Recently, during a rainy day, I made some minimal bead bracelets. They’re so fast and easy, you can make several in one session. They’re simple, but pretty.
In a couple of hours I had knocked out 10 of them! When making wire jewelry, I like to use 49 strand wire. I think it’s the strongest wire, yet still thin enough to pass through the seed beads. The Pearl is a lighter color for those translucent beads, while classic is for darker beads.
The tools that I use are a crimper, wire cutter, and 2 pliers.
The findings that you’ll need for each bracelet: 2 crimp beads, 2 crimp covers, 2 jump rings, and a small lobster clasp.
I start by cutting a piece of wire about 12 inches, and select my beads. I used size 11 seed beads with 3 or 4 mm beads for the center. I use a jewelry clip on the end so I won’t lose my beads, but that’s optional.
Then you put your beads on the wire to the length you desire. I measured my wrist, added a half inch and used that length.
Then you add a crimp bead, and run your wire through a jump ring and back down through the crimp bead. Using your crimper tool, pinch the crimp bead closed.
Snip the tail off.
Slip the pinched crimp bead into the crimp cover, and using your flat tipped pliers squeeze it shut. One end is done.
Using both pliers pull open the other jump ring, and add your lobster claw. Then close the jump ring.
On the other end of the bracelet do the same process with the crimp bead, jump ring and crimp cover. Then clip the tail off.
And you’re done!
I guess I’m not very minimal, because I’ve been wearing 2 and 3 at a time.
I’ve given some away, so the next time it rains I’ll be making more.
I hope my instructions were easy to follow.