Be On-Trend This Summer With Bead Wrapped Bracelets

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in Jewelry Making | Comments


Stacked bracelets are on-trend this summer. The perfect way to begin your stack is by creating your own bead wrap bracelet. We show you how to make a bead wrap bracelet in this step-by-step tutorial. The possibilities for customization are endless once you learn the technique.

A bead wrapped bracelet with Czech glass beads and button closure

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Bead wrap bracelet tutorial

Materials for creating a bead wrapped bracelet

Materials you will need:

  • Leather cording 1.5 mm
  • Czech glass beads – 4 mm
  • Czech glass button – 22 mm
  • Beading Needles – size 10
  • Sewing thread
  • Scissors
  • Bead board
  • G-S Hypo Cement

 

 

Step 1:

Knotted Leather button loop and Czech glass button

Cut 58 inches of leather cording. Fold in half. At the center point of the fold, create a loop large enough to slide the button through and knot the leather cords together.

Leather loop hooked over a screw on a home made board

Attach the looped end to a clip board, bead board, or, as pictured here, a homemade board. The idea is to secure the leather in order to maintain tension as you add beads.

Step 2:

We will be using a double strand of sewing thread to add our beads. I find 25 inches of thread comfortable to work with. You could go longer, but I find the thread becomes unruly. We will need to add thread as we continue adding beads. (I’ll cover adding a new thread in Step 4 of this bead wrap bracelet tutorial)

Cut approximately 50 inches of sewing thread. Fold the thread in half and thread both ends onto the needle.

Add thread to leather. Tie on with knot .

Knot the thread onto one of the leather cords. Create a loop with the thread, bring the thread over the top of the two leather cords, feed it under the cord on the opposite side and up through the center of the two cords. Pulling tight to secure.

Adding thread to leather by looping over, under and between leather cords

Repeat on opposite side of leather cord. Create a loop on the opposite side of the cords, lay the thread over the top of the two cords, feed it under one cord and up through the center of the cords. Pull tight.

Repeat this two more times. This is a simple way to secure the thread before you begin adding beads.

Decide which direction you’re most comfortable working and maintain that left-to-right or right-to-left direction as you work on your bracelet.

Adding the first bead to the bead wrap bracelet

Bring your thread under one side of the leather cord, up through the center of the two cords, and over the top of the other leather cord.

Add first bead to the leather cords

Add the first bead and pull thread tight.

Adding first bead. Thread over top of leather, under leather cord and back through first bead again.

Thread under the leather cord, up through the center of the two cords, back through the first bead and over the top of the leather cord, securing the first bead between the two leather cords.

Add second bead by threading under leather cord up through center of cords, add bead and thread out over top of the other leather cord.

Thread under the leather cord, up through the center of the cords, add a bead and tighten thread. Finish with thread landing over the top of the leather cord.

Threading beads on a leather cord

Thread under the leather cord, up through the center of the two cords, through the center of the bead and over the top of the leather cord.

Step 3:

Continue adding beads until your desired length is reached.

Addding beads to a leather cord

Under leather cord, add a bead, over leather cord.

Add the bead pull thread over top of cord loop around the cord and up through center

Under leather cord.

Pull thread tight

Pull thread tight.

Back through the center of the bead and out over the top of the cord on opposite side

Back through center of the bead. Finishing over the top of the leather cord.

Add the next bead by feeding thread under the leather cord and up through center of the two cords. Add the bead.

Under leather cord, add a bead, over the top of leather cord.

Step 4:

Add new thread to continue adding beads by knotting new thread to old and glueing with hypo cement

Add a new thread by cutting 50 inches of thread. Tie a knot to secure the new thread ends to the existing thread ends. Add a dot of hypo cement to the knot.

Step 5

Finishing and adding the button closure.

Finish the same way we began with a loop and needling up through the center

We will finish the same way we began, by securing our thread. Create a loop with the thread, go over and under one of the leather cords, up through the center of the cords and pull tight.

Do this on opposite side of leather cord. Repeat one more time on each side.

Finish by knotting threads together and trimming the loose ends off

Knot the thread and trim the loose ends.

Tie leather into a knot and add the button to one leather cord

Tie a knot in the leather cord. String button onto one of the leather cords.

Tie a knot in the leather to finish, trim ends and glue all leather and thread knots

Knot the leather cords and pull tight.

Finish by adding a dot of Hypo Cement to the knotted threads at the start and end of the piece and to the leather knots. Allow glue to dry and trim the leather tails.

Finished Bead Wrap Bracelet

What bead weaving or wrapping techniques would you like to learn next?

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