DIY Glass Beaded Bracelets

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

From the ages of 7-12 I would spend a week each summer at Camp Conrad-Chinnock, a camp for type 1 diabetics. Some of my favorite childhood and pre-teen memories were made my first kiss :)

Every day each cabin had a specific time where they would get to go to the craft shack. I always looked so forward to this. It was like a kid's craft heaven. There was everything you could imagine there. My favorite things to make were lanyards and glass beaded necklaces and bracelets. I always came home with a suitcase full of these two things. While glass beads aka seed beads have somewhat of a nostalgic feel to them I also think they can be fun for adults to wear as well.

In all honesty I had no idea how in the world you made bracelets with fancy things like lobster clasps and jump rings before this project. Thanks to the ladies working at Hobby Lobby I now know, although I am pretty sure they wanted to (run) be paid extra on the days where I came in with questions.

What you will need:
  • Colorful glass beads+ spacer beads (I used gold)
  • Gold beading wire
  • Lobster clasps
  • Crimp beads
  • Jump rings
  • Chain nose pliers
Use scissors to cut your wire according to your wrist size. Attach the crimp bead and lobster clasp to one of the ends.

Bend the end of the wire to make a loop and string it through the crimp bead. Use the pliers to clamp the crimp bead so it closes.

Begin stringing your beads on...

When you reach the end, place a crimp bead there and make another loop with the end of the wire just like you did in the beginning. Make sure you leave yourself enough slack. It is always better to start with a longer piece of wire rather than a shorter one just in case you need more room.

Using your pliers, open the jump ring and attach it to the end of the loop. You actually can skip this step if you want but I think it makes it look more finished.

Make as many as you want and stack em on your wrist!


simplyvonne said...

these are so pretty! I really want to do this and look so easy! thanks for sharing momma!

My-cliffnotes said...

Oh my love these!!

You're wonderful

Erica House said...

I miss making all my jewelry - thank you for inspiring me to take my bead boxes out!

Alexa said...

Love that you had your first kiss at camp...reminds me of Moonrise Kingdom. Great colors on those bracelets! :)

Simply LKJ said...

Love these. The girls and I used to make bracelets all the time!! I thought I was big stuff once I learned how to use crimping beads and such. I really should look into making some for gifts for the holidays.

sherri lynn said...

These are so pretty! I was never very good at the craft times when I was a kid.... I think that's translated into not being that good at crafts as an adult ha! But all of DIY jewelry that you post makes me want to give it another try. You make the prettiest stuff!

tracy said...

My wrist is so small I can NEVER find bracelets to fit me. I think I'll try making my own and these will be a great way to start. These look very easy to make. Thanks.

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Gorgeous...and you picked all of my favorite colors.

Anonymous said...

how pretty & elegant!
thank you for the sweet memories & tutorial!

Sacha♥ said...

how cute, they are pretty colour.
thank you for the tutorial. i will have to make one some day :D

sacha xoxo
Sacha's Saucy Snippets....xoxo

Kari Hill said...

LOVE these!! Can't wait to try this for myself!

Anonymous said...

pretty! you should check out JewelBox! :)

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