Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sparkly Triple-Stranded Bracelet

What's better than a single-stranded bracelet?  How about a triple-stranded one for even more sparkle!

For this project, you'll need either some old bracelets you wish to refashion or just beads, some rondel beads with 3 holes, stretchy jewelry cord, and clamps (clothespins work too).

These bracelets are pretty as they are for sure, but when I found those three-holed rhinestone rondel beads during a routine craft store run last week, I thought, "Ooh!  How about a little bracelet makeover?!" 

Take apart the bracelets and separate the different beads.

These beads have rhinestones on one side and 3 holes so you can make a multi-stranded bracelet or necklace.

Lay out your design.

Begin stranding the beads, using the clamps to keep the beads from falling off the ends.  
(I chose to strand them one at a time, but you could certainly strand them simultaneously if you like.)

When you finish one strand, begin the next one.

When you finish all three strands, this is when you can take off the clamps and reevaluate.  
(I decided the middle strand needed tweaking.  It just didn't lay well.)

After replacing the silver spacer beads with the grey beads I used on the outer strands, it laid a lot better.
(That is the tricky part about making a multi-stranded piece: making sure all the strands lay well.  You may need to experiment with various bead sizes to get it right.) 

Begin tying the strands one by one, using the clamps to secure the loose ends.

When all the loose ends have been tied, the bracelet is done!

How sparkly is that?  Triple sparkly!

~Beaucoup de Bisous~

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  1. Absolutely gorgeous, a girl can never have enough sparkle!
    I've been planning to make some new jewellery, you've just inspired me.
    Thanks for stopping by xo

  2. great diy, i really love it, you will use the bracelet in many ocasions!

  3. This bracelet is gorgeous and doesn't seem too difficult of a DIY though I've never tried beading before.

    xo, alison*elle

  4. such pretty gems! i wish i were as crafty as you, this DIY is awesome

  5. Super lovely blog!


  6. Not my cup of tea, but could do great over a simple outfit to cheer it up a little! xx

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  7. lovely bracelet!

    thanks for visiting my blog, now following ;-)

  8. Stunning :) i want this one
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  10. Lovely bracelet, love its crystals!


  11. so nice bracelet... just followed you dear. :)


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