Tube Bead Bracelet

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?

Tube Bead Bracelet

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.

Tube Bead Bracelet

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. ;)

Tube Bead Bracelet

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.

Tube Bead Bracelet

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.

Tube Bead Bracelet

Cut them off even at whatever length you decided (in my case, that was 6.5 inches).

Tube Bead Bracelet

Glue the other end cap on.

Tube Bead Bracelet

 

Then, add a clasp onto the end.  Any kind of clasp you like is fine – my personal preference is a lobster clasp.

Tube Bead Bracelet

 

 

Try it on – do you like it??

Tube Bead Bracelet

 

 

It’s a simple style that works well with all kinds of looks.  I love the different tones of brown!

Tube Bead Bracelet

 

Adrianne

Comments

  1. says

    You always inspire me with your bracelets. My wrists are so small, I don’t wear bracelets often because they are always too big. This one is so earthy and casual, I love it. I’d love to make one for myself, thanks for the how-to!

  2. Heather says

    You make me want to get out all of my jewelry supplies and make stuff! I love all of your bracelets.

  3. Kirsten says

    Adrianne, this is so pretty! I have one of these bracelets but never realized how simple they were to make. Great tutorial! (Great nail color, too, by the way.) ;) Hey, I’m hosting a brand new linky party starting today – would love for you to come link up! Happy Monday!

  4. Ashley says

    You are so inspiring – I love all the jewelry you make. I have so much jewelry making stuff and need to get back into it – this would be the perfect project!! This is something I could wear everyday.

  5. Marilyn says

    Adrianne, your jewelry tutorials are just amazing….everything is so straight forward and yet so stunning! LOVE them all!

  6. Misfit Momma aka Missy says

    You make it look so easy! I still have a little collection of beads I had got my Dad to buy when I was a teenager but was never creative enough to do anything besides string them onto a single strand lol. This tempts me to pull them out and see if I can make something worthwhile… or get some new beads!

  7. Nancy says

    Love this bracelet. Are the tube beads 1/2 inch long or 1 inch long? It is so hard to tell size from the pictures.

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