Single Row 'perler Beads' Bracelet




About: Industrial Design student at Eindhoven University of Technology

This bracelet is a variation on my perler beads bracelet. This was my fifth instructable ever, published over 2,5 years ago. Looking back at it and making a variation was really fun to do. Instead of making two rows as I did there, I only made one row. Even though you end up with a smaller, delicater bracelet, you need about the same length of elastic cord.

I think I prefer this bracelet over the first one, simply because it ended up looking like a nice extra touch to go with matching bracelets. I also didn't use perler beads for this bracelet, but if you would want to you could. Any type of tube shaped beads will work fine actually.

What I really like about these beads is their size. The fact that they are so small also helps to give that delicate look.

I hope you like it!

Step 1: Materials

To make a bracelet like this, you will need:

- beads
- elastic cord, at least 3 times the size of your wrist
- scissors

Step 2: The First Bead

Start by adding the bead to the elastic and make a knot. Leave a bit of cord to knot later. Once it's pulled tight, make a second one to secure the first knot. Slide the knotted part to the top of the bead.

Step 3: The Weaving

Add a second bead to the cord. Let the string go through the first bead and back to the second one. That last part isn't necessary for the first bead, but it is for the other beads.

Step 4: Adding Some More

Add more beads using the technique explained last step.

Step 5: Closing

Once the bracelet has reached the right size, you'll need to close it. Loop the cord through the first bead and back through the last. Repeat this with the other end of the cord and knot them together.

Step 6: Wear It!

And that's it! I really hope you liked this project, if you did I would love to know. I would love to see the result if someone decides to make one!

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    I have been into bead weaving the past few years and this is called ladder stitch - if you wanted to get really nice beads for these I would suggest size 8 "delica"s. The thing I love about your bracelet and the instruction is I think it will be a fun thing for my grand daughter to use up the perler beads. We made a few traditional things with them but she gets bored quickly when they don't come out like she wants - and of course I have do all the ironing. This might just be perfect for her! Thanks.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Lovely. There is an easy way of going about this. Pass the cord through one bead making sure the bead is in the center. Now pass each end of the cord through the bead, so that it crosses over inside. Go about the same way for the rest. It's the same concept as yours, but perhaps quicker? :-)

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! It would work, but it does have a few problems:
    - there is less elastic, making the bracelet more fragile
    - when your cord isn't long enough and you need to add an extra part, you'll need to add on both sides.


    4 years ago

    Emily, nice project! Brilliant use of perler beads! Thanks for sharing with the community!

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