This bracelet takes a little bit of time to make, but it is oh-so worth it. You can choose to stop at just the center section and still have a wavy shaped bracelet, but adding the beaded borders along the sides is the crowning touch.
Either way be sure to watch the video for my tips on choosing beads that will work best in this project, not all will give you the effect you are looking for.
All the lovely strands of Czech fire polish beads that I’ve received in recent months from my Dollar Bead Bag subscription are what got me started on today’s bracelet.
I knew they would look really pretty together as a multi-strand bracelet.
Using a slide/tube clasp keeps the design simple and the focus on the beads. I added in just a few copper spacer beads to fill out the strands and tie all five of them together. The colors were inspired by summer and by the Summer Gypsy Earrings I made recently.
This bracelet has five strands, but add more if you like!
I ended up using three of my strands of Czech fire polish beads: Opaque Red Vintage Bronze Luster, Light Erinite and Crystal Light Beige Luster. These were filled in with some small turquoise nuggets and a strand of frosted orange glass seed beads.
You may have noticed some larger beads on my work table that I didn’t end up using in the finished bracelet. I had thought when I began to throw a few cute beads onto headpins and make a couple dangles near the clasp, but ended up changing my mind on that.
Picture how elegant this bracelet would look with all the strands the exact same beads. Simple and sophisticated. It would also be pretty done in ombré shades.
The first time I encountered directions for making a memory wire bracelet I thought it was a fairly basic piece of jewelry and one that you would only make once. Since then, however, I have been fascinated to discover all the different ways you can use memory wire and even all the different configurations you can have for just a single long length.
Here are a few of the memory wire videos on my YouTube channel.
Today’s project is the longest memory wire bracelet I’ve made. It gives the look of a stack of seven bangles. To get this design right takes a little bit of planning, but most of your time will be spent stringing all those beads. Because three of the “bangles” are duplicated I needed quite a few beads and necessitated a trip to the craft store to fill out what was already in my stash. Always a fun necessity!
In the tools and materials I have links for as many of the products I used as I can find online. But I strongly suggest that you first raid your stash and see what you already have that you can use. Then, like me, you can fill in the corners with a fun trip to the bead store. 🙂
If you’ve been watching my Friday findings videos for any time at all you’ve probably realized that I love not only discovering new jewelry findings that I haven’t used before, but also figuring out unique and different ways of using them.
I love the sleek look of these magnetic clasps, and I also love the fact that they are easy to fasten because of the magnetic closure, but secure because of the design. These findings were designed to accept the cut ends of leather cording, making what could be rather masculine bracelets, certainly on trend with all of the dyed and interesting different types of leather cord available now.
I decided to try something different with these and used multiple lengths of hemp cord. Stringing a few small beads onto several of the cords adds a decorative touch without being overwhelming.
Probably the trickiest part of this project is getting the cords glued neatly into the findings. I tried a couple different ways and in the video I show you what worked best for me.
This is a fun project because it only uses three jewelry components: the clasp, the cord and the beads. For tools all you need are glue, a toothpick and some scissors.
I call the bracelet “Storms and Sunshine” because the gray & blue cords make me think of stormy skies, but the brass beads are bright and sunny. Perhaps a bit too poetic? But better than “Magnetic Clasp Bracelet With Multiple Strands of Hemp Cord and Brass Beads,” methinks. 🙂
In last week’s video I showed you how to make two of the focal beads for this half-and-half bracelet. The other half consists of strung beads, which, as I mentioned in the video, it’s a good idea to choose first. It’s easier to choose your purchased beads or from among your stash and then match the polymer clay beads to those rather than the other way around.
In this week’s video I will show you how to make a really pretty decorative copper hook clasp and then how to use waxed linen twine to string your whole bracelet together.
This is a nice project for using up small amounts of special beads, as each of our four strands is only about 3 to 3 1/2 inches long. You do have to make sure, though, that the beads you choose will allow a strand of waxed linen to go through them.
Here’s yet another way to use memory wire. I love how this design looks like a stack of bangles, but is so easy to wear and take on & off.
When I was first figuring out how to put this bracelet together I thought I had a very clever idea for using memory wire bead ends to make a neat finish (rather than just loops) on the wire that all the memory wire loops go through.
I glued a memory wire bead end onto each of the two pieces of 20 gauge wire, let the glue cure and them proceeded with adding the memory wire loops and spacers. Then I trimmed the wire, added a dab of epoxy and the other memory wire bead end…
… and wondered how on earth to hold that little tiny bead in place while the glue finished curing!
Short of sitting there for an hour holding it with my fingers, of course. :-/
And so, I went back to just making a loop on both ends of those pieces of wire. If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them, as that really would be a much nicer finish.
Some folks love to create complex bead weaving designs, often using only little tiny seed beads. They build amazingly intricate patterns and scenes that leave me in awe of their skill and in fear for their eyesight.
from Ibolya’s Etsy shop Ibics
Like the stunning example above from this Pinterest board on Free Form Bead Weaving. (Click on the link to see more jaw dropping designs.)
This is NOT the type of bead weaving I do.
I got over making bigger things out of many, many tiny things back in my counted cross stitch days. 🙂
The bracelet I show you today is made with 6mm pearl beads. If you want to use larger beads, you can, but you may have to adjust the number of seed beads in between in order to get the spacing to look right.
I really wanted to do this using 6mm Swarovski bicones, as they nest together nicely in the clusters of four, but I didn’t have the colors I felt like using. Guess it’s time for some Swarovski shopping!
It must be summertime, with beachy cocktails on the brain, if this is the best title I can come up with for this bracelet. 🙂
This beadweaving technique is one of the most basic, and often a starting point for more complicated designs. I love it because with a change of bead shapes & sizes you get a completely different look.
My ladder weave bracelet is done exactly the same way. Can you see the pattern?