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DIY: Stretch Bracelet Stack

Stacking bracelets are everywhere in the Bohemian jewelry trend. They are super stylish and easy to wear. I love stacking, mixing and matching. You can mix these chunky beaded stretch bracelets with chain bracelets too for a super trendy look. They are also a way to use up extra beads.

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I came across some very pretty beads the other day from Halcraft Collection.  (This is the company that supplies Michael’s Craft Stores with the Bead Gallery bead strands.) I purchased directly from the site Amazonite, Mahogony Obsidian, Costa Rican Rosewood, Painted Design Dyed Agate, and some Mother of Pearl beads with Micropave Frame.  Guys, do yourself a favor and cut out the middle man (Michael’s) and purchase directly from Halcraft.  They have super awesome customer service and superior pricing.

Anyway…..back to the DIY. Go grab your tools, supplies, and a cup of coffee.

Supplies - braceletsMaterials:
Costa Rican Rosewood Oval 10x13mm
Multi-pack – Amazonite Round Stone Beads
Mahogany Obsidian Round – 6MM
Painted Design Green Dyed Agate Tube
Stretch Cord (I used Bead Smith’s Opelon Stretch Jewelry Fiber)

NOTE: Your bead quantities will vary based on bracelet size and pattern.

Tools:
Scissors
Glue
Tape Measure
Beadalon’s Elastic Cord Needle (Optional, but so amazing.)

Instructions:
Measure your wrist and add 1/2 to 1 inch to the measurement depending on how you want your bracelet to fit (6.5″ wrist should be 7″ or a 7.5″). Add an additional two to three inches to that measurement and cut that length of cording. This will ensure you have enough cord to knot.  You will be making a total of 5 bracelets so cut that many pieces of cord.

Pattern Layout

 

Lay out your pattern the length of your measurement plus the additional 1/2 to 1 inch. If you are using the needle, you can slide your pattern on the needle. I really recommend the needle.  It makes stringing stretch bracelets extremely easy.

 

If using the needle, catch the cording under the hook at the end and slide your beads onto the cording being careful not the slide them off the far end of the cord.

 

 

Tying the Knot

 

Once all of your beads are on your cord, tie an overhand knot and add a drop of glue over the knot.

 

 

Hiding the Knot

 

 

Pull the cord tight and slide a bead over the knot. Allow the glue to dry completely. Trim off tail.

 

 

 

Repeat all steps for the remaining bracelets.

 

 

 

Stack them babies up and wear them with pride!  Until next time….stay caffeinated my peeps!

Finished Bracelets 2

 

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DIY: Simple Beaded Charm Bangle

Finished Bracelet 1Summer is just around the corner and this little beauty would be perfect for hanging at the beach.

It’s a very simple project to make and super easy as well.

Seed Beads

I have had these little sea life charms for some time as well as some amazingly gorgeous Czech seed beads in some beautiful sea glass tones. Any brand will work so will any color.  You may want a more sunny look to your bracelet.  Go for it!  Add some mini tassels if you want. This is your bracelet.  Own it!

Seahorse

 

I just love the little sea horse. I don’t even remember where I got him or even when, but this project suited him rather nicely.

Let’s get our supplies and coffee so we can get started.

 

 

 

Supplies - Bracelet

Materials:
Memory Wire Bracelet Wire
Sea Life Charms
Two or more 6mm Jump Rings
A crystal drop
Seed Beads in your choice of colors
One Head Pin

Tools:
Memory Wire Cutters (A MUST)
Memory Wire Finishing Pliers (Optional, but works best)
Chain Nose Pliers (I recommend two pair)

Instructions:
Make a bead dangle by threading the crystal drop on the headpin and forming a loop.

Cut one round of memory wire. Allow the ends to overlap if you have larger hands as this will slip over your hand. Form a loop at one end of the memory wire. (I added the seahorse charm at this point since the loop at the top of the charm was a bit odd.)

Thread the seed beads onto the memory wire all the way until you are about a 1/4 inch from the end.

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Form a loop at the end of the memory wire and hook it to the original loop. Attach charms and bead dangle.

Finished Bracelet 4

Enjoy your super cute bangle.  Until next time, stay caffeinated my peeps!

Finished Bracelet 3

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DIY: Swarovski Crystal Bangle Bracelet

Are you ready for a lovely and very simple Swarovski crystal bangle bracelet?

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This bracelet is a redo from a previous bangle I had made last year for Cousin Corporation of America when they rolled out their Swarovski crystal collection for A.C. Moore.  This same crystal collection is available at Michael’s Craft Stores.  This time instead of using the delicate pinks and round silver beads, I am using the Light Gray Xilion Pearl Combo pack and a few swirly bead caps.

Let’s grab our supplies, tools, and coffee so we can get right to it….

Supplies

Materials:
1 Pack – Swarovski Create Your Style Xilion Pearl Combo in Light Gray
2 – 3 inch long curved noodle beads
4 – 6mm bead caps of your choice
2 – #2 crimp tube
2 – Crimp Covers (Optional)
2 – 4mm jump ring
1 – 8mm jump ring
Clasp
Beading Wire

Tools:
Crimping Pliers
Chain Nose or Flat Nose Pliers
Wire Cutters
Measuring Tape

Instructions:
Measure your wrist and cut about five inches more of beading wire than your measurement.

Jump Rings

 

Attach a 4mm jump ring to the 8mm jump ring creating a coupling and set it aside.

Clasp

 

 

Attach a 4mm jump ring to the clasp. String a crimp tube on to the beading wire, and pass the wire through the 4mm jump ring. Crimp the tube. Cover the crimp with a cover using chain nose pliers. Trim off extra wire.

 

Stringing It

Thread on the following: a 4mm crystal, 6mm crystal pearl, a bead cap, noodle bead, bead cap, 6mm crystal pearl, 4mm crystal, 4mm pearl, 4mm crystal, 6mm pearl, 4mm crystal, 4mm pearl, 4mm crystal, 6mm pearl, bead cap, noodle bead, cap, 6mm pearl, 4mm crystal, a crimp tube and the 4mm jump ring of the jump ring coupling.

Finishing It

Crimp the tube and cover with a crimp cover. Trim excess wire.

You now have an elegant bracelet you can wear for any occasion.

Enjoy your new bracelet.  Until next time, stay caffeinated my peeps!

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