ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet (perfect for stacking)

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

The jewelry trend lately has been all about layers:  layered necklaces, lots of rings and stacks of bracelets.

I love making bracelets, so this trend is the perfect opportunity to make a bunch and pile them on!

Don’t get too caught up in making things matchy-matchy (unless you really love matchy-matchy.)  Just make a bunch that go together.

Here’s an assortment of bracelets I recently wore together:

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

Most of them I made and one I purchased.

Starting at the top with the tassel bracelet and working around to the right:

  • Chain tassel bracelet – I purchased it at a thrift store or used jewelry sale.
  • Yellow beaded bracelet – you’ll learn how to make that in this post and video.
  • Funky wire wrapped link bracelet – this is from Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse, my Brave Bracelet.  (I run Rediscover in sessions a couple of times a year.  Make sure you’re getting my emails to find out when it’s in session next.)
  • Blue beaded bracelet – same technique as you’ll learn in this post and video.
  • Knotted Link Bracelet – so much fun to make!  I have a workshop here that teaches you the technique.
  • Wire wrapped link bracelet – I just connected wire wrapped bead links to form a bracelet.  (I teach the technique here.)
  • Pink beaded bracelet – another bracelet that was made with the technique I teach in this post.

As you see, you can really decide on any given day how you want to express yourself by changing your bracelets.  I didn’t make these bracelets to go with each other; I just go through my bracelets and decide what I feel like wearing today.

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

In today’s episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV), I’ll show you how to make a beaded strand bracelet with a bead dangle.

In the episode you’ll learn:

  • About beading wire;
  • How to string a strand bracelet using wire guards; and
  • How to make a simple bead dangle.

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

Watch the video tutorial here:

Running time:  18:47

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

Tools and Materials:

  • Beads of your choice (enough to make a bracelet)
  • 4 crimp beads
  • 2 wire guards
  • Lobster clasp
  • 2 – 7mm jump rings
  • Beading wire*
  • 20 gauge, half-hard, round wire in the metal of your choice
  • Crimping tool
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Tape or a bead stopper

* Beading wire – I like to use 49 strands because (as I explain in the video) it’s the strongest and also drapes nicely.  Use the best you can for your budget.

If you do not want to use wire guards, see this tutorial instead.

The bead dangle is optional (but really cute!)  If you choose not to make the bead dangle, you won’t need round nose pliers or the 20 gauge wire.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

Cut enough beading wire to go around your wrist plus about 6 additional inches.

I just put tape at one end of the wire to hold the beads on.  (If you have a bead stopper, you can use that.)

Note:  I’m just using one type of bead for my entire bracelet, so I’m just going to string them on.  If you’re using a combination of beads or making a design, figure that out now.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

String on as many beads as you need.

Hint:  I like to string the beads so the bracelet is tight around my wrist.  Then when I add the clasp the bracelet fits just how I like (which is kind of loose.)

To figure out the correct size, measure a bracelet you already have that is the right size and then subtract the length of the clasp you’re using plus the length of the wire guards on each side.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

Slide a crimp bead, a small bead and another crimp bead onto the wire.

Note:  I like to use two crimp beads on each side when I’m stringing.  Other people use only one.

In the video my beads were smaller and I just used the same bead in between the crimp beads.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

Thread the wire guard onto the wire.  Go up through one tube around the top and back down through the other tube.

Then thread the wire through the crimp bead, bead and second crimp bead.  Pull the wire snug.

You’ll also want to pull the wire through the first couple of beads of the bracelet as well.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

Crimp the crimp beads closed.

First hold the crimp bead in the larger notch closer to the handle of the crimp tool and squeeze the crimp bead closed.  You’ll see a crease in the bead.

Then hold the bead in the smaller notch closer to the tip of the crimp tool and close the crimp bead.  The crimp bead will fold in half at the crease you made with the first crimp.

Crimp both beads closed.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

Repeat on the other side and trim off any excess wire as close to the beads as you can get.

Optional Bead Dangle

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

Cut a piece of 20 gauge, half-hard, round wire about 3 inches longer than your bead.  Make sure to make a flush cut.

Note:  A flush cut is a straight cut in the wire.  Use the back of your wire cutters toward the work to make a flush cut.  (For more information on flush cuts, click here.)

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

Hold the wire at the tip with chain nose pliers.  Make a bend in the wire.  Then push that bend down.  You can use chain nose pliers for this, but your crimp tool makes it really easy.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

Slide a bead onto the wire.  The little bend you made should hold the bead on.  (If not, the bead has too big of a hole for this type of headpin.  Try making a headpin with a decorative end that will hold the bead on or try a different bead.)

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

Hold the wire in round nose pliers about 1/4 inch above the bead.  Wrap the wire around the pliers forming a loop.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet.The loop will be off-center.  Hold it in chain nose pliers and while you wrap the wire around one time pull the bead out straight so the loop is centered on top of the bead.

Then wrap 2 more times.  Trim off the excess wire and make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

Open 2 jump rings.  (How to properly open and close jump rings.)

Attach the bead dangle to the end of the beaded strand.

Attach the lobster clasp to the other end.

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 83: How to Make a Beaded Strand Bracelet

Now you can make a bunch and wear them stacked up in any combination you like.

I like the option of making different single stand bracelets (as opposed to making one bracelet that has several strands) because you can mix and match and change it up every day.

Have fun and get creative!  Let me know if you have any questions!

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Note:  These are exactly the same instructions as you have above here for free; however, it’s in PDF form so you can easily save it or print it if you like.  Thank you for your support!!

ECT TV Episode 83: Beaded Strand Bracelet PDF eBook instructions
ECT TV Episode 83: Beaded Strand Bracelet PDF eBook instructions
Step-by-step photo and written instructions for ECT TV Episode 83.
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Decorative Wire Wrapped Bracelet eWorkshop

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  If you liked it, you’ll love my other online workshops, especially the Decorative Wire Wrapped Bracelet Workshop!  Take them at your own pace in the privacy of your own home!  You always can email me with any questions or if you get stuck along the way.

Check out all of my online workshops here.

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Welcome to the latest episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV!  (ECT TV)

Today I’ll show you how to make this lovely beaded circle pendant.

The pendant is great with the bead dangle hanging as shown, or alternatively try it without for just a simple circle pendant.

Here’s today’s video episode:

Links mentioned in the show:

See the inspiration that gave me the idea for the pendant (and the inspiration for that piece):  Circles Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Jump Ring Chain Tutorial

Bead Dangle Tutorial:  Watch Episode 45 or check out the photos for how to make a bead dangle.  That part is at the beginning of the episode.  Click here.

Get the PDF of this tutorial so you can easily download and save it! 

(Note:  The instructions are exactly what you see below + photo and written instructions for making a bead dangle that isn’t shown below.)

ECT TV Episode 82: Circle Pendant PDF eBook
ECT TV Episode 82: Circle Pendant PDF eBook
PDF eBook for the instructions for ECT TV Episode 82. These are the exact same instructions as seen in this blog post + bead dangle tutorial, but in PDF form.
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Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Materials and Tools:

  • 20 gauge, half-hard round wire *
  • Beads – either approximately 12 4mm beads or a bunch of gemstone chips or any other beads you would like to use.  You can use more beads or larger beads as well.
  • Focal bead made into a bead dangle (see above for a link to how to make a bead dangle)
  • Chain (plus a jump ring) or a cord to wear the pendant (see above for a link to how to make a simple jump ring chain)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

*Wire:  You can use any metal you like.  You may have to adjust the gauge of the wire depending on how large the bore hole is in your beads.  For these gemstone chips I had to use 22 gauge wire so the beads would slide on.  For the example in the video I used 20 gauge wire.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Cut enough wire to hold all of the beads you intend to use plus at least 3 inches extra.

This may vary if you want to make a larger pendant or use larger beads, but for my 12 4mm beads I used about 10 inches of wire.

Slide your bead dangle onto the wire.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Slide beads on the wire, half on each side of the bead dangle.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Form a circle so the beads look continuous.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Twist the wires one full time.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Hold one of the wires in round nose pliers about 1/4 inch above the twist you just made. Wrap the wire around the barrel of the pliers to form a loop.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  The loop will probably be off-center.  Wrap the wire around once while straightening the loop.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Wrap the wire around 2 more times.  Then wrap the other wire around three times.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.  Use chain nose pliers to make sure the ends are not poking out.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Use a jump ring to attach to a chain.  (Need help opening and closing jump rings?  Click here for a video on how to make a jump ring chain and also how to properly open and close jump rings.)

Alternatively, you could twist the loop so it’s perpendicular to the beaded circle and simply slide a cord or chain through it.

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How to Make a Jump Ring Chain

Jump Ring Chain Tutorial

This is a really super simple solution if you need a chain!  You just keep adding jump rings in a chain until your chain is the length you need.

In the video, I’ll also show you how to properly open and close jump rings.

Video Tutorial:

Jump Ring Chain

Now that you have a chain, what are you going to put on it?

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In Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse, I teach you how to make your own jump rings and how to make a figure eight chain plus lots and lots more!

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Circles Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Circles Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

A couple of days ago I shared my latest art journal page and shared about being inspired by materials.

Creative Inspiration: Materials

This is the necklace that was inspired by this art journal page:

Circles Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

I studied the art journal page and just let all the colors and shapes sink in and this necklace came out.

In Inspired eCourse, I show you a step-by-step process for taking inspiration from the art journal pages that we make from prompts in the eCourse.

However, for this necklace I didn’t use that process specifically.

I had every intention of using the process, but instead the idea came to me in a state of sleepiness.  I saw the bottom part with the wires loosely wrapped around the stone.

The rest of it came to me more on the spot as I pulled out materials and thought about what direction the necklace would take beyond that loosely wrapped stone.

Circles Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

I used colors from the page, which is part of the process I teach in Inspired eCourse.

I’m pretty crazy about the color combination in the necklace.  It’s something I would probably have not tried together had I not had a similar color combination in the art journal page.

Circles Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

It’s interesting where inspiration can come from. 

I made the art journal page (inspired by materials), then made the necklace (inspired by a sleepy idea and the art journal page) and now this necklace has inspired me to sketch out a bunch of other ideas..

Where your inspiration take you?

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The introduction is all about getting started art journaling and I also have some fun techniques for you.

Then each week you’ll get a creativity activity and art journal prompt, create an art journal page and then I’ll show you a map to go from art journal page to inspired jewelry piece.  You’ll be designing your own jewelry, but I also have a jewelry project each week to inspire you, give you techniques or you can make it if you’re feeling stuck.

Learn more about Inspired eCourse here.

Creative Inspiration: Materials

Creative Inspiration:  Materials

I love using prompts to get inspiration to do an art journal page.  It helps me focus the page and choose the elements.

But often times I’m simply inspired by materials I have.

This is true for both my art journal inspiration and jewelry inspiration.

Sometimes you simply have materials that you want to use and that is the whole inspiration for the piece.

Creative Inspiration:  Materials

That was the case for this art journal spread.  I started by painting some colors I liked in the background, making some marks with a gold pen and then just went through my “art journal ephemera box” and choose things that I liked that I thought went together well with each other and with the background.

{The image on the right side was taken from an old calendar that was based on one of my favorite book series, Griffin and Sabine by Nick Bantock.}

Creative Inspiration:  Materials

Not only is it just fun to do and a great way to relax, but it can also be a great way to experiment with color.

Lately I’ve been into layering paper on my art journal pages.  Typically I’ll start with some watercolor and then build up from there.

As I’m choosing what papers I’m going to use I arrange them on the page and then switch them around until I get them how I want them.  Typically I’m trying different color combinations together and seeing how they work and making sure the balance is right.

Goddess Athena Charm Bracelet

You can take that lesson into your jewelry making as well.

I highly recommend that you keep a sketchbook or some sort of visual inspirational book where you can experiment with sketches of designs and colors and gather inspiration.  You can certainly try this technique in your inspirational sketchbook or, of course, your art journal.

Or you can simply just pull out different beads, place them next to each other and keep switching them out until you find a combination you.

Try colors you haven’t thought would go together before just to see how they work.  You may be pleasantly surprised.

Then go ahead and make a piece of jewelry with that new color combination.  Remember:  if you end up not liking it after you try it, you can always take it back apart again.

If you do an art journal page simply using materials that inspire you, think about how you can then use that art journal page as inspiration for a jewelry piece.

I’ll share a piece of jewelry I made inspired by this page on Wednesday.

Have fun and experiment!

Inspired eCourse

Do you want to feel inspired and design your own jewelry based on art journal pages that you create with prompts?

Check out my Inspired eCourse!

The introduction is all about getting started art journaling and I also have some fun techniques for you.

Each week you’ll get a creativity activity and art journal prompt, create an art journal page and then I’ll show you a map to go from art journal page to inspired jewelry piece.  You’ll be designing your own jewelry, but I also have a jewelry project each week to inspire you, give you techniques or you can make it if you’re feeling stuck.

Learn more about Inspired eCourse here.