If you are just starting out with jewelry making, I have the perfect bracelet for you!!
It’s just a simple little rhinestone and bead bracelet – but oh so cute!
Isn’t it sweet? It would be super easy to change it for different styles or colors too.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
- 1 center design piece – with loops on each end
- 5″ strand of beads
- beading wire
- crimp beads
- jump rings
- lobster clasp
- rhinestone bead
- Tools: wire cutters, flat nosed pliers, round-nosed pliers, crimp pliers
All my supplies came from Michaels but you can find similar items at other shops or online.
This tutorial makes an 8″ bracelet. If you’d like yours larger or smaller, adjust the amount of beads you add to the sides.
Start by cutting a 5″ piece of beading wire. Thread the wire through a crimp bead, then through one of the loops of your center piece. Thread the wire back through the bead and crimp it closed. The short end of the wire should be about 1″ long. You can find a tutorial for crimp beads on my How To Do That: Jewelry Page if you need a little more help.
Add 2 1/2″ of beads to the wire, make sure you cover the short end of the wire with the beads as well.
Thread the end of the wire through a crimp bead, then through a jump ring. Loop the wire back through the crimp bead and through at least one of the beads. Pull the wire mostly tight and crimp the bead around the wire.
Trim the loose end of the wire.
Repeat for the other side of the bracelet.
You should now have a strand on each side of the center piece that end in jump rings.
Add another jump ring to one end of the bracelet, and add a lobster clasp to that end.
You can add a little rhinestone bead to the jump ring too – for a little extra bling.
That’s all there is to it!
Isn’t it fun? It looks great paired with other bracelets too – for a fun layered look. I’ve put it together with my Sparkled Silk Wrap bracelet – I think they’re cute together!
I hope you like it and will give it a try! And if you’re reallllly in love – I have a tutorial up for the matching necklace!
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