How To Make Your First Beaded Bracelet
Want to make a beaded bracelet by yourself ?
Well, you've come to the right place! As a general rule of thumb, you have to remember that most beaded wrist bracelets are 7-9 inches in length. However, they can be made any length you desire.
Also, if you would like to take a modern twist on your beaded bracelet and make it an anklet instead, add 2-4 inches to whatever length you want. Now that you've got that down, I'm going to tell you how to make your first perfect beaded bracelet.
All you have to do is follow the following instructions.
Cut your wire. There's no right or wrong brand you can use as far as wire goes, just make sure that it's suitable for jewelry making. Once you cut your wire, you should make sure that there is enough length for the bracelet, plus an additional 3 or 4 inches. The reason why I say that you should have an additional couple of inches is just to be on the safe side. You don't want to get all the way to the end of your bracelet and find that you don't have enough room, do you?
Pick a general size for your bead bracelet. Whether you want to make it all one size, or have the beads vary in size is completely up to you. I suggest that if you choose to incorporate bigger beads into your bracelet that you use small spacer beads to go in between. That way, your bracelet isn't too gaudy.
Pick out a couple findings. You're definitely going to need a clasp, as well as two crimp beads for your beading bracelet. The reason why you're going to need the crimp beads is so that they can secure each end of your wire on your clasp.
Prep your beads AHEAD of time. If you have a beading board, that's great. If not, that's fine as well. You can lay the beads you would like to use for the bracelet on a towel or flat surface. It's important that you should lay out your beads in the exact design or style that you want to be reflected on the bracelet. This will save you time and energy later on.
It's crimping time! Place one of your crimp beads on the wire, and then add a second at the end of your clasp. You should allow yourself about a half inch of wire before threading through the crimp bead. Using a crimping tool, crimp the bead you attached to the beginning of the clasp. You're almost there!
Start threading your beads! Once you have the length you want, wrap it around your wrist to double check that it's long enough. It's better to be safe than sorry, right?
After figuring out the proper length, put another crimp bead on the beginning and ends of your clasp. Thread the wire through, and crimp!
Pull the clasp, making sure the crimp bead is secure. Cut off any extra wire that may be left over.
If you've gotten this far, then guess what? You just created your first beaded bracelet! With more practice, you can create even more fun beaded jewelry.
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