I have a few other projects I have already made that I’ll be showing you in the coming days and weeks, but I LOVE how this one turned out (no pun intended there).
Consumer Crafts has a full line of craft supplies – not just jewelry components. But being the jewelry fan that I am, that’s where I headed first! These bar beads caught my eye and went straight into my cart – these are unlike anything I’ve seen in stores, so naturally, I *had* to have them. ;)
I made up a little list of things I used for this bracelet in case you’d like to check it out for yourself. If I didn’t use the product from Consumer Crafts, I made a note below that it was from my stash. :)
Word Bar Beads – it’s a pack of 4, so you can make several!
Waxed Linen Cord (I agonized, but finally decided on brown – though I bought both brown and black)
Glue-on End Cap and clasp (I used another brand from my stash for this project)
Purple faceted Czech glass beads
Round silver-plated beads
Textured silver-plated beads
Star-shaped beads – the ones I used are from my stash, but the website does have hematite or silver-plated star-shaped beads that would work.
You will also need some scissors for this project, but no specialty tools.
For multi-strand bracelets like this, I really like to use glue-on end caps. This is one of the things I didn’t get from Consumer Crafts because I have a lot on-hand already, though they do sell them. Trim up some bracelet-length pieces of cord to see how many your end caps will fit. I cut my cord to about 9″ to work with, and trimmed it down at the end. My caps accommodated 10 strands. Just add a bit of glue in the end of the cap, I tend to fill it about halfway. Make sure the ends of your cord are even, and put them in there. Jewelry glue is just like superglue – it dries really fast with a strong bond, so don’t get any on you. :) Just twist the cord around in there to make sure all the strands are secure.
Take a moment to separate your strands. Your bracelet will look better if it’s not all twisted when you start – a little twisting is good, but you just don’t want it looking really tangled.
Now, begin threading your beads on. I went for a totally random beading, and added about 15-20 beads to each strand. I really liked working with the waxed linen – it holds its shape. If it starts to unravel, all you have to do is press it back together and it holds a point well enough to thread your beads onto easily.
When I got to adding the “Love” bar, I just put a few beads on first, then threaded it onto two strands (they have two holes each). When you like the looks of it, arrange your strands however you like – mainly, you just want to make sure they aren’t all twisted up. Double-check your length against your wrist to be sure it’s going to fit. Then, just trim the ends, and glue the other end cap on.
That’s it! It makes up really quickly, for such a fun effect!
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