Bead Crochet Jewelry
(British Columbia, Canada)
Bead Crochet Spring Bloom Bracelet
Bead crochet jewelry is easy to make once you get the hang of it. Try making these bead crochet bracelets, and necklace, in your own choice of beads for a very dainty jewelry style.
Bead Crochet Spring Bloom Bracelet
This bracelet (Photo 1) is crocheted and then hand sewn together with up to 200 semi precious stones, pearls, and crystals. I used a chocolate colored cord and it is made with an eye pleasing blend of green and pink beads.
Bead Crochet Eternity Bracelet
This bead crochet wrap bracelet (Photo 2) is crocheted with beautiful Swarovski® crystals, Czech crystals, tiny seed beads and 14K gold beads which give it a rich color.
Made to look like three different bracelets when it is wrapped around your wrist three times, it is 23 inches (58.4 cm) long. It can also be worn as a cute summery earthy necklace.
Bead Crochet Tennis Bracelet
This beaded crochet tennis bracelet (Photo 3) is crocheted and then hand sewn together to carefully to make my version of a crocheted "tennis bracelet".
Again I used Swarovski® crystals for beautiful sparkle and added Celestial® brand and Czech crystals too. When they are all sewn together this bead crochet bracelet really sparkles and is very pretty.
Bead Crochet Necklace
This bead crochet necklace (Photo 4) is crocheted using crystals, semi precious stones and pearls. I crocheted the beads into little clusters using a fine gauge sable colored cord in hot pink and orange.
How I Began to Bead Crochet
I had always loved making beaded jewellery, but wanted to try something different, so I started trying to crochet with beads.
At first, not knowing what to use, I tried crochet cotton and larger beads. One day my husband bought me a beautiful bracelet and it was crocheted. I loved it so much that I decided I
wanted to make crochet jewelry.
It was very different from anything I make
now. Over time I refined my technique to a design I loved to make. I like very fine jewelry with
lots of color and texture.
I experimented with many stringing materials, such as crochet cotton, silk and threads. I eventually settled for the most part on a cord
used in the upholstery industry called C-Lon® (C-Lon Bead Cord). I like the standard .05mm size for making most of my jewelry.
For jewelry projects that I want to look very fine and dainty, or to create tiny clusters in
my designs, I use the micro size cord/thread. When I want a cord that will go through beads and pearls that have tiny holes it works very well.
When I make a bead crochet necklace I like to use all semi precious stones or crystals. I do not like to use plastic or anything
that will not look like quality in the design.
Bead Crochet Instructions
This is a fairly simple way to describe what I do when I bead crochet jewelry.
To make a bead crochet bracelet, first I dab a bit of crazy glue on the end of the cord and wait
for it to dry.
Then, I cut the cord on a sharp angle to create a sharp end, almost like a needle.
Use this end to thread your beads on to the cord. It is really a matter of choice as to how many beads or colors you choose, but if you were to make a colorful bracelet with the regular .05mm size bead cord, use 3 - 6mm size beads and
Thread on approx 20 and then make a loop at the bottom of the cord.
Start to crochet: Make a slip knot, chain one and then crochet one bead onto the cord and make one chain.
Repeat this process until the bracelet is the desired length.
I make a loop and crystal clasp on most of my designs for the closure.
Other Types of Beaded Crochet Jewelry
To make other types of crocheted jewelry (finer, more clustered pieces) I string the beads, crystals and pearls onto the cord in the same way.
I gather up a few beads all at once and pull them tightly (not too tight) and crochet into the chain at the beginning of these few beads to make a cluster.
Then I put the crochet hook through the center of the cluster, adding one or two more beads, then pull it through the cluster making another chain.
Continue on making a few chains with or without beads, and then another cluster. Keep crocheting in this way until you crochet your desired length.
To make a bracelet like the Bead Crochet Spring Bloom Bracelet I make the crochet chain approximately 15-16 inches (38.1 - 40.6 cm) long.
Then I fold this piece in half, twisting it to
hand sew it together making a bracelet that looks spiraled with many stones pearls and crystals.
I hand sew a loop with beads and also sew a crystal on the other end to make my clasp. The ends are dabbed with a glue like E6000® to
secure the ends.
I hope this helps to explain how to do some of these designs. It is a little difficult to explain every step, but if you are interested I would be happy to help if you. Just leave me a comment below.
I hope you enjoy making bead crochet jewelry as much as I do!
Visit these step by step bead crochet instructions with pictures on making-beaded-jewelry.com.