How to Make a Caged Bead Bracelet

Caged Bead Bracelet

Yesterday I shared my Caged Bead Video Tutorial and it got me interested in making some caged bead jewelry again.

Previously, I have used them in earrings or just a couple in a bracelet, but this time I wanted to just use caged beads as the entire piece.  So I made this bracelet.

Caged Bead Bracelet

What’s great about it is that it’s not super chunky, but it does feel substantial on your wrist with all that wire!

It’s pretty easy to make, so I don’t have a step-by-step tutorial here like I normally would, but I’ll tell you how to make it.

Materials and Tools:

  • 8mm Czech class beads
  • 20 gauge wire
  • 7mm jump rings
  • Lobster clasp
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

Follow the instructions here for making a caged bead.  Make as many as you need to make a bracelet.

Step #2

Make the caged beads into wire wrapped bead links.  Need help making wire wrapped bead links?  How to Make a Wire Wrapped Bead Link Video Tutorial.

Step #3

Attach the caged beads together with jump rings.  Need help opening and closing jump rings?  How to Properly Open and Close Jump Rings Video Tutorial.

Step #4

Add a lobster clasp to one end and a couple jump rings to the other end.

Caged Bead Bracelet

And that’s all there is to it!  To make a necklace, just make it longer.  And of course, you can use different beads or different metals of wire.

This was lots of fun for me to make and once you get in the swing of making the cages you really get in a zone.

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Wire Wrapping for Beginners Day 12: Wire Wrapped Bead Link Bracelet

Wire Wrapped Link Bracelet TutorialThis month I’m working my way though my own book, Wire Wrapping For Beginners, and making 1 project per day.  I wanted to show you different examples of the projects while making myself some new jewelry!

Today is Day 12 and the project is Beaded Bracelet with Wire Wrapped Links.

Beaded Bracelet with Wire Wrapped Links TutorialThe main way I customized the bracelet is by putting a big focal bead – Frida!! – in the middle.

Beaded Bracelet with Wire Wrapped Links TutorialIf you want to create along with me, grab the Wire Wrapping For Beginners book.  (You can purchase and instantly download the e-version or get the print version shipped to you!)

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How to Make a Multi-Strand Bracelet with Button Accent

Multi-Strand Bracelet with Button Accent TutorialI was visiting my parents and my mom needed some thread, so we stopped at Joanne’s Fabric.  I went to check out the jewelry making section and I saw these beads:

Multi-Strand Bracelet with Button Accent TutorialAnd I don’t know if it was that they exactly matched what I was wearing and I needed some jewelry to go with it, or they were just so shiny or what it was, but I knew I had to have them.

I wondered around the store and found this cool button:

Multi-Strand Bracelet with Button Accent TutorialWhen I put them together I loved the effect.  Shiny and bright with an aged, neutral look.

Here’s how I made the bracelet:

How to make a multistrand bracelet Materials and Tools:

  • A big bunch of beads!  These were Blue Moon beads I purchased at Joanne Fabric.  (Use any small beads you like.)
  • A big statement or accent button.  Again, I got it at Joanne’s, but you can pick up a button anywhere you can get sewing supplies or from your own button stash.
  • Beading wire.
  • A big, gorgeous toggle clasp from Happy Mango Beads.  You will need a nice big toggle clasp or alternatively you could use a lobster clasp with some chain or links on the other side.
  • Crimp beads.  I use two for each end of each strand, so I used 32 total!
  • Crimp bead covers for each crimp bead.  Optional.  I actually didn’t use them this time because there were so many!
  • Wire cutters
  • Crimp tool or chain nose pliers.

Step #1

How to make a multistrand braceletMeasure around your wrist and then add lots of extra inches for room to work with your bracelet.  Then cut 8 pieces of wire the same length.  (You obviously can use less or more strands if you like!)

Step #2

How to make a multistrand braceletPull all of the strands together through the button hole.

How to make a multistrand braceletThen pull them through the other hole and center them as seen in the photo.

Step #3

How to make a multistrand braceletStart beading each strand.  Remember, each strand has to go halfway around your wrist.

TIP:

How to make a multistrand braceletUse scotch tape or a bead saver at the end of each strand to hold the beads on.  Otherwise, and trust me on this, you will bump it, move it or forget that the beads aren’t secure and have to start over again.

How to make a multistrand braceletStep #4

How to make a multistrand braceletCheck to make sure all of your strands are even (or you can just do this as you go along or even count the number of beads and use the same number……..)

Step #5

How to make a multistrand braceletAt this point we’re ready to start securing the bracelet to the clasp.  If you don’t know how to use crimp beads, you can watch ECT TV Episode 58 for 2 different ways to crimp.  Click here for that video.

Step #6

How to Make a Multi-Strand BraceletYou have a couple of options at this step.  you could secure the strands to something else which would then connect to the toggle.  I considered making a bead link.  You could use a jump ring, but I highly suggest you use a soldered jump ring.  Or you could use any kind of closed link.

The big toggle clasp I used had plenty of room to put all the strands through, so I just connected right to the clasp.

Make sure that you check the bracelet fit PLUS add a little more if you’re using this big toggle because you’ll have to get the bar through the loop and it’s long!

TIP:

When making this bracelet, it’s easy for the strands to get all mixed up and then you don’t know which end goes with which end.  Just very gently pull on one end and you’ll see the other end move.

I would attach one full strand at a time to each end of the toggle as I went along.  Close all the crimp beads and add crimp bead covers if you’re using them.

How to Make a Multi-Strand BraceletHow to Make a Multi-Strand Bracelet

How to Make a Multi-Strand BraceletStep #7How to Make a Multi-Strand BraceletPull gently on each strand to make sure it’s secure and then trim all the excess wire.

Step #8

How to Make a Multi-Strand BraceletAnd you’re done.

It is relatively simple, it’s just a little time consuming making so many strands of those little beads.  It was completely worth it, though!!

How to Make a Multi-Strand Bracelet

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Ombre is all the rage! I love the look of one color fading into another into another . . .

If you love it, too, this is a quick and easy bracelet.

Ombre Bracelet

 

Materials and Tools:

  • Seed beads in 3 different shades.  I used a dark green, a light green and clear.  You could use more colors if you wanted to, but just adjust the amount of beads so they’re even.
  • Beading wire.
  • A small amount of chain (perfect for using leftover chain, which is what I did.)
  • 12 4mm jump rings
  • 4 7mm jump rings
  • Crimp beads (I used 24)
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Wire cutters

Step #1

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Measure across the top of your wrist (the chain will be about half the length around your wrist) and add a few extra inches so you have room to work and cut the beading wire.

I cut about about 7 1/2″ total.

Cut 3 pieces.

Step #2

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Grab a 4mm jump ring.  Make sure that it’s closed securely.  This would also be a good time to use soldered jump rings instead.  These jump rings do not need to be opened again.

Step #3

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

 

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Put the beading wire around the jump ring.  Add a crimp bead, a bead and another crimp bead.  (I always use 2 crimp beads.)  Close the crimp beads securely.

Step #4

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Add the darkest color.  When you’re adding the beads, thread the beads over the end of the other wire, too.  I used 20 seed beads, but you may need to adjust that number based on how long your wire is.

Step #5

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Add the middle color.  Again, I used about 20 beads here.

Step #6

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Add the lightest color.  For this, I used 15 beads, but my clear beads were a little bit larger than my green beads.

Step #7

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Follow step #3 for the other side.

Step #8

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Trim off the excess wire.

Step #9

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

 

Make 3 identical beaded strands.

Step #10

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

 

Open a 7 mm jump ring, add the jump rings at one end of the 3 strands and close the jump ring.

Step #11

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

 

Braid the 3 strands.  I did this relatively loosely.

Step #12

Open a 7 mm jump ring and add the other ends of the 3 strands jump rings.

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

 

Cut chain in the length to go across the rest of your wrist to complete the bracelet.  Cut in half.  Then add one half to the 7 mm jump ring and close.

Open the 7 mm jump ring on the other end, add the chain and close.

Step #13

Add a clasp and you’re done!

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

 

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