Multi strand stretch bracelet
Learn how to make a multistrand stretch bracelet with step by step jewelry making instructions.
Sandhya wanted to know how to make the multistrand stretch bracelet shown in the picture below. She wrote...
"I have a multi strand stretch bracelet that I would love to duplicate but I am not able to do it.I cannot find the pattern. Can someone help me in making this bracelet pattern?
It looks so simple but I just can't get it to work. (Photo attached) Can someone point me in the right direction?
Thank you so much."
Here's the instructions provided by making-beaded-jewelry.com:
Sandhya, thanks for waiting a couple of weeks for me to order and get the materials and then make the bracelet. The stretch bracelet that I managed to make looks very close to the one you provided as inspiration.
I hope this bead jewelry project works out as you hoped it would.
Multistrand Stretch Bracelet Jewelry Making Instructions
Stretch Bracelet Jewelry Making Supplies
- 3 or more strands of 15 or 16 inch (38.1 or 40.6 cm) chip beads (I used peridot chips)
- Gossamer Floss
- Flexible beading needle (collapsible eye needle)
- Hypo Cement glue
Jewelry Making Instructions on How to Make a Multi-Strand Stretch Bracelet
1. Calculate Amount of Gossamer Floss Needed
Determine the length of your bracelet. I used my normal length of 7 inches (17.8 cm).
Add one inch (2.5 cm). (Length of my bracelet = 8 inches (20.3 cm). The reason I added an extra inch is because even though we're using a stretchy stringing material, we don't want our bracelet to over stretch when we put it on and take it off. Over time lots of stretching will wear done the floss material sooner.
Determine the width of your bracelet. How many strands wide do you want your stretch bracelet to be? (I thought I wanted 8 or 10, but once I started to make the bracelet I settled on four strands.)
Now determine how much floss you will need. Multiply the length (8) by number of strands (4) = 40 inches (101.6 cm). Now double that number (that's 80 inches (203.2 cm) for me). Then add 10 inches (25.4 cm) for tying your knots.
So, for me, I cut 90 inches (228.6 cm) of Gossamer floss from its roll.
2. Thread one end of the Gossamer Floss through the eye of the flexible beading needle and center the needle along the length of the floss. Collapse the eye of the needle against the floss.
Bring both loose ends of the floss together and tie a Surgeon's Knot.
String Strand One
String your beads onto the flexible beading needle and down onto the floss.
4. String enough beads to meet the predetermined length of your bracelet.
5. Thread the flexible beading needle through the first bead that you strung onto the strand.
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6. Complete Strand One
Pull the floss, removing slack, until the last bead strung just meets the first bead strung. Do not pull the floss too tightly. Strand 1 is now complete. (That was easy, but from now on each strand gets trickier to string!)
Holding the together where the first and last beads meet, you may want to try on the
bracelet so that it goes over your hand easily without over stretching. If you feel it stretches too much, string on a few extra beads and try it on again.
7. String Strand 2 through X
Thread three beads onto the flexible beading needle and down the floss until they meet those of the first strand.
8. Thread the flexible beading needle through the fourth bead over from the knot on Strand 1.
9. Pull the floss, removing slack, until the three beads strung on this strand fall into place snugly against the beads from the previous strand.
To more easily thread the flexible beading needle through a bead, you may need to hold that bead slightly up (or out) from the other beads. With the bead you need to thread through resting on your index finger, let the strand(s) drape over your index finger so that you can more easily reach its hole.
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10. In the picture below you can see how Strand 2 is being built upon Strand 1. Here, I've strung and threaded about four 3 bead sections onto Strand 2.
11. Repeat Steps 6 through 8
Repeat Steps 6 through 8 until you have strung and threaded your desired number of strands, ending your last strand above the knot of Strand 1 (however many strands down it might be). I strung and threaded four strands.
12. Finish the Bracelet Ends
Now, using scissors and leaving a tail of several inches (centimeters), cut the strands of Gossamer Floss. With a floss end in each hand, tie the tail in at least one Surgeon's Knot tightly against the beads. (I tied three Surgeon's Knots for extra security.) You can also tie another Surgeon's Knot in the already tied knot of Strand 1.
Using scissors, cut the excess floss from both ends. Dab a drop or two of Hypo Cement glue on each knot if desired for even more added security
You're done...Enjoy your new multi-strand stretch bracelet!