This simple beaded bracelet is a perfect beginner bracelet project.
Knowing what beads to use in your beaded jewellery designs can be tricky when you are a beginner. Its tempting to use all the same beads, but mixing beads of different colours and shapes together can look really great! The trick is to have a common colour palette or tone and then use some smaller beads that complement them to bring it all together. I’ve gone for pastel toned beads, with a purple seed bead.
You will need:
-Mixed Glass Beads, mine are from these Czech glass mixes and some seed beads, any size will do.
-Chain nose pliers and cutters
–Optional Wire Guardians
1.Cut a length of beading wire about 30cm/12 inches long
2.Thread two crimps onto the beading wire along with a wire guardian. I use two crimps for extra security- bracelets have to put up with a lot of punishment! Take the tail round the guardian and back through the crimps and squash them using your chain nose pliers. You do this without the wire guardians, just leave a small loop of beading wire instead
3.Start threading on your beads, alternating your main beads with smaller seed beads inbetween.
4.Continue adding beads, remembering to leave room for the other wire guardian and the clasp, they take up more room than you think!
5.Once you have enough beads on, add on two more crimps and the other wire guardian.
6.Bring the beading wire down through the other side of the wire guardian, both crimps and through the first few beads. Squash the crimps.
7.Trim off the excess beading wire.
8. Finish by adding the clasp using a jump ring.
TIP If you don’t have quite enough beads to go all the way around, use an extension chain to make up the difference!