Use Elasticity to create an easy, beaded bracelet for the little girl in your life. Make a matching set of earrings with some silver plated clip-on earring findings and your recipient will really feel like a princess! This is also a great project to do with a child on a Saturday afternoon.Of course, never let a child handle cutting tools, jewelry making pliers, jewelry adhesive, beads or other jewelry making supplies without supervision. Do not let children put jewelry or jewelry components in their mouths.
Bracelet Materials List/Instructions:
You will need:
- A Cutting Tool as well as A Ruler
- 12 inches of Elastic Cord (I used “Elasticity” Brand, you can use the .5mm or the .8mm, either one works)
- Faceted Acrylic Bead Mix, 8mm, 25 Gram Bag (the number of beads will vary, you will need 18 beads for a 6 inch bracelet, this mix comes with approximately 94 so you will have leftovers)
- 1 Silver Plated Puffed Heart Charm, 16mm
- 1 Sterling Silver Spacer Bead, 6mm
- Zap-a-Gap Adhesive (useful for all kinds of crafts, my favorite glue)
- A bead-stopper (if you don’t already have some of these, you need some if you bead often)
1. Cut a 12 inch piece of elastic cord.
2. Place a bead-stopper on one end.
3. String 6 inches** worth of beads. To make your bracelet look as pictured, add one green bead, two white beads, one green bead, two white beads, etc. You can change up the pattern to suit your taste. For example, if you are making your bracelet for a little girl who loves pink, replace the green beads with pink ones. The possibilities are endless because you receive a variety of colors in this faceted acrylic bead mix. The colors included in the mix are: green, pink, red, blue, purple, orange, white, gray and brown. Each bead is faceted and includes an AB coating.
4. After you have added all your acrylic beads, add your silver plated heart charm and then a 6mm sterling silver spacer bead.
5. Tie an overhand knot. While doing so, pull tightly so that there are no gaps between any of the beads. Pull tightly but do not go overboard as you could snap your elastic if you use excessive force. Tie 4 overhand knots (Not sure how to make an overhand knot? Check out Karla’s blog post).
6. Place a drop of Zap-a-Gap on your knot and pull the large hole sterling silver bead over the knot, so that it is hidden inside. You can use a different adhesive (such as GS-Hypo cement) if you would like, but I recommend Zap-a-Gap because it dries in 60 seconds.
7. When the glue on the knot is dried, trim the excess elastic cord and you are all set. If you have any trouble with this project and would like a demonstration, check out this video.
**The size of the bracelet you make depends on the age and size of the child it is intended for. Measure the child’s wrist, or use the chart below to decide what size to make your bracelet.
Earrings Materials List/Instructions:
You will need:
- A Cutting Tool, Round Nose Pliers and Chain Nose Pliers
- Silver Plated Ear Clip with 4mm Bead, Pair
- Faceted Acrylic Bead Mix, 8mm, 25 Gram Bag (just 2 beads)
- Silver Plate Head Pins, 2 Inch, 22 Gauge, 25 pc (2 head pins)
1. Place a green faceted acrylic bead on your headpin (choose a different color that matches your bracelet if you did not follow the color pattern above).
2. Use your round nose pliers to make a small loop above the bead. Then, hold the loop securely with your chain nose pliers, grip the end of the wire with your thumb and fore-finger and gently wrap the wire around itself a couple of times (Never done this? Check out this instructional video).
3. Use your cutting tool to trim the excess wire.
4. Use your chain nose pliers to open the eye of the silver plated ear clip and hang your bead from it by the loop you made in step 2.
5. Use your chain nose pliers to gently shut the eye of the ear clip. Repeat for a matching earring and you’re done!
What do you think of this design? My 13-month-old son, Sawyer, doesn’t wear earrings (lol), so I made a set for my 3 year old niece, Lily. Who in your life do you design for?