Now that Halloween is behind us, it’s time to
eat up all that leftover candy! Erm, no… how about instead we seriously think about Christmas gifts?
For those of you crafters who like to make your own gifts, here’s a great quick project.
Stretch bracelets are fun to make, because you don’t have to deal with clasps and such. They’re also easy to wear, for the same reason. 🙂
I got these sea glass beads at a bead show I attended recently. These blue ones are pretty, but you should have seen the reds, yellows and oranges. They looked positively edible. (I must have candy on the brain, lol.)
Anyhow, enjoy the project. Be sure to watch the video and/or read the directions, as I give a few hints that will make the process easier and the bracelet better.
- six 20mm sea glass beads
- 12 bead caps
- six 9mm accent beads
- 10 inches beading elastic
- super glue
Tip: Don’t cut the elastic from the spool before stringing your beads. This gives you a built-in bead stop.
Pre-stretch approximately 10 inches of elastic before starting to string your beads.
String the following pattern six times, having bead caps facing sea glass beads:
bead cap > sea glass bead > bead cap > accent bead
To tie off elastic, wrap right end over left twice and pull snug; then wrap left over right twice and pull tight.
Pull knot slightly away from bead it is closest to and add a drop of super glue into hole of bead. Gently pull elastic until knot is inside bead with glue. Allow to dry thoroughly before trimming elastic ends.