Three Step Beaded Cuff Bracelet

bracelet measures 6.50"

bracelet measures 6.50"

I've created some very complicated beaded projects for my website. This isn't one of them. As a matter of fact, this may be the easiest bracelet to make on my web pages, second only to my Stained Glass Cuff Bracelet which I created about a year ago.  The "stained glass" bracelet was hugely popular and voted a 2012 Favorite at AllFreeJewelryMaking.com.

This new version with round, red, green and blue beads, is made in the exact same way. Only the beads and their placement have changed. It seems no matter what combination of beads are used, this project results in a beautiful piece of jewelry that often is the start of an interesting conversation.  “Seriously?  It’s made with safety pins???”  Be prepared to tell people how you made it because they’re going to ask!

200 count bags of Dritz pins are available at Amazon

200 count bags of Dritz pins are available at Amazon

 

Directions

step 1 - Open the pin and slip three colored beads onto it, followed by two 6mm silver beads, then three more colored beads. Close the pin. The multicolored beads come in a bag and are not all perfectly uniform in size, with some being thicker than others. As you add beads to the safety pins the idea is to fill the pin and minimize spacing between beads. As you work, select as many similar sized beads as possible. If you watch the Superbowl while you’re working as I did, you may not notice some uneven spacing until you’ve completed the bracelet.  : )

step 1 - Open the pin and slip three colored beads onto it, followed by two 6mm silver beads, then three more colored beads. Close the pin. The multicolored beads come in a bag and are not all perfectly uniform in size, with some being thicker than others. As you add beads to the safety pins the idea is to fill the pin and minimize spacing between beads. As you work, select as many similar sized beads as possible. If you watch the Superbowl while you’re working as I did, you may not notice some uneven spacing until you’ve completed the bracelet.  : )

step 2 - I used 52 pins for this 6.5” bracelet. Measure your wrist to determine if you need more. Cut two lengths of stretchy cord to measure 8” or more. Thread the pins onto the cord alternating between pin bottoms and tops with the beads always facing you. Place a 3mm silver bead in between pins. The orientation of the last pin on the cord should be opposite the first pin. After adding the last pin, add a 3mm silver bead to each cord.

step 2 - I used 52 pins for this 6.5” bracelet. Measure your wrist to determine if you need more. Cut two lengths of stretchy cord to measure 8” or more. Thread the pins onto the cord alternating between pin bottoms and tops with the beads always facing you. Place a 3mm silver bead in between pins. The orientation of the last pin on the cord should be opposite the first pin. After adding the last pin, add a 3mm silver bead to each cord.

step 3 - Place the bracelet wrong side down on your work surface. Bring the top cord ends together and tie them each into three knots. Do the same with the bottom cord ends. Dot the knots with Krazy Glue. When the glue is completely dry, trim the cords and turn your bracelet right side out.

step 3 - Place the bracelet wrong side down on your work surface. Bring the top cord ends together and tie them each into three knots. Do the same with the bottom cord ends. Dot the knots with Krazy Glue. When the glue is completely dry, trim the cords and turn your bracelet right side out.



Supplies

At Michaels or Amazon

  • Bag of 6/0 seed beads in Multi-colored blue, green, and red
  •  6/0 silver beads - approx. 104
  •  3/0 silver beads - approx. 104
  • 1MM Stretchy Cord
  • Krazy Glue
  • Dritz #2 Safety Pins (1.5” long)

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