Apologies to anyone who checked in on Sunday to find no new DIY post, I ended up taking an unplanned week off from blogging but I'm back today with another jewellery tutorial for you to try out!
A couple of months back I finally picked up a roll of Tiger Tail, a flexible beading wire that allows you to string beads without having to have them fixed into shape, as you would with memory wire. It is similar to a normal thread in terms of the flexibility but is also stronger and more durable.
Today's tutorial will show you how to make your own braided bead bracelet like the one shown above. Here's what you'll need: Tiger Tail Beading Wire, Seed Beads, Small Crimps, Pliers, Scissors, a Clasp & Jump Rings
1. Start by cutting three lengths of Tiger Tail that will fit approx. one and a half times around your wrist
2. Take your first length of wire and thread on a crimp. Using your pliers carefully fold the end of the wire back through the crimp to create a loop. Close up the crimp with your pliers to secure it in place
3.Thread on seed beads until you are nearing the end of the wire. Again, use your pliers and a crimp to create a loop
4. Repeat this for your other two strands of wire so you have a total of three to be braided
5. Open up one of your jump rings using pliers, thread on the three strands and close
6. Now its time to create your braid - treat the three strands of beads just like you would three strands of thread and plait until you reach the end
7. Add a jump ring onto the end of your braid, as you did in step 5, and you're ready to attach the clasp
7. Finally use your pliers to attach whichever type of clasp you have chosen and your bracelet is ready to wear!
As always I'd love to hear from you if you try out this or any other project from my DIY Archives.
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