How to make beaded bracelets

Bracelets are one of the rare accessories that span the entire range of a person’s life.  Different types of bracelets are appropriate for everyone from children to teens to adults – unlike wallets or chokers with spikes on them, you’re never too old or too young for a nice bracelet.

Needless to say, we at Craft Corners enjoy making our own bracelets!  So let’s get to it.  There are just a few very basic things you need, which are probably already in your crafting desk and storage area:

Tools

  • Pliers
  • Side cutters
  • Bead stopper

Materials

  • Beading wire
  • Crimp beads
  • Clasp
  • Beads

I just made a black bead bracelet for my baby cousin the other day, and I did it by following these easy steps:

1.  Decide on bracelet length.

Use your side cutters to cut the beading wire two inches longer than you want your bracelet to be.

2.  Arrange beads on wire.

Place the bead stopper on one end of the wire to keep your beads from falling off.  Then begin putting your beads on the wire one by one in the attractive arrangement of your design.

3.  Tie one end.

Slide the crimp bead next to the last bead in your design.  Put the wire through the clasp as well and bring it back through the crimp bead.  Tighten the loop just enough so that it’s only visible up close, but still allows your clasp to bounce.  Flatten the crimp with your pliers.

4.  Tie other end.

Push all your beads to the finished end.  Remove the bead stopper from the other end and repeat step three using another crimp bead and the remaining piece of your clasp.

5.  The finishing touch.

Make sure everything’s in place and secure then cut any excess wire.  Attach the clasp around your wrist and you’re done!

It’s as easy as that.  I was pretty proud of the bracelet I recently made and I hope you are as pleased with yours.

DIY Ribbon Necklace

It’s time CraftCorners readers to embark on another fun journey. Today we’re going to take a look at a fun craft that you’ll actually get to put to good use, and on a regular basis if you prefer. We’re going to be making a fun and colorful ribbon necklace. If fashion design isn’t something you’ve considered delving into before, have no fear – this project is very easy to put together and get the hang of. More than that though, as mentioned previously you’ll be able to actually wear your project and show off your handiwork or even store it in your cheap jewelry armoire! Let’s get to it.

What You’ll Need

  • A strong and sturdy length of string. You Can also use a chain or thin rope if you prefer.
  • A large handful of small ribbons. The colors can vary as it’s really up to you, but mixing up the colors for a fun rainbow effect certainly can’t go wrong!

What To Do

There really isn’t a whole lot of craftsmanship that goes into this particular necklace. All you’ll need to do is tie your ribbons onto the necklace itself. You can do this by simply wrapping the ribbon around the rope and tying off a regular knot. If you have trouble with the ribbons, you can always use a tear fabric mender.

The real artisan ship comes into how you actually arrange the colors of your ribbon. For a classy look, you can use all black or white ribbon – suddenly the necklace is now appropriate for a gala event. For a more fun kid friendly approach, simply arrange the colored ribbons at random, creating a haphazard and crazy effect that is sure to match a more eclectic style. For a look that’s somewhere in between you’ll want to experiment with arranging blocks of color. This is similar to a rainbow, except there will be multiple ribbons of the same color next to each other.

DIY leather friendship bracelet

 

Leather craft bracelets are some the easiest bracelets to make in the crafts world as the leather material is easy to deal with and can be cut and shaped easily as opposed to other metal bracelets. Quick and effortless to make, leather bracelets are a great activity for the young ones to make personalize friendship bracelets that can be worn immediately. Leather bracelets are also a great base bracelet that you can accessorize to create fun and unique pieces of jewelry like the tie dye bracelet. Here is a quick guide to what you will need to make them and how to go above it in a safe controlled way.

Materials you’ll need:

– Two small leather strings per bracelet

– Scissors

– Tape

– Clip on accessories

Instructions:

1. Take two leather strings of the same length (10-12 inches recommended) and tape them to the table.

2. Tie a knot at the top of the two leather strings by grabbing the two ends of the leather straps, creating a loop, and sticking the end through the loop.

3. Repeat step 2 every two inches.

4. Wrap the bracelet around your wrist to make sure it is long enough.

5. Cut the leather strings at the desired length and tie the ends to gether.

Make Your Own Pearl Bracelets

 

Jewelry helps you to complete an outfit and gives you a polished look. One does not always have to buy a new jewelry to complement an outfit as one can experiment making it at home. One such accessory is the custom made pearl bracelets. With just a few items you can make your own pearl bracelet that looks like the one in store.

What you need:

  • Faux pearl beads of your choice
  • Metallic thread, needle (thin enough to fit the hole of your pearls)
  • Scissors
  • Elastic (length enough to wrap your wrist)

How to make it:

  1. Cut the elastic based on the measurement of your wrist. Sew the ends by overlapping them.
  2. Thread the sewing needle with a thread long enough to go around the elastic with the pearls. Tie the ends of the thread together, so that you are sewing with double threads.
  3. Now, put your needle through the hole of the pearl and sew it to the elastic band holding the pearl in place. You can tie a knot at the back of the elastic to make sure it stays in place. I will advise you to do so when you are using large sized pearls but if you are using smaller sized ones then there is no need to tie a knot at the back of the elastic band.
  4. Make sure that there are no gaps between the pearls and that the elastic is not seen through. One way to hide the elastic band is to sew smaller sized pearls between the larger ones.

There you have it! It is simple and easy to make and the pearl bracelet does look very attractive and charming. You can team it with women cream shaker cardigan and jeans to give the outfit a polished look. It makes a great gift to give to a friend or to your young daughter who wants a big girl bracelet like her mom.

How to make your own bead necklaces

Necklace ideas – A hand-made necklace can be a much more memorable gift than a ready-made one. You can make your own beaded necklace instead of spending money on those pricey neck pieces available in the market. Here are some items you will need to make a stunning necklace at home:

  1. Assorted wooden and plastic beads
  2. Flexible beading wires
  3. Scissors
  4. Measuring tape
  5. Crimp beads
  6. Clasps

Once you have collected this stuff from an online store, you can start making some nice necklaces. Here are some steps which will help you do that.

  • Pick suitable beads

Pick beads that are elegant and affordable. You can get wooden, metal or plastic beads from an online crafts store. Check out some very pretty flower shaped dark wood bead packets online. Unique and feminine, these beads can help you create a one of a kind necklace. Don’t forget to check out the 10mm dark brown flower shaped wood beads available at GoodyBeads online.

  • Determine the length of your necklace and cut the beading wire accordingly

Take your beading wire and cut out the required length out of it. You can do this correctly once you have determined the size of your necklace. Make sure you cut out a little extra wire out of the beading wire roll.

  • Slide the crimping bead in the beading wire

Firstly, slide a tiny regular bead into the beading wire. Afterwards, slide the crimping bead. Last but not the least, slide another tiny bead.

  • Equip the beading wire with a clasp

Place one end of the clasp after the crimp bead and make a loop with the beading wire. Now, place the end of the beading wire through the clasp section and the bead-crimp-bead combo. You can use crimping tool or chain nose pliers to crimp the bead in place.

  • Think of a design and lay all the beads accordingly on a flat surface

Think of a good beading design and create the same on a flat but sift surface. You can lay your design on a couch seat. You can also use a bead board for this.

  • Put the beads into the beading wire

Once you are satisfied with the design, you can put the beads into the beading wire.

  • Crimp the second end of the wire

Crimp the beading wire’s second end and make sure you leave some space for the beads to move.

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