Learn how to make a bracelet with these easy to follow beading techniques. I'll show you how to make a bracelet from any old beads. For this Olde Worlde Charm bracelet I’ve used some vintage beads saved from old necklaces.
The wooden beads I have used add
to its rustic look and keep the whole bracelet nice and light. You could
get quite a different effect using glass or metal beads.
To make your own bead charms for this how to make a bracelet project see our Jewelry Making Charms for detailed instructions.
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Thread a split ring onto the thong.
Leaving a good 1cm at the end of the thong, tie an overhand knot over the split ring to hold it in place.
Thread on a wooden bead.
Thread on another split ring and tie it into another overhand knot.
Continue until all the wooden beads have been used.
Do not tie the last bead in place. Trim the thong so that you have a good 1cm left sticking out from the last bead.
Attach a crimp to the thong to stop the bead falling off the end. Attach the other crimp to the other thong end.
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Attach a bead charm to the first split ring.
To attach the bead charms open the loop in the head pin and attach to the split ring then close the loop.
This can be fiddly so you can use jump rings if you prefer.
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Using the jump rings to attach a metal charm to the next split ring.
Attach bead charms alternatively with metal charms to all of the split rings.
(You should have 1 metal and 1 bead charm left over.)
Using a jump ring attach one part of the toggle clasp to one crimp end.
Repeat at the other end with the other part of the toggle clasp.
Repeat step 9 at the other end of the bracelet with the other part of the toggle clasp.
Find the end that finishes with a bead charm and using a jump ring attach the last metal charm to the hole in the flat crimp.
At the other end of the bracelet attach the last bead charm with either its loop or a jump ring to the hole in the flat crimp.
Try different materials and sizes for the beads on the cord.
For the charms you could try using all metal beads or all jewelry making charms.
For a more traditional charm bracelet you could use chain instead of cord.
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