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I have a pretty beaded bracelet tutorial to share with you today! Whilst ordering some new Miyuki Delicas for my next peyote bracelet project, I added some super cute candy beads to my order too. These are drilled with 2 holes, meaning that you can do all sorts of things with them!
Follow my tutorial below if you’d like to make one of these bracelets. This is a great project for beginner beaders as you don’t need many materials (and it’s quick to make too).
You’ll need the following supplies to get started!
- A selection of turquoise 8mm 2 hole Czech glass candy beads (I’ve used 23 but you may need a few more depending on the size of your wrist – 30 beads should be the most you’ll need though).
- Toho round seed beads size 8/0 in pink.
- Silver tone memory wire (I’ve used 55cm diameter wire to fit my wrist, but you can go larger if you like – just check that the coils fit your wrist before you start).
- 2 x silver tone eye pins or head pins.
- Jewellery making tools – round nose pliers and a pair of heavy duty wire cutters.
Step 1: Cutting the memory wire
Memory wire comes in a continuous ring of coils, so you’ll need to trim off three individual coils and make a loop at one end of each coil with your round nose pliers, as shown in the materials photo above.
Step 2: Adding the first candy bead
Take two of the memory wire coils and holding them side by side, slide on one of the candy beads, making sure to thread the wires through the two holes in the bead as shown above.
Step 3: Adding seed beads to create a pattern
Bring in the third memory wire coil for this step. Thread on 3 x seed beads on this new coil and then add another candy bead above them. Use the middle wire coil to thread through the other hole in the new candy bead.
This will secure all three memory wire coils together – although the beads may slide around a little at first!
Step 4: Continuing the pattern
Add 3 x seed beads to the left hand side wire now, above the first candy bead you added earlier. Then add a third candy bead over the new seed beads and use the middle wire again to go through the second hole of the new candy bead.
Step 5: Work your way around the bracelet
Continue alternating between candy beads and seed beads in the pattern I’ve just outlined, all the way around the memory wire coils. When you get to the halfway point, the bracelet will start to become quite sturdy!
Step 6: Finishing the ends of the bracelet
When you’ve threaded on your beads all the way around, you’ll need to make loops in the ends of the wires to stop your beads from falling off. Make sure the beads are sitting as they should be i.e. no gaps, before you make the end loops.
You could leave the ends as they are, but if you want them to look a little prettier, you can add a little decoration to them. Using your eye pins or head pins, trim off the ends (so you’ll have straight pieces of wire).
Make a tiny loop with your round nose pliers in one end but don’t close it up yet! Thread the wire through the first loop, add a seed bead, then thread the wire through the middle loop and add another seed bead. Finally, thread the wire through the last loop, trim it and make another tiny loop. Close up both loops at this point, attaching them to the outside loops of the memory wire.
This part is a little fiddly but worth doing!
Your finished bracelet should fit snugly against your wrist when you’re done! I hope you enjoyed this jewellery making tutorial – for more posts like this, why not subscribe to my newsletter at the top of the page to be kept updated?
Before you go, here are some other tutorials you might like:
- Beaded hoop earrings tutorial
- DIY boho / festival earrings tutorial
- How to make a pretty tassel necklace
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