Jewellery Making Tutorial – Beaded bracelet

Hi!!

I thought I would try to mix this blog up a bit so here is my first tutorial. I hope you like it and, as always, questions and comments are more than welcome!

Some weeks ago I saw a beautiful bracelet online and decided to give it a try. It suits casual or smarter outfits and this technique can be used to create countless pieces as it is quite simple – of course it does require that little bit of patience.

20141107_203854Keep in mind that my first attempt was for something I would wear, hence the size (my wrist is really thin)! You can easily adapt this and use other beads and jump rings colours and sizes.

The principle, of course, is the same, so please see below the materials used and steps taken.

First, get your materials together:

With my modest experience (and since I get confused and overwhelmed easily), I’ve come to find it’s a lot better to ensure I have everything I need to hand, so I do not need to interrupt the jewellery making process to get something that may be missing.

In this case, I used:

  • 4mm black glass beads
  • 7mm silver jump rings
  • A clasp
  • 5mm jump rings (3)

As tools, I chose 2 flat nose pliers (this may vary, depending on your preference – occasionally, I prefer to use a flat nose pliers and a round nose pliers).

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We’re ready to start!

  • My supplier sends the jump rings ready for use. If this is not the case, open the jump ring using your pliers.

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Tip: When opening or closing a jump ring, always move one side back and the other forward. Do not move them away from each other in an attempt to increase the area of the circle as this will re-shape the jump ring.page2

  • Insert two beads into the jump ring and, using the method shown before, close it.

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  • Insert a new jump ring into the first one, keeping one bead to each side. When this is done, close it.

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  • Repeat this process as many times as required.
  •  When the length desired is reached, and using the same process as before to connect one jump ring to another, add a 5mm jump ring at one end of the bracelet and before closing it, insert the clasp.

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  •  At the other end of the bracelet, insert the remaining two 5mm jump rings.

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Here is the end result!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed the tutorial and have found it useful. Any questions, please ask 😉

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