Stretch Bracelet Set
About This Design
Time: Approximately 30 minutes - 1 hour
Level of Difficulty: Beginner - All Levels
Cost: Varies, depending on materials selected. Approximately $10-20 as
Stretch bracelets are very popular because they are generally inexpensive and
easy to make. Here I have combined earthy colors of beads in a great
stretch bracelet set that features a Hill Tribe Silver leaf charm, tied with
leather for a rustic feel.
Want to make this bracelet, or a variation for yourself? Let's get started!
Gather your supplies. Here's
what you'll need.
- Three strands of beads. I used earth tone colors, but
any beads in complementary color schemes will work for your set. I mixed
a few Swarovski crystals into one strand for a little sparkle.
- Stretch cord. Use a diameter that fits through your bead
holes. I used Stretch Magic .5mm and ran two strands through each bead
for added strength.
- Jewelry cement or glue (like G-S hypo cement)
- Optional - 3 crimp beads (1 for each strand of the bracelet if you prefer
crimping to knotting the cord)
- 1 charm of choice. I used a Hill Tribe Silver leaf charm Here are some for sale: Double
strand clasps on eBay
- 1 small piece of leather, suede or ribbon cord for tying the three
bracelets together and attaching the charm
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String beads on elastic cord
Cut several lengths of elastic cord, leaving several extra inches to
make it easy to knot. If your cord is very fine, you might want to
use two strands per bracelet to make it stronger.
Decide how long your bracelet will be, and determine the placement of
the beads in your design. You can use a bead board or
ruler to check the length. I made my bracelet about 7 inches long
to fit the wrist snugly.
Tie a knot on one end of the elastic, or place some tape over the end,
and string all of your beads onto the elastic cord. Check the
length and overall design and make adjustments by adding, removing, or
re-positioning beads until you are happy with the look of the bracelet.
Next, pull the cord so the elastic is taut (so it has some spring to
it and the bracelet will fit snugly) and tie your knots. Follow
my instructions on how to use elastic cord. Another option is to use
a crimp bead instead of a knot. If you are tying knots, it helps
to use a "third hand" tool as I have in this photo, to hold
the cords tight while you are tying the knot and applying glue.
Glue is not really optional! When knotting, you must use glue
otherwise at some point your knot will likely come free and your
bracelet will break. Apply a dab of glue to your knot (a headpin
makes a handy tool) and hold it steady for at least 30 seconds so the
glue can dry before proceeding. Generally it's a good idea to wait
24 hours to wear the bracelet to allow glue to completely dry.
Using a crimp bead in place of a knot:
If you prefer the easy of a crimp bead to knotting, feed the cords
through either side of the crimp bead in opposite directions like
this. Pull the elastic taut, then use your crimping tool or pliers
to crimp the bead. TIP - A drop of glue might not be a bad idea
inside the crimp for added security, just be sure you clean it off your
crimping pliers before it dries and gums things up.
Repeat for each bracelet. Make as many strands as you like, I
made three bracelets in complementary colors.
Attach the charm
Slide your charm onto the leather cord. Tie the three bracelets
together with a knot. Leather cord, suede, or ribbon works well
for this purpose.
Example - Suede lace tie with no charm
Here it is with black leather cord and the Hill Tribe Silver leaf
That's it! Your gorgeous new stretch bracelet set is ready to
wear or give as a great gift!