This fun and easy DIY bracelet design is a perfect project when you don’t have too much time on your hands but want to have a finished piece of jewelry to match a cute outfit.
What You Need
A pair of scissors
A pair of flat nose pliers
3 strands of these 4mm Czech glass cube beads – I used three different colors: red, yellow and white but you can mix it up any way you like. Each strand is 100 beads and you will have some beads left over.
6 jump rings – 6mm is a good size for these.
12 bead tips
12 Crimp tubes – these won’t show so you can use whatever you have lying around
A clasp – I chose this bar and toggle style clasp because it’s easier to put on with one hand but stays on really well.
About 4ft of Fireline – I used 6lb in Smoke but you can use whatever you have.
Also pictured but not used in these directions is Rolo chain. This is emergency chain – just in case your bracelet is too small or tight, you can add some chain to make it bigger instead of having to restring the beads.
What You Do
1. Cut your Fireline in 6 strands. Depending on the width of your wrist, the length will vary. I also like to have lots of extra string just in case so mine were about 9 inches.
2. Take one crimp bead and thread it on your first strand. It doesn’t matter how far. I like to have extra string at the end but it could be right on the tip if you like.
3. Use your flatnose pliers to flatten your crimp bead. This will anchor your strand of beads.
4. String the bead tip from the other end of your strand with the open top of the clamshell facing towards the crimp bead.
5. Bring the bead tip up and over the crimp tube so that the crimp tube sits inside the bead tip.
6. Use your flatnose pliers to close the bead tip over the crimp tube. Make sure it’s secure.
7. Now you can start stringing your beads. String your cube beads until you have reached the desired length of your bracelet. Three points to remember here: 1) because you’re braiding the strands, expect to make them a bit longer than you would expect, 2) also keep in mind that the clasp will add length to your bracelet and 3) it’s easier to fix this bracelet if it is too tight rather than too loose (by adding emergency chain!)
8. Once you have finished your strand, you have to end it.
9. This time, you will string the bead tip first at the end of your strand of beads.
10. Then string the crimp tube so that again it sits inside the bead tip. Crimp the tube with the flatnose pliers (it’s a little tricky this time) and then close the bead tip over it like previously.
11. Follow the same procedure for the next five strands until you have six same length strands of beads.
12. Next take one jump ring and hook two bead tips on it. I chose to connect the two strands of the same color on each jump ring but you can mix and match them however you like.
13. Use your flatnose pliers to close the bead tip loops on the jump ring.
14. Do the same for the other end and for your other strands as well. Suggestion: I usually like to wait to the very end before I trim my string, however, in this case I would suggest trimming the string at this point because it was a lot trickier later on.
15. Attach each jump ring to one end of the clasp.
16. Braid your beaded strands.
17. Attach the end of your beaded strands to the other part of the clasp.
And voila! You are done with your bracelet.
Now wear and enjoy!