I 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:
And 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:
When I put them together I loved the effect. Shiny and bright with an aged, neutral look.
Here’s how I made the 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.
Measure 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!)
Pull all of the strands together through the button hole.
Then pull them through the other hole and center them as seen in the photo.
Start beading each strand. Remember, each strand has to go halfway around your wrist.
Use 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.
Check 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……..)
At 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.
You 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!
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.
Step #7Pull gently on each strand to make sure it’s secure and then trim all the excess wire.
And 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!!