How To Make A Bracelet

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.

Jewelry making charms are quite easy once you’ve got the hang of it and this bracelet is a great way to show off your hard work.

Olde Worlde Charm measures 20 cm (8") long which can be adjusted by using more or less cord.

This is a pretty alternative to a chain charm bracelet and very easy to make.

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.

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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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Materials and Equipment

  • 50 cm (20") of blue leather thong
  • 12 wooden beads in different shades 10mm (1/2") approx
  • 7 different metal charms
  • 7 bead charms
  • 12 gold color split rings
  • 2 gold color flat crimps
  • 1 toggle clasp
  • 9 gold color jump rings (you will need another 7 if you decide to attach the bead charms with jump rings)
  • Flat nose or General purpose pliers with smooth jaws

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How To Make a Bracelet Tutorial

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.

Mia’s Craft Ideas

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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