Using beads to make Bracelets

How to Make Stretch Bracelets

Stretch Bracelets: Not Just for Kids & Plastic Beads Anymore!

Almost every fashion jewelry designer out there seems to be offering a line of sophisticated, layered stretch bracelets. Stretch bracelets have grown up and can be found sporting all kinds of gemstones, fancy beads and pearls. They are fun and simple to make and much less fussy to construct than other types of bracelets. However, there are some secrets to creating chic and stylish stretch bracelets that won’t fall apart. I am going to share some of my tips on that will stay together and last a long time.

Materials Needed to Make Stretch Bracelets

1. Stretch Cord Some of the common brands include Stretch Magic, Powercord and Opelon. Many of the Jewelry and beading supply companies seem to have their own brand name and at least one brand can be found at your local craft store. As with all stringing materials they come in different mm thicknesses. For most of my stretch bracelets I like to use a .5mm or a 1 mm thickness. They knot easily and fit through most of the holes in the beads I like to use. If you are using particularly heavy beads you can use a thicker cord because the holes usually get a little more generous in bigger beads. Keep in mind, the thicker the cord, the more it it will cost you.

Yes – obviously you need beads. The great thing about stretch bracelets is that you can be more random in your pattern or make multiples of them to layer together and they always look great so it is a nice way to use up odds and end beads you have from other projects. I don’t recommend using rough beads like lava beads, maybe some coral or crystals on thinner stretch cord as they can cut their way into the cord and weaken it over time.

3. GS Hypo Cement I use GS Hypo to put a little dab of glue on my knot in my bracelet to add extra strength. It is intended to glue non-porous materials and the tiny precision applicator makes it easy to get the cement right where you need it.

Marian Rose Petal Rosary.each Piece in Our Rose Petal Collection Is Imported Directly From Italy and Is Crafted Using Finely Detailed Rose-shaped Our Father Beads. These Unique Pieces Are Sure to Make Great Spiritual Gifts for Those with a Special Devotion to the Blessed Mother. Rosary Comes in a Beautiful Metal Rose-shaped Gift Box. -- Oxidized Silver, 6 Mm Rose Scented Wood Bead, Rose-shaped Metal of Beads -- 24.25" L
Jewelry (ML001)
  • Gifts
  • Qty 1
You might also like:
How to Bead Weave a Twin Bead Bracelet Using a Circular Stitch
How to Bead Weave a Twin Bead Bracelet Using a Circular Stitch
Antelope Beads - How to Make a Multi-Strand Bracelet Using
Antelope Beads - How to Make a Multi-Strand Bracelet Using ...
BEADNOVA Beadnova 1.5 mm Genuine Round Leather Cords For Bracelet Neckacle Beading Jewelry Making 10 meter / 11 Yard(08.Brown)
Art and Craft Supply (BEADNOVA)
  • Color: Brown (Please Bear in Mind That Photo May Slightly Different From Actual Item in Terms of Color Due to the Lighting During Photo Shooting or the Monitor s...
  • Size: 1.5 mm
  • Shape: Round Shape
  • Quantity: 1 Rope / Length: 10 mm / 10 Yard
  • We manufacture for Genuine leather cords. We offer an extensive gamut of round leather cords which is available in different sizes, qualities and packing. These...
How To Make a Kumihimo Bead Bracelet Using Long Magatama Beads
How To Make a Kumihimo Bead Bracelet Using Long Magatama Beads
Using Memory Wire with Beads to make a bracelet.
Using Memory Wire with Beads to make a bracelet.
White Howlite Turquoise Carved Skull Loose Beads 15.5"L (Medium Size) [15 INCHES OF SKULL BEADS ON STRING WITHOUT HOOKS ] EASY TO [Make your own POWER NECKLACE OR BRACELETS ] - From Hibiscus Express
Art and Craft Supply ([15 INCHES OF SKUL - White Howlite Turquoise Carved Skull Loose Beads 15.5"L [could convert into POWER NECKLACE] * Weight: (Approx.) 60 grams Bead size: (Approx.) 10X12X12 mm Length: (Approx.) 15.5 inches Material: Howlite Turquoise Conversion: 25.4mm=1 inch 5carats=1 gram * This is a 15.5" strand of WHITE HOWLITE TURQUOISE LOOSE BEAD . Great piece for jewelry designer and gem collector. You will receive a similar item as pictured.* As early as 4000 - 5000 BCE humans, first in the Sinai region of Egypt, and a millennium later in Mesoamerica and China, were mining and working turquoise into jewelry and ceremonial objects. It was so highly valued in Eqypt * There is an avid collector market for turquoise, with sibling rivalry amongst the various enthusiasts who see virtue in different colors, matrix variations and mine sites. Just as no gem collection would be complete without several representatives of this species, so no jewelry collection should be without at least one piece featuring this well beloved December birthstone gem. * Howlite Healing Stones Gently absorbs and uplifts stress, tension, anxiety, emotional intensity, etc. Quietly loving, calming. Works with the heart center, bringing greater gentleness, patience, tact. Helps bones, teeth, and other calcium aspects of body. * Ancients believe using a string of "beads" made from crystal healing stones, or individual pieces work extremely well for whatever the crystal healing stone is intended to do. * They are made from the best of the stones available, and the more stones in the a string the better. * Howlite is a natural calming stone, assists one with reasoning, provides patience, enhances observation while allowing one to remember. * Howlite is a good stone for pain relief, while others feel it is good for eliminating stress, rage and bad behavior. Good for those who tend to be rude to others. Can be helpful in balancing calcium levels and or disorders of the bone, teeth and tissue.)
  • White Howlite Turquoise Carved Skull Loose Beads 15.5 L [could convert into POWER NECKLACE] * Weight: (Approx.) 60 gramsBead size: (Approx.) 10X12X12 mmLength:...
  • from SUPER FAST SHIPPER HIBISCUS EXPRESS, http://.amazon.com/shops/AXD9LOVGJXES3* Color may vary slightly due to the color calibration of each individual monitor
  • BRAND NEW - STILL IN ORIGINAL FACTORY SEALED PACKAGE from Hibiscus Express ..Comes with a NO QUESTIONS ASKED REPLACEMENT OR REFUND WITHIN 7 DAYS OF RECEIPT IF NOT...
  • [15 INCHES OF SKULL BEADS ON STRING WITHOUT HOOKS ] EASY TO [Make your own POWER NECKLACE OR BRACELETS ]
Kurtzy Set of 3 Jewellery Making Craft DIY Pliers Tool Set- Flat Nosed, Wire Cutter, Round Nosed by Curtzy TM
Home (Kurtzy)
  • BRILLIANT TOOLS-Pliers are always helpful to have around the house to help with simple DIY, crafts, jewellery making and more! Our set of pliers include the 3 most...
  • BEST QUALITY- The plier handles are covered in a strong PVC coating with padded handles for easy use and a comfortable grip. They also work using a single leaf spring...
  • MEASUREMENTS- The mini pliers set are great for delicate and small jobs such as beading, watch repair and jewellery making. Each pair measures 6.5cm in width (2.5...
  • Supplied in Curtzy branded packaging
  • USES- The Flat Nose Pliers mean that the tong head is flat. It is used to bend sheet metal or metal wire into the shape. The flat surface will hold any jewellery...
Beadaholique Hemp 1mm Twine Bead Cord, 29.5-Feet, Natural
Art and Craft Supply (Beadaholique)
  • Another colorful option for your wire work!
  • Anodized Aluminum wire won t rust and resists tarnish
  • Recommended to be bent with nylon jaw pliers
Related Posts