I did design mine a little different, but Terry’s tutorial is spot-on, so if you like this project, be sure to go check it out. (And a little disclaimer here – the silver strand at the bottom isn’t part of my bracelet, it’s a silver bracelet my husband picked up for me as a gift that I never take off. In fact, if you look at any of my other bracelet posts, I’m sure you’ll see it every time, LOL.)
Terry used 4 strands of color-coordinated seed beads in her bracelet. There was a beautiful uniformity to it. And upon raiding my stash, I discovered… I did not have an adequate supply of seed beads for any one color scheme. In fact, what kept jumping out at me were these green stone beads that I’ve coveted in my stash for so long, I can’t even remember what kind of stone they are. So I thought, well, why not? This is as good a time as any to finally use them! I wear a lot of green anyway… much of the reason they ended up in my collection in the first place. So I started with that strand, and picked out some varying sizes and textures instead, since I knew I couldn’t match the stones. I settled on large seed beads, small seed beads, a strand of sparkly and faceted beads, and my stone beads.
I cut my bead cord twice as long as it needed to be to give me plenty of slack when I tied the clasp onto the ends. When I started a strand, I tied a small seed bead to the end of my cord so that I didn’t accidentally lose my beads while I worked!
It took me about an hour to string them. It took me another half hour to figure out how I was going to attach six strands to my clasp securely. :) So you can save yourself about twenty five minutes by following this advice: I wouldn’t try to tie more than three or four strands on at the same time.
I finally ended up splitting my six strands half and half. I threaded a crimp bead onto three strands, and fed it through the eye of my clasp. I double-knotted it, fed the tail ends back through the crimp bead, and crimped it before trimming off the ends. Here you can see the first three strands attached, and I’m about to knot the second three and thread the tails back through the crimp bead, then crimped it to hold the knot in place. I used the loose end of my bead strands for this photo, because taking photos while trying not to drop your beads is tempting fate for someone clumsy like me. ;)
Finally, I got it all tied together. I didn’t worry about the strands being exactly straight, because I knew I was still going to twist the strands together anyway.
The twisting instructions seemed complicated when I first looked at them, but when I had my bracelet in my hand, it made perfect sense, and it was actually quite easy. I am not going to attempt to explain it – I think Terry said it best already, and she shows you with photos!
So now I’m feeling all fabulous with yet another stash-busting project around my wrist. My husband thinks it’s “funky”… whatever that means? Hey, he actually noticed it, which is good enough for me. What are you making from your stash lately?
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