Cape Cod Stretchy Bracelet

bracelet measures 6.50"

bracelet measures 6.50"

 

These pearls bring me back in years to a time when I used to gather basketfuls of ripe cranberries on the Cape. Silver seed beads dot the ends of these pearls which are strung onto stretchy cord for an easy to assemble bracelet. Double loops in wire headpins prevent the cord from accidentally slipping out which is what might happen if a normal loop is used. It’s a guarantee you won’t loose any of these luscious plum pearls.    

Directions

step 1 - Put headpin into a silver seed bead then into a pearl.

step 1 - Put headpin into a silver seed bead then into a pearl.

step 2 - Using round nose pliers, grab the wire about 1/8" above the Pearl.

step 2 - Using round nose pliers, grab the wire about 1/8" above the Pearl.

step 3 - With your finger, bring the wire to the front of the pliers in front of the top arm.

step 3 - With your finger, bring the wire to the front of the pliers in front of the top arm.

step 4 - Bring the wire down between the pearl and the tool.

step 4 - Bring the wire down between the pearl and the tool.

step 7 - Remove the loop from the pliers and switch it back to the upper arm.  Bend the wire over the front of the arm.

step 7 - Remove the loop from the pliers and switch it back to the upper arm.  Bend the wire over the front of the arm.

step 5 - Remove the loop from the pliers and switch it onto the lower arm.

step 5 - Remove the loop from the pliers and switch it onto the lower arm.

step 8 - Use wire cutters to remove the excess wire. Squeeze the loop with flat nose pliers in a circular motion to prevent the cut end of wire from sticking out. If the piece moves too much while doing this, just put the round nose pliers back in the loop to hold it stable while you squeeze it with the flat nose pliers.

step 8 - Use wire cutters to remove the excess wire. Squeeze the loop with flat nose pliers in a circular motion to prevent the cut end of wire from sticking out. If the piece moves too much while doing this, just put the round nose pliers back in the loop to hold it stable while you squeeze it with the flat nose pliers.

step 6 - With your hand, bring the wire up the back side of the arm. This is the beginning of the second loop.

step 6 - With your hand, bring the wire up the back side of the arm. This is the beginning of the second loop.

step 9 - Create 63 of these looped pearls.  Cut a piece of stretchy cord to measure 10” long.

step 9 - Create 63 of these looped pearls.  Cut a piece of stretchy cord to measure 10” long.

step 10 - To assemble the bracelet, put the stretchy cord through the loops in two pearls. Add a single pearl to the cord then add three more looped pearls. Continue adding three loops followed by a pearl. When you’re done stringing, you should have one looped pearl left. Add it to the cord.  

step 10 - To assemble the bracelet, put the stretchy cord through the loops in two pearls. Add a single pearl to the cord then add three more looped pearls. Continue adding three loops followed by a pearl. When you’re done stringing, you should have one looped pearl left. Add it to the cord.  

step 11 - Finish the bracelet by tying the ends of the stretchy cord into a double knot. Dot the knot with Krazy Glue. Allow it to dry. Cut away excess cord. The knot will be hidden between the wire loops.



Supplies

At Michaels

  •  Pearls 8mm
  •  11/0 silver seed beads
  •  2” long headpin wires
  •  1mm stretchy cord
  •  Crazy Glue

At Amazon

  •  jewelry pliers & cutters

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