Women and girls accessorise their outfits with fashionable bracelets daily. Generally, men and boys don't include bracelets in their wardrobe to avoid appearing feminine. Bracelets created with a manly style in mind are acceptable accessories for boys. Beginner jewellers can use a few tools to create fashionable, masculine bracelets for boys.
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Things you need
- Elastic jewellery cord
- Paper clips
Design the bracelet before you shop for beads. Beads come in hundreds of colours, shapes and sizes. However, boys don't want to wear feminine bracelets. Choose colours and designs that portray a masculine style, such as those in metal, natural materials like stone and wood, and dark-coloured beads.
Buy elastic cord instead of wire or string. Bracelets made with elastic cords don't require a lot of tools; this type of bracelet is optimal for beginning jewellers. Carefully choose the cord. Cheaper cords fray and loose their shape quicker. Choose a different brand if you are able to see the elastic underneath the thread when you stretch it or the thread shreds.
Look at the hole size of the beads before you purchase them. If the holes are too small, choose different beads or a narrower cord.
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Determine the length of the bracelet. Boys don't wear dangling bracelets, so choose a length that would fit close to the wrist. Remember that the cord stretches; don't make the cord too long.
Cut the cord with the scissors.
Remove all frayed edges and loose strings to stop the cord from unravelling.
Layout the bead design on the table. Prepare the bead pattern before hand so you don't have to continually take the beads off of the cord to correct the pattern.
Place a paper clip on one end of the cord and put the beads on. Leave enough space at the ends to tie the cord.
Lay the bracelet flat on the table and remove the paper clip. Do not lift either side of the bracelet until the ends are tied. Tie the ends together in a knot; make the knot as tight as possible. Cut off extra length, but don't incidentally cut into the knot.
Tips and warnings
- Don't choose delicate glass or hollow beads for active boys.
- Don't add charms to the design unless the wearer specifically asks for them because they appear feminine.
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