I originally set out to find a way to braid the beads in the middle, but I didn't have the right tools! I think I'm going to need to get some thin wire to make that happen. :D
Step 1: What You'll Need:
- upholstery thread OR two strands of embroidery floss
- seed beads (I used sizes 10/0 and 11/0)
- a needle small enough to pass through the beads
- jump rings
- measuring tape or a ruler
And this is why I am using two strands of embroidery floss. Gotta work with what you have :D
Step 2: Measuring + Planning
My wrist is six inches around, and I wanted to beads to cover the top of my wrist, so I went with 2.5 inches of beading and then four inches of chain, divided in half.
Step 3: Beading
Use the needle to pick up the beads and then push them to the knot in the thread. Keep doing this until you reach the length you want. Mine was 2.5 inches. :)
Once you reach that length, bring the needle up through the top bead on the strand. (as shown in the third photo) This will help secure the beads in place. Then knot the strands of floss together. Do not trim the ends of the floss! You want the floss to stay long on both ends to help you with the next step.
Keep beading until you've got the number of strands you want.
Step 4: Tying
Then snip off the excess thread.
Step 5: Assembling
Attach a jump ring to one end of the bracelet, and a jump ring and a closure to the other one. :D