How to Make a Party Bead Multi Strand Bracelet

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Designer: Megan Milliken
In this video, learn how to make a multi strand bracelet with Czech glass party beads and beading wire.
Audio Transcript
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Hi! This is Megan with Beadaholique.com and today I'm going to show you how to make this party bead multi-strand bracelet using these really pretty and fun new czech glass party beads what you're going to need is the party beads you can also use any other round bead that would fit on the beading wire I'm using the six millimeter size czech glass party beads some of the brighter neon colors and you can pick what size that you like best together, you can also do them all one color or just a couple of colors I was just going for that kind of rainbow bright effects you also need some beading wire. I'm using soft flex in medium and just the regular color, it doesn't show much and then I'm using a five strand tube clasp pulls apart just that, this is just silver plated and I have silver plated wire and thread protectors some silver plated crimp tubes so I'm gonna show you how to do one strand and then all five strands are done just the same way so I started with a ten inch length of beading wire give myself some extra because I'd rather have too much then not enough and have to do it over again you will need for sure couple of inches on each end to fold back one thing to keep in mind is that the clasp and the thread and wire protectors and the crimps are going to add about an inch so the length of the beads that you string you're gonna want that to be just about an inch shorter than your desired finish bracelet length so mine was about six inches of beads and then about an inch to make a seven-inch bracelet for that I have a ten-inch piece of wire, if you want to do one that's much bigger or smaller you should adjust your wire length to and if you're going a lot bigger you might actually need more than one strand of the beads each there are some left for a seven inch bracelet, you could be able to go up maybe as much as an inch before you need more beads go ahead and take your beads off of the strand and I know with these particular beads I want twenty six beads that's just because I've already figured that out so if you're doing a different length or using different beads then you wanna measure but for my purposes I know I want twenty six of these for about six inches so the first thing we're going to do is attach our strand to our clasp and one tip I will give you is for stringing these I keep the clasp closed it helps to avoid ending up with your class the wrong way and having your work twist and it also helps if you keep the wire bent if you do it straight and you do it too tight, they won't bend I find it easier to just keep this close and work that way the first thing to do is put the crimp tube onto the beading wire put the wire into the wire protector back through the other end you want about an inch sticking out past the end of your protector here and then you'll just put the free end through one of the rings in your clasp and then slide the crimp tube down over both ends and your wire protector also you can kind of squish it just gently with your fingers to make the ends meet and push that crimp tube just right up next to that and then use crimping pliers to crimp your tube down you have the two spaces on your crimping pliers your gonna use the first space that has the little bend at the top turn it side ways and use the second one if you're not familiar the second one will round it off make it nice and smooth take flush cutters and trim the excess of the wire just right next to the tube and string your beads you shouldn't need any kind of needle or anything though beading wire is sturdy if you are going to use a different bead you do need to make sure that it's going to have a large enough hole for the beading wire there are different sizes if you need to use a fine instead of a medium but just check the measurements of the item description and make sure that it's going to fit or if you already have the beads then you can just test it and make sure check and make sure that I've got about six inches worth of beads, I want a seven inch bracelet and make sure that you keep your strands even too. So you don't want to have longer or shorter strands unless you don't want them to be even. If you want them to be different lengths you can play with that make sure you're using the same number of beads if you're using the same time slide another crimp tube right onto the other end then put the end through the other end of the wire protector down through the other side don't pull it all the way down yet now you're going to just loop right around put that through the loop next to the one you used before, you want to keep it nice and straight for this project put the tail end through the crimp close up your protector there and gently pull this you don't wanna pull super tight. You don't want to create friction between the beads so it's already rounded that's helping so just make sure that it moves pretty freely and then go ahead and crimp that crimp tube as well you'll finish the first strand just trim off the tail end of the wire that's all there is to it. All you're going to do is you repeat the exact same process with your other four strands of beads and you'll end up with a bracelet just like this one. Go to www.beadaholique.com to purchase beading supplies and to get design ideas!

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