Junk Bead Bracelet

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About: I am a third-year Architecture major at the University of Texas at Austin. I enjoy creating and experimenting.

I tend to accumulate a lot of old beads that I have no use for (I'm a bit of a klepto

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Step 1: Supplies

You will need: Elastic jewelry cord (I use stretch magic, 5mm) Scissors Old glass beads A jump ring Lobster clasp Large chain Cord crimp end thingies.

Step 2: Getting It Ready

Cut your cord so that each strand is about 10-12 inches. Tie a quick knot at one end and place it in the crimp thingy. Fold both flaps of the crimp thingy over and make sure they're as tight as you can make it and the cord is secure.

Step 3: Add the Beads

This step is pretty self explanatory. You can string your beads by color, make a pattern, or just string them randomly. I tried to stick to two colors per strand. Because its such a simple step (and because I forgot to take a picture) there's no picture. Hopefully you know how to put a string through a bead.

Step 4: Tying It Off

Gather all your strands and make a knot as close as possible to the beads. Make sure it is a tight knot. Place the knot in the crimp thingy and crimp the sides. Make sure that it is closed as tight as possible. Cut the extra cord from both sides. Make sure you cut as close to the crimp thingy as possible.

Step 5: Attach the Clasp

Using your jump ring, attach the lobster clasp to one side. Cut about 1/2 and inch to 1 inch of the medium sized chain. Open up the last link on the chain and slip the crimp doohickey onto the link. Close the link back up. You're done! You have a funky, cute new bracelet and a new way to get use your old beads!

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    Suzanne in Orting

    3 years ago

    I really like your bracelet. I have a bunch of beadie odds and ends too. I am taking inspiration from this. I have interspersed large and small beads, but never worked with just large ones. I think your "two colors per strand" idea helps to add a little regularity to the irregularity.

    (Lastly, and with the gentlest of voices, unless you are stealing the beads, you are perhaps a hoarder, but you are not a klepto. Kleptomania is the compulsion to steal.)(Smile)