Simple Beaded Stretchy Bracelet | Laura Davis | Skillshare

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    • 2.

      Materials and tools


    • 3.

      Ready the cord


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      Length, layout, design


    • 5.

      Bead and tie off


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About This Class

In this class, I will teach you to design and string a beaded stretchy bracelet. This class is geared toward the novice beader and jewelry designer as well as those trying to expand their jewelry-making skill set. Limited tools required.

I will teach you how to work with stretch cord to get the best results and how to tie off and secure the ends. You will finish the class with a beautiful stretchy bead  bracelet and the skills to create many more. The sky’s the limit!


  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • E6000 Glue
  • Stretch Cord
  • Beads
  • Large-hole bead to cover knot
  • Extra pretty beads (not necessary)

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Laura Davis

Designer of jewelry and interior decor


I am a jewelry and home decor designer. Much of my inspiration comes from the beauty of the charming coastal community around me. My jewelry pieces feature natural stone and leather and sometimes local shells. I love the look and feel of the natural materials!

I've been making things all my life. It's just what I do. I'm happy to have this opportunity to share my creations with you and be inspired by you in turn.

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1. Welcome!: Hi, I'm Laura Davis, jewelry designer from Made in the Pines. In this class, I will teach you to design and string a beat. A stretchy bracelet. This class is geared towards beginners, but it's also good for those trying to expand their jewelry making skill set limited tools air acquired. So this is a very good beginner's class. I'll teach you how to work with stretch cord for best results and how to tie off and secure the ends. You will finish the class with a beautiful stretchy bracelet and the skills to create many more. For the class project, I will ask you to post photos of your process and, of course, the finished result, So let's get started. 2. Materials and tools: the's air materials that will use to make our beaded stretchy bracelets. You'll notice that there's nothing really fancy here, just a ruler. Scissors e 6000 glue made something that is flexible but tough, so something like Elmer's won't work speeds. I like to use natural stone beads, so here I have eight millimeter Ryall light, stretchy chord. Try to get the thickest diameter cord that you can that will fit through your beads. Those little guy is a large hole bead that will use to cover the not and our stretchy chord when we're done. And it's helpful to have something like a binder clip or a clothes pin, something that will hold the end of your stretchy chord while you string the beads so that the beads don't slip off. And last this'll is kind of an extra thing. You don't have to have thes air, just pretty little beads that I thought were complementary to my royal light that you can mix and match. Add as you like. I think for this project that I'm going to keep it simple and just use the royal light beads 3. Ready the cord: I'm gonna be making a standard women's bracelet size of 7.5 inches, which is about 19 centimeters. I'm going to cut a nine inch piece of stretchy chord and that will allow me to tie the knot at the end. Now I need to stretch it out like we do when you're about to blow up a balloon, and that will keep the bracelet from having any slack in it. After you wear it a few times and now I'm going to put the clothes pin on the end now keep the beats from slipping off. 4. Length, layout, design: let me work something out with you real quick. If they were just the core going around your wrist, you'd only need 7.5 inches of cord, right Plus enough to tie the finishing. Not but when you at beads, especially larger ones like I have, you lose some length when you bend them around your wrist. A good rule of thumb is to make sure that when you're stringing your beads toe, add 1/4 to 1/2 inch of additional beads to make sure you don't end up with a bracelet that's too tight. I like to lay the beats out, using my ruler for reference and just see what looks nice together. So this would be the time what your extra we would like to use them. I am going to keep it simple and just use Ryall light. But if you want to add anything extra and I was a good time to kind of see what looks good together and what works and what doesn't? Or you might end up stringing and re stringing, trying to figure out what you really want it to look like, someone's gonna lay him out. Also, remember your large hole bead, and that will go on the very end. You don't want to put that in the middle, so that looks good. 5. Bead and tie off: Now it's time to string your design. Make sure again that the not hiding beat is at the end. I'll start beating from this side. - Now last, we're going to use the large hole bead. All right. For the not I'm gonna use something called a surgeon's knot. We'll try toe show you here. It's similar to a square knot, but we're gonna go around once and then again twice and pull tight. Next, we're gonna just go once like a normal square knot and pull tight again, and I'll do the same thing again. Another surgeons. Not so once, twice once. I'm just pull it tight when when I like to pull the beads away a little bit and just give it a good stretch like this. No, take your glue. I'm just gonna put little dot on the not and then pull that large will be right over the Not now. This course is the hardest part for me. I like to let it sit for a couple of hours, maybe two hours so that the glue has time to dry and then not won't slip out. So I'll be back in two hours to snip off the ends of the court. Our glue should be dry. Just snip is close to the not as you can. And there we go. We're done. That is how to make a short you bracelet. 6. Enjoy!: I hope you enjoyed the class. Now that you know how to make a basic beaded bracelet, the sky's the limit. I can't wait to see what you create. So remember to push your project into the project gallery, and if you have any questions or comments, leave them in the comments section. If you like to find me online, you can find me at instagram dot com slash made In the Pines or my Etsy shop is made in the pines dot etc dot com. Thank you for watching.