Beaded Bracelet Tutorial


Beaded Bracelet Tutorial

This is a beaded bracelet tutorial to get you started learning how to make jewelry, the first of the two basic beading techniques.

This is also the exact same technique used in 'My 1st Beaded Necklace' but with just a few extra steps added to get the custom fit for your wrist.

The picture you see here will be our finished project for this beaded bracelet tutorial.

Follow the step by step guide to complete your project and then I invite you to share your experiences with me here.

I would enjoy hearing from you.

Before your begin though, make sure you understand the basic bracelet beading supplies and jewelers tools you will be using to complete this project. 

Head over there now before you move on...it's okay I'll wait.

But if you are ready now to see how to make your first beaded bracelet then let's get started.



How To Make A Beaded Bracelet


The following beaded bracelet tutorial is just the fundamental steps to constructing a basic beaded bracelet. Custom fit jewelry will be discussed in an upcoming article.

Discussed from the previous page...bracelet supplies...when designing jewelry, pre-planning your bracelet will determine your outcome for the correct fit to your wrist.

Pre-planning includes:

But again the planning is another conversation, just be aware there is more to making a bracelet than shown here.

The example used in this beaded bracelet tutorial has already been pre-planned for a custom fit to any wrist simply by adding or deleting beads.

Ready?

Let's Get Beading with your first beaded bracelet tutorial.



Beaded Bracelet Tutorial


Step 1: Measure the Wrist

Measure your wrist to pre-determine the approximate number of beads needed for your design.

[Refer to the chart provided here]

This will not be your finished length this is just to get an approximate count of beads needed. This wrist measures approximately 6 1/4" and with the choice of beads and clasp selected, the bracelet should finish out to about 7" to 7 1/4" for a comfortable fit.

Not too tight...Not too loose...But just right.

Lay out the pattern of the design to get a feel for how it will look. The pattern for this specific project is the 'repeat pattern'.

In this example 8mm beads accented with silver plated rondelles or spacer beads were used.




Step 2: Prepare to String


Measure and cut flexible beading wire using a wire cutter. Allow additional 5" to your finished length. A 12" length gets the job done for most single strand designs and wrist size, but be sure to always allow a minimum of 5" to 6" extra.

Temporarily close off one end of your beading wire using a clamp of your choice. This needs to be secure enough so that beads will not fall off the stringing wire as the project is moved about.

Begin stringing your beads.

Continue stringing the beads until you reach your desired length.




Step 3: Close First End


Time to close the first end.

Begin by adding a crimp bead, a seed bead and one part of your clasp.

[It does not matter which clasp part you begin with.]

Run the wire back through the seed bead and then the crimp bead in the opposite direction, this creates a loop to hold the clasp. Leave approximately a 1" tail of beading wire.

Hold the crimp bead and the seed bead with one hand, pull the longer beading wire with your other hand to move the beads up close to the clasp.


Beading Tip:

Conserve as much of your beading wire in the beginning so that you have more wire to work with on the other end.

It will make it easier for you to handle.

Now you are ready to compress the crimp bead with the chain nose pliers. Make sure the clasp moves easily from side to side before compressing crimp bead.

Compressing the crimp will flatten it.

This is what your first end will look like.


Beading Tip:

Remember the crimp bead is the only thing holding your bracelet together and it needs to be secure. Test the strength of the crimp bead before you move on.

Make sure the crimp is secure...Hold the clasp in one hand and the long beading wire in the other hand, now tug against each end. If the wire does not shift then the crimp bead is secure.

If the beading wire does shift then compress the crimp bead again to ensure it is secure. Do not be afraid of compressing the crimp bead to hard, this is what holds your bracelet together and it needs to be secure.

If the crimp bead breaks then it is defective and it needs to be replaced before you move on. 

Remember do not cut off the 1" of excess beading wire, you want to keep this to tuck inside your beads.

Beading Tip:

Base metal crimp beads vs. sterling silver crimp beads require a different touch.

Base metal may need a stronger compression where as sterling silver is a softer metal and will compress with more ease. 

Keep this in mind as you experiment with your choice of metal for crimp beads.


Step 4: Prepare to Close Second End


Once the first end is secure, move the beads to meet the crimped end making sure the 1" tail is tucked inside the beads in preparation to close the remaining open end.

Begin by repeating the same process as before. Add crimp bead, the seed bead and other end of the clasp.

Run the beading wire back through the seed bead, the crimp bead in the opposite direction, creating a loop to hold the clasp.

But this time also run the wire thru two to three beads or approximately 1" of beads.

While holding the wire end in one hand and the clasp in other hand pull the bracelet together until you have no wire showing.


Beading Tip

WARNING!!!

Do not compress the crimp bead at this point, you still have another step.

Gently and carefully try the bracelet on to double check for a correct fit on your wrist.

With the end not permanently closed this is your opportune time to make any size adjustments, either increase the size if too tight or decrease the size if too loose. 

If you do need to make any adjustments just un-string the open end you are working on and either add or remove any beads as necessary. Then repeat the step again for attaching the clasp.


Bead Tip:

IMPORTANT!!

Another reason for trying the bracelet on is to allow for the natural flow and curve of your wrist.

If you remove the bracelet from your wrist before compressing the crimp bead DO NOT re-tighten the beading wire.

Did you get a good fit or adjusted correctly?

If so, then you are now ready to permanently close the remaining end of your bracelet.

With the chain nose pliers compress the crimp bead to create a flat crimp again.

Test the strength of the compressed crimp again by holding only each clasp on either end. Pull against them to make sure there is no shifting and the bracelet is secured on the beading wire.

Remember this is the only thing holding your bracelet together and it must be secure. Don't be afraid if it comes apart on you.  Better for it to happen now than when you are out and about.

It's called quality control.



Step 5: Clean Up


Okay, let's clean and trim. Trim the excess wire as close as possible with the wire cutters. Place the flat side of the wire cutters to the bead where the excess wire is protruding. Carefully snip the wire making sure you are cutting the excess wire and not the stringing wire.




Step 6: Admire a Job Well Done!


CONGRATULATIONS!!

You just completed your first beaded bracelet tutorial and you did it yourself!

Now it's time to admire a job well done!!

How did the beaded bracelet tutorial turn out for you? How does it fit? What, if any, adjustments would you make next time? What would you do differently?

If for any reason it did not turn out as you had hoped don't be concerned, it was your first try. Hopefully there are many more to come.

Be forgiving of yourself and don't be discouraged, remember practice makes perfect and the more you make the more accustom you become with the techniques.

Now...ready to try another one? Then get busy....

Any Questions about this Beaded Bracelet Tutorial?

Hopefully you got all your questions answered by moving through the beaded bracelet tutorial process but if you do have any additional questions then please feel free to contact me

I'm here to help you so don't hesitate.

In the meantime if you would like to move onto the other basic beading technique...the single loop...sometimes called the plain loop then move onto that. This is the technique used mostly to make earrings.

We'll cover the same information...supplies, tools, anatomy 101 and then the beading tutorial to help you on your way.

Once you complete the second technique the sky is the limit for what you can create. 

Now for Beaded Earrings and learning to create a single/plain loop.

See you there...