I was looking for supplies to use with a project that I’m working on when I realized that I had a container filled with scrap beading wire. I was saving it thinking that I would make something with them. After several years (no, I’m not kidding), I finally figured out what to make with them: a slim bracelet.
I pulled out some red seed beads from my bead stash and started stringing. I liked the color but still needed to lengthen the strands to make a bracelet. I was going to add jump rings to each end of each strand to make the bracelets. However, I decided to connect the two strands with a scrap piece of chain to make one bracelet.
You can use any type of seed beads or beading wire with this project. Just make certain that you have enough wire left on either strand to thread through the wire guardians and the crimp beads.
Here are the instructions:
1 scrap piece of chain (approximately 1″ long)
2 scrap pieces of beading wire (each approximately 5-7″ long)
2 crimp beads
2 wire guardians
3 5mm jump rings
1 spring clasp
1 pair of wire cutters
1 pair of needle nose pliers
1 pair of bent nose pliers
1 pair of flat nose pliers
Make the beaded strands
String one end of the wire with a seed bead, a crimp bead, a seed bead and a wire guardian. Thread the wire through the other end of the wire guardian, the seed bead, the crimp bead and the other seed bead. Squeeze the crimp bead with the needle nose pliers.
String seed beads on the wire until there are approximately 2″ left. String a crimp bead, a seed bead and a wire guardian. Thread the wire through the other end of the wire guardian, the seed bead, the crimp bead, and the seed bead below it. Squeeze the crimp bead with the needle nose pliers. Trim any excess wire and put the beaded strand aside.
Make another beaded strand following the instructions above. Put that beaded strand aside.
Attach the beaded strands to the chain
Open a jump ring. Thread one beaded strand and one end of the scrap piece of chain through the jump ring. Close the jump ring. Repeat with the other beaded strand and the other end of the chain.
Finish the bracelet
Open another jump ring. Thread one end of the bracelet and a jump ring through. Close the jump ring. Open another jump ring. Thread the other end of the bracelet and the spring clasp through. Close the jump ring.
Try on the bracelet to make certain that it fits. If you need to lengthen it, attach additional jump rings on either side of the bracelet.
Here is the bracelet on me:
I like the slim look of the bracelet. Also, it’s light on my wrist, so it’s easy to wear. I’ll probably wear this with a casual summer dress or with a t-shirt and shorts.
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