DIY: Bead bracelet18:00
Today I have another DIY bracelet using beads. It's very simple to do, but it gives an exciting look to it :).
What you'll need:
1. color beads, I used glass beads because I like the way they look. I bought mine on Ebay. You get about 600 to 1000 beads for prices like 1 to 3€, so it's pretty cheap. You can also chose one color or randomly mixed colors.
2. smaller beads as a spacer beads. I recommend spacer beads being smaller than color beads, because the design will look more interesting that way. I used gold to match with the gold chain.
3. chunky gold chain, which was actually a belt. This was a belt from H&M and I destroyed it to make about 7 new bracelets. What can I say, it was worth it. I couldn't find chunky chain anywhere and on Ebay it was too heavy to ship. You can use the regular aluminum jewelry chain, I did some with those too.
4. steel wire (3.80 € for 1 meter) in capuccino color. You can use anything that's not elastic, but bends easily.
5. magnetic clasp (don't remember the price, it's around 5 €, would be cheaper to buy on Ebay).
6. one jump ring
Before you start I recommend measuring the chain. Measure it so it covers half of your wrist-if you want the end result to be half chain and half beads.
Cut the wire-leave it a bit longer and fold it around the end of the chain.
Take one spacer bead (gold) and take one end of the wire and put it through the hole.
Then take the other hand of the wire and put it through the other side of the hole-just not the same side of the hole as you did before. The wires should cross like it shows on the photo.
Then you pull on the both ends of the wire and hold the spacer bead in place. If it's more on the one side, try to fix it. The first bead is crucial and the hardest to set in the middle.
Now take one end of the wire and pull it through your color bead. Take the other wire end and on that one also put one color bead.
Now all you need to do is repeat. Again take one spacer bead, put one end of the wire through one side, and other end of the wire through the other side, so that they cross through the gold bead. Pull both wire ends and secure the bead.
Then again take two beads and put them on both ends of the wire and so on...
In between check the length if you are satisfied you can finish. Keep in mind that you'll put on one jump ring and a clasp, which will make the bracelet a bit longer.
Then get one half of the magnetic clasp and secure it as you did a spacer bead. That means put one side of the wire end through one side, and the other through the other side of the clasp, so that the wires cross. Pull on both wire ends.
Then take one side of the wire: for example take the right end of the wire and go around with it through the other end of the clasp hole (so that you create a loop like seen on the photo) and pull it through.
Then take the other wire end-the left one and go around creating the loop, going through the other side of the clasp hole and pull through. The wires should cross.
Then take one end of the wire and pull it through one side of the spacer bead hole. (right wire, through the right side of the bead)
Take the other side of the wire end and put it through the spacer bead hole. (left wire, through the left side of the bead)
Take one end of the wire and pull it through the color bead.
Take the other wire end and pull it through the color bead.
Then again cross both wires through the spacer bead. What you're doing is basically breading the wires back into the beads to secure it, because this wire is hard to make a knot out of or end so that it would look nice.
When you feel that the wire is breaded enough you can stop and cut of the ends of the wire. On the photo I cut them when they were through the spacer bead. I recommend cutting it one step before that, so when the wires are through the color beads-it will be less visible and more professional. I did so on the other, just forgot to take the photo of it :).
Take one jump ring open it up and put on the other end of the magnetic clasp.
Put the jump ring on the other end of the chain.
That's it. And this is how it looks like finished.
You can also do it with lighter version, with smaller aluminum chain. The only difference is in the size, the weight and the style of the chain. Chunky chain is differently cut and it's bolder. I like both looks. Lighter is great for pairing with other arm candy and the chunky bracelet is great as a statement piece.
Really easy to do. If you try to make it, make sure to send me some pictures, I would love to see your versions :).