Lesson: Stretch Beaded Jewelry

Learn how to make classic stretch beaded jewelry with a polished finish.

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step one

Measure your wrist to determine your bracelet size.

You’ll want your stretch bracelet to be a bit looser than your wrist size. If you don’t have a tape measure handy, you can use your string to take a measurement of your wrist, then plan your pattern length accordingly.

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step two

Choose your beads and lay them out in a pattern. (A bead board really helps with this!) The pattern can be anything you like! Create a repeating pattern, color block, totally random -- whatever calls to you!

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step three

Once your pattern is complete, cut a piece of your desired string ~12” and fold a washi tape flag around one end, close to the end of the string.

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step four

Use a beading needle to string all beads onto the string. Carefully cut or slide off the washi tape flag.

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step five

Use a crimp bead to close your stretch bracelet, threading the ends of the bracelet into the crimping bead in opposite directions. Pull tight to remove any slack.

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step six

Flatten the crimping bead with pliers.

Alternatively: You can skip the crimp bead and tie ends together with a triple knot, securing the knot with a dot of jewelry cement. Give your bracelet a few pulls to make sure the knot is secure, then cover the knot with a crimp cover. Trim the excess string.

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step seven

Optional: For extra security, you can add a small amount of jewelry cement around the crimp bead and let it dry.

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step eight

Conceal the crimping bead with a crimping bead cover by gently pinching the “C”-shaped cover with flat-nose jewelry pliers until it becomes an “O” shape.

Cut the excess string.

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step nine

Show it off, and make a hundred more!


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