How to make bead bracelet patterns

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How to make bead bracelet patterns
Beaded bracelet (Judith Williams)

Creating beaded bracelets is a fun hobby, or can be a creative way to earn extra cash. It is easy to learn how to string a beaded bracelet, but often it is coming up with a creative design that is difficult. Proper organisation, and layout of the beads is essential in the design creation process of beaded bracelets.

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Things you need

  • Beads
  • 2 bead storage containers
  • Bead board
  • Pen
  • Notebook

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  1. 1

    Purchase a bead board, bead storage containers, and a variety of beads. Look for a storage container that has many sections for organising. This will make it easier when you design your bracelet. These items can be found at the local craft store.

  2. 2

    Find a flat, well-lit surface to work on. Set out the bead board, and place each type of bead in its own compartment. It works best to place light colours in one container, and dark colours in another. Save the tags for each bead type, and place them in the compartments with the beads. This will make it easy to record the style, colour and size later.

  3. 3

    Look at the beads in both organisers. Try to find coordinating colours and shapes. Dark and light contrasting colours look nice together, as well as pastels. Once you have a design in mind, begin placing the beads on one of the bead board tracks. Play around with colours and shapes until you come up with a design that you like.

  4. 4

    Write down the colour combination. Use the notebook to write down the bead colour, style and size. Make a note of the order in which they are laid out, and name the design. Naming the design makes it easier to reference later. String the beads or place them back in the container. Repeat the process to create new designs.

Tips and warnings

  • Take photos of the design layouts for future reference.
  • Beads are small and roll easily. Keep them on the bead board or in the container to avoid losing them.

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