Intro: How to Make a Beaded Watch Band
I am allergic to some base metals. When I learned how to make beaded bracelets, it was easy to go one step further to create beaded watch bands, so that I could wear my watch again. On certain instructable you have seen pictures of my hands and some beads. Those beads are my watch band. So, this is; “How to Make a Beaded Watch Band”. I made three bands, using 3 types of beads. Look at the extra pictures to see how the different beads look during each step. Okay, let's get started.
Beads (of your choice, cost $3-$12 a package depending on what you choose)
1.0 mm stretch beading string ($2-$3 a roll)
4 lobster claws ($3 a pkg. of 4-6)
Pkg. 3 hole spacers ($4 a pkg.)
Piece of felt
A watch face with pins (to complete the watch)
Lay the felt out as your work surface. It prevents the beads from rolling off your work surface on to the floor.
Cut a 15 inch piece of the 1.0 mm stretch string.
You are going to start at the center of the 15 inch string. (This will be one end of the watch band.) Put one or two small beads to keep the lobster claws apart. Add one lobster claw on either side of the center beads. Make sure that the opening of each claw faces the same direction.
Place beads on each side of the lobster claws. When you have gotten 2 or 3 beads, place a 3 hole spacer on the two strings (place one string through one hole on one end, the other string through the other hole in the opposite end).
Continue stringing beads, using at least 4 spacers to separate the beads.
When you reach the end of your pattern, on one of the two ends, add one claw, then add the same beads used on the other end (between the claws) then the last claw on the other string (again make sure these claws open in the same direction as the ones at the other end).
Wrap it around the intended wrist and see how it looks. If you don’t like it, restring in a new pattern.
Once you have it “done”, tie a tight square knot in the two ends of the string. Cut the ends close to the knot and put a drop of super glue on the knot, this will prevent the knot from untying. Let is set for one minute.
Clip the claws on to the pin at each end of the watch face. Done! Wonderful!
Things you need to know:
1. The 1.0 mm stretch string is thick enough that it is really hard to break, but it can stretch out.
2. You may hand wash the beads, but be sure to get it really dry like with a blow dryer.
3. If it does become stretched out, just restring on fresh piece of string.
4. Like most pieces of jewelry don’t wear it to bed, this one thing wears out jewelry faster than anything else you do.
Now you are good to go. Enjoy!