This 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.
The main way I customized the bracelet is by putting a big focal bead – Frida!! – in the middle.
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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.
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!
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!!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Add the middle color. Again, I used about 20 beads here.
Add the lightest color. For this, I used 15 beads, but my clear beads were a little bit larger than my green beads.
Follow step #3 for the other side.
Trim off the excess wire.
Make 3 identical beaded strands.
Open a 7 mm jump ring, add the jump rings at one end of the 3 strands and close the jump ring.
Braid the 3 strands. I did this relatively loosely.
Open a 7 mm jump ring and add the other ends of the 3 strands jump rings.
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.
Add a clasp and you’re done!
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