Making bracelets is a fun activity that can be enjoyed by both adults and children. Bracelets make great accessories for casual and formal outfits. They also make great gifts for birthdays, graduations, holidays, or any special occasion. Many people have started successful businesses creating and selling unique bracelets and other jewellery.
Bracelets can be made in a wide variety of styles and with many materials, including everything from a simple string bracelet to a fine gem bracelet. Here are some simple designs anyone can make with a few inexpensive materials.
How to Make Fishtail Bracelets
The simple fishtail bracelet is made from small, colourful rubber bands. Usually, this type is made on a small loom, but it can easily be constructed using just two fingers. The only supplies needed are an assortment of colourful loom bands and a plastic S clip.
Start by separating the colours of the bands and select the ones desired for the bracelet. Place the first band on the middle finger, twist to create a cross in the centre, and wrap the other end around the index finger. Wrap two more bands, not twisted, around the fingers above the first one.
Lift the left side of the bottom band over top of the other bands so that it sits in between the fingers. Now, pull the other side of the bottom band in the same way, so that the bottom band binds the other bands together.
Add another band, pulling up the bottom band the same way as before. Keep adding bands and continue to pull the bottom band over the other two bands. Make sure there are only three bands on the fingers at the same time. Don’t worry if the bands get twisted. Give the bracelet an occasional tug to keep all the weaves tight and to straighten any bands that may have gotten twisted. Once the bracelet is the desired length, remove the two bands from the fingers, and attach the S clip to the two loops to close the bracelet.
How to Make Bead Bracelets
All types of beads make great bracelets, however, crystal beads are the most popular. They are available in a wide variety of shapes and colours and are very inexpensive. For this design, gather about 23 large centre beads, 46 small side beads, 0.7 mm stretch beading string, scissors, and super glue.
Start with 90 cm of stretch string. Put a large centre bead in the middle of the string with a small bead on either side. Thread the right end of the string through the centre bead, then thread the left side of the string through the bead so that the string crosses inside. Pull tight and repeat the beading process until the desired length is reached. When the bracelet is the right length, put the right side of the string through the first bead again, and tie off the ends. Pull the knot as tight as possible. Seal the knot with super glue, and allow it to dry for about one minute. Trim the excess string and the bracelet will be complete.
How to Make Sliding Knot Bracelets
A sliding knot bracelet seems complicated, but it is actually very easy to make. Supplies needed include a hamsa charm, or evil eye, 30 cm of Chinese knotting thread, a pair of scissors, and a lighter. Start by threading about 10 cm of thread through the charm, fold back half of the thread, and fold it again to create a zig-zag. Fold 2 cm of the thread across the parallel threads, and then wind the thread upwards three times. Place the tip of the thread through the loop to create a knot. Pull the knot tight, then test it to make sure it slides. Take the other end of the thread, and make the same knot on the other side of the charm. Trim the excess thread on both sides of the charm, leaving about 2 mm. Fuse the end with the lighter, and the bracelet is complete.
Making bracelets is a great hobby for all ages. Whether bracelets are made for fun or profit, everything needed to create wonderful jewellery can be found on eBay.