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DIY Double Layering Bracelet

September 7, 2013

It’s nice to have a few simple pieces of jewelry that you can either wear on it’s own or with a statement piece. That’s why these are so great. you can make them 1, 2, 3 or more strands… it’s up to you! I did 2 strands for this tutorial to give you an idea of the steps involved but it’s roughly the same no matter how many strands you have. I used some extra sterling silver teeny tiny 2.0 mm nuggets that I had, but you could use seed beads and get more creative with colors. They are super easy to make and the possibilities for thread and bead color are endless. Have fun with it, experiment! I love the simplicity of the closure on this bracelet, nothing fancy so it’s easy to get on and off.

Supplies:
seed beads { or other very very small beads }
embroidery thread
2 crimp { these ones have a hole in the middle and a hook you can close on one side – i got mine at Michaels }
1 medium bead
2 small beads
collapsible beading needle
flat nose pliers
scissors
jewelry glue
*optional – charm & 1 jump ring

1. cut 2 lengths of embroidery thread that are about 6 inches each. string on enough seed beads to wrap around 3/4 of your wrist.
2. at one end, gather both ends of thread and feed them through the hole on the crimp bead, move the crimp bead to touch seed beads.
3. tie a knot with both strands as close to the crimp as possible, cut the thread ends and glue the knot.
4. with your flat nose pliers, close the crimp over the knot and fold the curved end closed to make a loop.
5. repeat steps 1-4 on the other side. this is what it will look like so far.

6. cut a length of thread that is about 12 inches, fold in half. then feed the thread through the loop of one of the crimps so that each side of thread is the same length.
7. thread on 1 small bead and move the bead up close to the crimp loop.
8. repeat steps 6 & 7 on the other side. then, feed both side of thread through the 1 medium bead.
test the size of your bracelet to make sure it will fit, move the large bead down the thread so your wrist will fit through, take it off your wrist at this point.
9. separate the thread equally, string on a small bead on each side and tie a knot at the end of each bead leaving a bit extra length of thread on each side before the knot. trim the ends.
10. * optional step – with your jump ring open, put your charm on and close it around the thread loop of one side near the crimp loop.

That’s it, you’re done! Pretty easy hey! Beautiful & simple… I ♥ !

Jade, xo

 

9 Comments

  • Love this DIY! So elegant, beautiful and minimal. What a perfect gift for all of my friends. Where do you suggest the best place to get these sterling silver 2.0 nugget beads? I want to make several of these for mt friends! Thanks!

    • Jade says:

      Thanks so much! I bought the nuggets from an online store called artbeads. I like to buy beads in person but I searched everywhere in Vancouver for some of these nuggets and couldn’t find anything, so I broke down and bought them online. I would have thought that a bead store here would sell them but none that I could find. Hopefully you have more luck at the bead stores where you live! I’ve made a few of these bracelets with some really nice matte metallic gold seed beads from Michaels and they turned out really well!

  • Priyanjana says:

    lovely yet sooo simple !

    I guess i’ll be trying this with clear beads!

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  • Monica Diaz says:

    Hi Jade, love this bracelet, what size crimp did you use approx. & what type of thread?
    Thanks!!!
    Loooove your site!
    Monica

    • Jade says:

      Hi Monica, Thank you so much! I used regular crimp beads, the basic ones you can find anywhere { sorry not sure of the size of them } and for the thread I used embroidery floss. You can find an amazing colour selection of embroidery floss at Michaels Craft Stores, you’ll find the crimp beads there as well! Hope that helps!

      Jade

      • Monica Diaz says:

        Hi Jade,
        Thanks so much for getting back to me, I tried it with the floss pictured
        but the ends of the floss are difficult to manage, fraying. any suggestions?
        Thanks again!
        Have a blessed day!!!
        Monica

        • Jade says:

          Hi Monica, I use a collapsing bead needle that i found at Michaels! I’ve found it to be the most amazing little thing and I use it ALL the time! Then you don’t have to worry about the fraying! I’ve shown it in the picture above with all the supplies! Good luck! It will solve all your problems!

          Jade

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