Intro: Beaded Bracelet With Clasp
I make a lot of bracelets. When I was choosing one to use for an instructable, I decided to go basic, but versatile. Here are the directions to string a simple beaded bracelet with a clasp. Once you have the technique down, they're pretty easy and you can make tons of variations. Have fun!
Step 1: What You Need
Anything you like is fine, as long as they're sturdy. You wouldn't want to use a soft stone like turquoise on a bracelet. Crystals make especially beautiful bracelets and are perfect for gifts. I like to use beads in the 4 - 8 mm range.
I usually use a good beading string such as Silkon nylon thread. I get medium or heavy weight. Beading threads are inexpensive and come in awesome colors.
Any toggle, lobster claw or hook clasp for single strand jewelry. If you don't know what to pick, get a 12mm lobster claw clasp and an 8 mm closed jump ring.
Strong waterproof glue
Step 2: Attach the Clasp
Cut about a foot of beading string. Tie one end of the string to one piece of the clasp using a surgeon's knot. Make an extra knot or two, but don't cut the end yet.
Step 3: String the Beads
Now string on your beads.
When your bracelet is about 5 - 6 inches total, hold the loose beads on and try it around your wrist. Estimate how much room the rest of the clasp will take up and add beads until the bracelet fits right. You can always tie a loose knot on the other half of the clasp first if you're not sure. The finished bracelet length will vary depending on the size of the beads.
Step 4: Finish the Clasp
Tie the loose end of the beading thread to the other half of the clasp. Make sure to leave a little room after the last bead so the bracelet can flex easily. If you're adding just a jump ring, tie the string directly to it. Leave the string end hanging loose.
Step 5: Finish Your Bracelet
Put a dot of glue on each knot and let dry overnight.
Now you can trim off the extra string.
And your bracelet is ready to wear!