As I was perusing pinterest last week I found a picture of this bracelet by Vanessa Mooney. I instantly fell in love with the colors used and the choice of beads. Also, I have a soft spot for bracelets that don’t require clasps because I am more likely to actually put them on in a hurry. So I took one look at the price tag ($35) and knew I could do it myself for a lot less. This is a very easy and basic bracelet technique that someone of any skill level can do. So easy, that I let my 5 year old daughter make one as I made mine. The hardest part of this project is gathering beads of the correct sizes to create the same ratio of large and small in the bead pattern. I took care of that part for you already though and the exact sizes I used are listed below.
For this project you will need:
- a pair of scissors
- a binder clip of any size
- 10 inches of elastic beading cord, any color
- 13 turquoise rondelle beads 6mm x 4mm (i used magnesite for mine instead of the glass ones used in the original because I like natural materials better, but that’s totally up to you.) Depending on the size of your wrist you may need 1 or 2 extra of these.
- 14 brass disc spacers 6mm x 3mm (you may need 1 or 2 extra of these depending on the size of your wrist.)
- 4 small brass heishi spacers 4mm
- 2 hot pink bicone beads 15mm x 8mm
- 2 carved bone skull beads 8mm x 14mm
- 1 gold metal focal bead for the center piece 11 – 14mm long x 8 – 15mm high
Begin by cutting your elastic thread to 10 inches long and then attaching the binder clip onto one end to keep the beads from falling off.
Begin threading your beads onto the elastic in the following pattern: 1 brass disc, 1 skull, 1 brass disc, 1 turquoise rondelle, 1 small brass heishi, 1 pink bead, 1 small brass heishi.
Continue threading beads on in the following pattern. Alternate turquoise rondelles and brass disc beads until you only have one turquoise bead remaining.
Finish off the pattern with 1 small heishi, 1 pink bead, 1 small heishi, 1 turquoise rondelle, 1 brass disc, 1 skull, 1 brass disc, and finally the focal bead.
Carefully take off the binder clip and tightly tie the two ends of elastic together into a secure knot. (I like the double knot) Trim the excess with your scissors. Tuck the knot into the hole in the focal bead to hide it and that’s it, you’re done!
Me and Mia enjoying our new matching bracelets!
For the child size bracelet we simply used a few less turquoise rondelles and brass discs. This would be a great project for a little girl’s sleepover or birthday party because it’s so easy. Plus it’s fun seeing the satisfaction on their face when they tell people they made it themself. Mia wore her bracelet to pre-school today and made sure she showed all the girls in her class the new bracelet she made. She was so proud! Are you going to try this DIY? Let me know how it turned out in the comments.
Also, I made a few extras of this bracelet and you can buy it right here in case you don’t have the time to make one, but still want one.
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Footnote: Please feel free to pin this project to pinterest but please make sure that it link’s back to this page. You may re-post one image from this tutorial on your own blog with a link back to DesignThrift for the rest of the instructions. Please do not re-post my content in full.