Elevated Black Bead Bracelet
Last week, I hosted a cocktail party that included a fun and creative craft where my guests made some cute bead bracelets. It was such a hit that I wanted to share this DIY jewelry project! This Elevated Black Bead Bracelet is just one variation that you can make, there are literally hundreds of beads in different colors, shapes and sizes that would work equally well for this. I’ve made many basic bead bracelets, but for this project I wanted to elevate the style by stacking three bracelets and securing them with a pretty pearl clasp. The clasp is removable, so if you already have bead bracelets at home, consider combining different ones and colors. I want to give a shout out to my friend Kirstin who was sporting a similar bracelet which was my inspiration for this one. Below are the photos and step-by-step instructions.
- .8mm Powercord, also know as stretchy bead cord, it is a clear elastic cord that is ideal for making bracelets (you need 8-9″ for each bracelet)
- 6mm or 8mm beads (you need 20-24 beads for the average 6-7″ wrist) – here is a link to similar beads that I used, they are sold by the strand and one 16″ strand should be just enough to make two bracelets
- 14mm or 16mm Pearl (a fresh water pearl would be beautiful)
- 1mm round leather lace (you need 3-4″)
- a pair of scissors or small pliers
String 20-24 beads on to the powercord adding more if needed so it fits comfortably around your wrist. Tie the ends of the powercord with a regular square knot, and then make the same knot twice more pulling the ends tightly. You can dab clear nail polish on the knot to help keep it from untying, but I’ve found that if you pull the powercord tightly it holds just fine.
Make three bracelets.
String a large bead onto the round leather cord.
Tie the end with a square knot and pull the pearl down onto the knot to tighten the knot. Cut off the excess leather cord very close to the knot.
Form a loop with the other end of the cord and tie a square knot and then tie another square knot on top.
This is what the clasp will look like, cut off the excess leather cord close to the knot.
Put the clasp around the bracelets and take the loop and put it over the pearl. Imagine the clasp as a pony tail holder!
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