By Charlotte of Lotts and Lots
It’s been a while but I’m back with another fab bracelet tutorial for you all – just in time for the holiday season. If you’re looking for an idea to make your loved one or just for yourself, I seriously recommend giving these a go. They are perfect for beginners, as they are really simple to put together, but also perfect for your purse, as the materials are inexpensive – you should be able to pick up everything at your local craft store.
- Cord – I went for a mix of gold, silver and mauve
- Cord ends
- 7mm Jump rings
- Bolt clasps
- Fine wire
- Seed beads
- Strong glue
- Tape (optional)
Cut a length of cord the same width as your wrist. I found it easier to wrap a piece of tape around my cord to stop the ends from fraying.
Apply a dab of glue to the inside of your cord end, leave to dry for a few minutes and then insert your cord. Repeat on the other side and then leave to dry.
Cut a length of wire 40 – 50cm long about 10cm from the end wrap tightly around the cord a few times. The beaded section on these bracelets is 5cm long so I started to wrap 2.5cm from the centre of the bracelet.
Start to add your beads, thread on about 7cm worth of beads at a time and then wrap the beads around the cord.
When you get to the end of your beaded section, wrap the end of the wire tightly around the cord and snip off any excess wire. I tucked the sharp end of the wire into the cord to so it wouldn’t catch.
As an alternative you could wrap diamante chain onto your cord: apply in exactly the same way as your seed beads. This version is even easier!
Add a jump ring to one end of the bracelet and a bolt clasp to the other end of the bracelet.
That’s it simple and beautiful, just what we all need at this time of year!