I’ve been seeing tube bead bracelets on Craftgawker and Pinterest, and they are so pretty. I didn’t invent this particular layered style, but I wanted to make my version as simple as possible – no special knots, and an easy-to-remove clasp. What do you think?
I have had these little tube beads forever in my stash – seriously, they are probably ten or twelve years old! I also have a lot of hemp twine around from the woven bracelets I enjoy making – so everything for tonight’s project came from my stash, but you should be able to find it pretty easily at most craft stores.
I will mention one thing – every time I make layered bracelets with these end caps, you ALWAYS ask where I found them and what size they are. I get them at Hobby Lobby, they are the Jewelry Shoppe brand, and I can only estimate that they are about 3 mm. ;)
First, figure out how many strands of twine will fit in the cap. In my case, it was 14, but if your twine is thicker or if your end caps are a different size, you may have a different number. Cut however many strands you need. Depending on the size of your wrist, you will want a finished length between 6 and 6.5 inches. Whatever you decide – cut them a little longer to work with – I cut mine to 7.5 inche while I worked.
Add a dab of jewelry glue or super glue to the inside of the end cap, and put all the strands into the cap. Give it a moment to dry, then you can begin threading your beads on.
I added mine at random. Some strands had 2 or 3 beads, some just had one.
Then, gather the other end of your strands together.
Cut them off even at whatever length you decided (in my case, that was 6.5 inches).
Glue the other end cap on.
Then, add a clasp onto the end. Any kind of clasp you like is fine – my personal preference is a lobster clasp.
Try it on – do you like it??
It’s a simple style that works well with all kinds of looks. I love the different tones of brown!