads (or if you don’t have a bead store near by)
Here’s the video:
As promised, here is the photographic tutorial, which includes an extra tip to customize even more! (If you are a newsletter subscriber, I will send the tutorials to you each week via PDF, easier to print and take to your work table.)
- Beads – I used these Cranberry Red Recycled Glass Beads 10mm – Africa from Happy Mango Beads
- Optional: Additional dangles or other beads. I used little heart dangles from my collection
- Elastic stretch cord
For extra customization, you’ll need these additional tools and materials (optional):
- Charms – I used heart charms from my collection
- 7 mm jump rings
- Chain nose pliers and bent nose pliers (or 2 pair of pliers of your choice really)
The first part of this tutorial is the same as the video tutorial. The end (for extra customization) is additional and not in the video!
A note about choosing beads: Choosing beads with a larger hole will make it a lot easier to bead on the elastic cord.
Cut the elastic cord to the desired length. To figure out the size, measure around your wrist and then add at least a few inches on each side. If this is your first stretch bracelet, add even more to the ends to make it easier to tie the knot.
Tie the ends in a knot. I’m going to use colorful yarn here so you can see how to actually make this knot.
Once it’s secure, cut off the excess cord and then hide the knot inside a bead.
Repeat for however many charms you’d like to add.
*Alternatively, you could place the charms on jump rings and add them to the bracelet as you are beading it.
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