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Monday, July 13, 2015

Multi-Strand Seed Bead Bracelet

I kind of forgot how fun it is to design and make your own jewelry - you can customize it exactly to the colors and style you want.  It's also a nice project that once you get started, you don't have to think about what you're doing, you just thread one bead after another.

I wanted a bracelet to match the new tank I found at Old Navy, so I got red, silver, dark blue and sky blue seed beads.

1. This is obviously the Old Navy model, not me.
2. It's cuter in person and paired with red capris.
3. Look - the model's bracelet is similar to mine!
I found a tutorial that said you can measure your wrist and then make one really long strand that you can then wrap around your wrist, which gives you the multi-strand look (rather than making a bunch of bracelets to make a multi-strand bracelet.)

After I was finished adding all the beads, I put a crimp bead on each end, as well as a clasp on one end and a chain on the other end.  Then I looped the wire and fed it back through the crimp bead and several of the seed beads.  Then I tightened it.  Then I used the crimping tool to crimp the crimp bead. (I realize that sentence has an excessive use of the word crimp.)  Then I cut the extra wire.
Making jewelry was so  much fun, I ended up  making necklaces to match as well - which you can see below in this picture of my adorable nephew Henry, who was celebrating his first birthday on the 4th of July! 


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