Make a Bead Bracelet with
Easy Beading Instructions


Learn to make a bead bracelet by connecting simple wire loops for a quick jewelry making project that's fun for beginners.

Learn to make a bead bracelet by connecting simple wire loops for a quick jewelry making project that's fun for beginners.

Use an easy wire jewelry making technique to make a simple line bracelet.

This beginner wire jewelry bracelet project is stunning! The Swarovski® crystals make it sparkle and shine.

Choose your favorite color crystals and you're set to brighten your day!

The wire jewelry making technique used is making simple or plain wire loops.

Example of how to make a bead braceletExample of how to make a bead bracelet

Cut lengths of wire, thread on crystals and bead caps to make bead units. Then, connect the bead units and you'll end up with a simple, yet surprisingly stunning line bracelet.

Let's learn how to make a bead bracelet using wire!...

Prerequisite Beading Techniques:

How to Make Simple or Plain Wire Loops Using Wire

How to Open Split Rings

Bead Jewelry Making Supplies

  • 8mm Swarovski® round crystals (your choice of color)
  • two bead caps for each bead
  • 1 split ring
  • 1 toggle clasp
  • 1 5mm jump ring
  • about 13" (33 cm) of 20 gauge half hard round wire
  • beading board
  • tape measure

Bead Jewelry Making Tools and/or Pliers

  • round nose pliers
  • chain nose pliers
  • split ring pliers
  • wire cutters

If you need it, here's a review of jewelry pliers used in bead jewelry projects.

How to Make a Bead Bracelet Instructions

1. Gather supplies, tools, beading board and layout your pattern of beads.

If you do not know your wrist size use a tape measure and measure your wrist. My wrist size is about 7 1/2 " (19.1 cm).

On a beading board, layout your pattern of beads and toggle clasp to fill in this length of space as shown in the picture below.

For now, this is an estimate of the bead units that you'll need for this design. You will check the fit of the bracelet on your wrist as you make the bracelet and add or remove beads until you get a more exact fit.

The difference between your wrist size and the bracelet length is the amount of space taken up by the 8 mm beads, which don't allow the wire to lie flat against your wrist as the tape measure does.

Pattern for beads: bead cap, 8 mm bead, bead cap; repeat for number of bead units it takes to make a bracelet of your desired length.

Each bead unit is about 1/2" (1.3 cm). The toggle clasp is about 3/4" (1.9 cm) long. So, this bracelet will take ten bead units, add the clasp and you get about an 8 1/2" ( cm) bracelet.

Wire and Bead Bracelet Project


2. Cut a 1 1/4" (3.2 cm) length of wire.

Cut Wire Length


3. Using the round nose pliers, make a wire loop on one end of the wire.

Wire Loop


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4. Thread a bead cap, 8 mm bead and a bead cap onto the wire.

Wire and Bead Bracelet Project


5. Using the round nose pliers, make a wire loop on the second end of the wire. You've made a bead unit.

Wire and Bead Bracelet Project


6. Make another bead unit.

Now, connect the two bead units by interlocking the wire loop of one bead unit to the wire loop of another bead unit. If the wire loop of each bead is not open, open it as you would a jump ring.

Wire and Bead Bracelet Project


7. Using the chain nose pliers, close the wire loops.

The opening of the wire loop should be closed snugly and rest inside the opening of bead cap, hidden from view. (Don't worry if this doesn't happen on the first bracelet that you make. It comes with practice.)

Wire and Bead Bracelet Project


8. Repeat Steps 6 and 7 until you have a length of beads units that is within about one inch (or centimeter) of being closed on your wrist.

Wire and Bead Bracelet Project


9. Using the chain nose pliers, open the wire loop on one end of the bracelet. Slide on a split ring. Close the wire loop.

Wire and Bead Bracelet Project


10. Using the chain nose pliers, open the wire loop on one end of the bracelet. Slide on a split ring.

Close the wire loop.

Wire and Bead Bracelet Project


11. Using the split ring pliers, open the split ring and slide the large loop end of the toggle clasp onto the split ring.

Wire and Bead Bracelet Project


12. Using the chain nose pliers, open the jump ring.

Slide the ring of T-bar end of the toggle clasp onto it.

Slide the wire loop of the second end of the bracelet onto it.

Close the jump ring.

Wire and Bead Bracelet Project



You're done! You know how to make a bead bracelet using wire and beads. Gorgeous!

Wire and Bead Bracelet Project


A simple beaded line bracelet design that doubles as a daily go-to bracelet or a night on the town show stopper.

Wire and Bead Bracelet Project

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