The craft of beading allows you to make inexpensive gifts or your own unique jewellery. There is no limit to the styles of earrings, necklaces and bracelets you can make except for the number of beads you have. Beaded bracelets can be a single strand of beads, an array of many strands clasped together or a complex pattern of interwoven beads and wire. Regardless of how complex your designs become, you don't want ends sticking out and snagging clothes, causing scratches or detracting from the beauty of your project.
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Things you need
- Bracelet end fasteners (this example uses screw fasteners)
- Beading wire (length and gauge will vary between projects)
- Needle-nose pliers
- Wire cutters
Bend the wire at one end. This example describes a simple, one-strand bracelet and you only need to bend a small length; for more complex projects you may need to bend the wire in half or even in thirds. The wire in this example is bent to make a one-inch hook at one end.
Slip one half of your screw fastener (there is a hole or a ring on the end to thread the wire through) so it rests in the crook of the hook. Using the needle-nose pliers, twist the wire once or twice to secure the fastener onto the wire. The fastener should hang loosely on the loop you made.
Thread the first few beads of your bracelet over the wire so your beads hide the loose end. By doing this, a few beads at the end of your bracelet will have a double thickness of wire under them. Continue to thread beads on until your bracelet is the desired length.
Trim the wire with the wire cutters so there is only about an inch extra at the end. Make another hook at the loose end of your bracelet, and thread the other half of the fastener on so it rests in the crook. Use the needle-nose pliers to make a couple twists in the wire to form a loop; again, this loop should allow the fastener to hang freely.
Hide the free end of the wire by grasping it with the needle-nose pliers and feeding it through a few of the beads at the end of the bracelet. Keep feeding it through enough beads to completely hide the loose end.
Tips and warnings
- There are many types of fasteners and bracelet styles. Not all bracelet projects will use this exact method to hide the ends, but the concept is similar.
- This method can be used for string and bead bracelets, too. Just tuck the loose ends under a few end beads.
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