Friday, December 6, 2013

Easy to Make Bracelets Tutorial

Bracelets are great for gift giving.  They are easy to wear, one size fits all, and any woman can incorporate them into their wardrobe.  They are perfect for layering or adding different styles for a unique look.

I love bracelets and this tutorial shows an easy-to-make wrap bracelet.  You won't be able to stop making them once you start!



Supplies http://www.michaels.com
 
I found all of my supplies and tools at my local craft store in the jewelry making section.
 
You will need:
 
Memory wire
Beads, faux pearls, metal beads, stone beads -- anything you like
Charms
Needle nose pliers
Wire cutters
 
Step One
 
Start by cutting about 4 wraps of wire.  The wire stays in the circular shape making it great for bracelets.  Use wire cutters to cut the wire because it is thick.
Once cut, use circular pliers or needle nose pliers to make a loop at one end of the wire, as pictured above.
 
Step Two -- Beading
 
Now for the fun!  Start placing beads in any pattern you like on the open end of the wire. 
You can add different beads, faux pearls, charms, metal beads, stone -- your imagination is your only limitation!
 
When done use needle nose pliers or circular pliers to make another loop to keep the beads on.
 
And that's it!  You can make as many as you like with different colors.
 
I love to layer them or give multiples to friends and family so they can layer.
 
 
 
I used small blue seed beads on the first bracelet.  This is great alone or with bangles.
The top left uses shell beads that are a smooth spike.  I love the different colors and shapes.
The top right bracelet uses cobalt blue beads with small silver beads in between.  I also added small silver charms for a modified charm bracelet.
 
This is a modified cuff with dark blue and silver beads, a silver heart charm, and a key to the heart charm.
 
So sweet!

 
Pretty shell beads alternate with cream, brown, and amethyst colors.
 

 
The bead mix included different types of beads, variations of teal, and size.  This is a great bracelet to wear alone or make more with different colors to layer.
 
I hope you have fun using your imagination and creativity making these bracelets.  I am going to make quite a few for my nieces this year. 
 
Just gather your finished bracelets and tie with a pretty ribbon -- the perfect gift!
 
Cheers -- Tammi