Make a statement with your jewellery by adding multiple strands to your bracelet. Spacer bars allow you to create a structured looking piece with your favourite beads. Make each row a different colour to create an eclectic look, or string a single type of bead for a sleeker, simple look. You'll save money on store-bought jewellery by making your own, and you'll add an accessory to your collection that perfectly matches your sense of style.
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Things you need
- Beading wire
- 8 crimp beads
- 4-strand slide lock clasp
- Crimping pliers
- 2 spacer bars (4-hole)
Cut four lengths of wire about 6 inches longer than you want your finished bracelet. An average adult bracelet should measure between 7 and 8 inches.
Add a crimp bead to your first piece of wire. Pass the wire through the first hole on one half of the clasp, and bring the wire end back through the crimp bead to form a loop. Tighten the loop and crimp in place. Repeat for each wire length.
Lay out your beads in four rows as you want them to look on the finished bracelet. The length of each row should measure 1/2 inch shorter than your finished piece. Place the spacer bars a third of the way and two thirds of the way down the length of beads.
String all the beads up to the first spacer bar onto their respective wires. String the spacer bar onto all four wires to help maintain the shape of the bracelet. Repeat with the next set of beads, the next spacer bar and the final set of beads.
Add a crimp bead to each wire. Attach each wire to its corresponding loop on the other side of clasp by passing the wire end through the loop and back through the crimp bead. Pull tight and crimp in place.
Run all the wire tails back through the beads on each strand to hide them.
Tips and warnings
- Take you time laying out the design of your bracelet to ensure you're happy with the look before you begin stringing.
- Omit the spacer bars for a more fluid, less structured bracelet.
- Small beads and jewellery parts are a choking hazard for young children.
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