Do you ever have days when you want to make something, but don't want to put in hours of time and effort to do it?
I had one of those days, and put together a few of these easy 'higgledy-piggledy' bead bracelets. (Called so because I threaded beads on at random!)
This is a great little stash-busting project, but also a child-friendly craft project!
Here is a bracelet I made when I was around 7 years old. In this how-to, I explain an alternative way of making a closure to finish off the bracelets!
It is so simple to make these bracelets that it barely needs explaining, but here's a quick tutorial.
Assortment of beads
*The wire I used was around 1mm. Try not to use wire that is too soft, else it will bend too easily and likely break!
1. Cut a piece of wire 2 inches bigger than your wrist measurement, or more if you want a looser bracelet. Use round-nose pliers to make a loop in one end.
2. Thread on beads in the order you want. I like to add the beads on at random! When you have around 1 inch left over, bend the wire at an angle using flat-nose pliers, to stop the beads coming off.
3. There are several ways you can finish the bracelet:
For a closure attached directly to the bracelet:
a) Use flat-nose pliers to bend the wire back on itself.
b) Bend the end 3mm or so of the wire back in itself with flat-nose pliers (this stops sharp edges sticking out and scratching). Bend the remaining length of wire into a hook shape using round-nose pliers.
c) Check the hook goes easily through the loop you made in step 1.
To finish without a closure:
d) Alternatively, simply use round-nose pliers to create another loop at this end of the bracelet, and trim off excess wire with wire cutters.
For a separate closure:
Finish off as in step d above.
Bend the end of a 2 inch piece of wire around on itself. Curl this end around round-nose pliers and then curl back the opposite way to make an S-shape with a loop on one end. (Sorry for the rubbish picture, this one was an after-thought!)
4. You're done! Be proud :)
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