These beautiful bracelets are so easy to make and really inexpensive. They make great gifts and are really enjoyable to make. You do not need jewellery making skills or training. Older kids can get involved too. This is a full tutorial to show you how to make great bracelets for very little expense.
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You will need:
Memory bracelet wire (available from Amazon)
Beads of your choice (many available from Amazon)
Round nosed pliers and wire cutters (starter set from Amazon)
If you prefer, a starter jewellery making kit may be a good idea to allow you to experiment further. A couple are shown below.
Lay out your beads that you want to use so that you can see clearly what you have and decide upon a design. You will notice that mine are all laid on a piece of felt. I recommend a piece of felt or fabric so that your beads do not roll away.
Unless you are doing a random design now is the time to lay it out so that you can check that you have enough of each bead and copy it throughout the build process.
Cut a piece of the memory wire with as many turns as you would like. My pink bracelet here has approximately 4 turns. If you want to finish with 4 turns then cut about 4.25 turns to allow for finishing the ends.
Use the round nosed pliers to bend one end of the wire into a circular shape. This will prevent the beads from falling off the wire. Once you have bent the wire use pliers to squeeze the wire circle closed.
Start feeding the beads onto the end of the wire that has not been bent. The easiest way, particularly with small beads, is to pick the bead up off the felt using the wire so that it ends up on the wire.
Continue until you have completed your pattern.
Check that you are happy with it and then repeat until you have filled your wire or decided you have enough. Take a look at your bracelet and make sure you are happy with it before moving onto step 4.
Using the round nose pliers form a circle on the final end of the wire. This will prevent the beads from escaping off either end of the bracelet.
Over to you:
You have completed your first bracelet and how easy was that? You can make these bracelets so easily that you can make lots of different colours and you can make them for quick gifts. Perhaps you could make them for a charity sale event.
I have made several bracelets and used different beads and different lengths of wire to give different effects. Take a look for some inspiration:
You can make earrings to match your bracelets and I will be doing a tutorial on that next week. Here it is at Bead Earrings – super quick method
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