How to Make an Embellished Stretch Bracelet by Fernando DaSilva

SKU VID-0970
Designer: Fernando DaSilva
Skill Level: Beginner
In this video, Fernando DaSilva shows you how to make an embellished stretch bracelet using the DazzleIt! Tropical Punch slider beads from start to finish.
Audio Transcript
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we are going to make a trip to tropical ends today creating this retro beautiful cuff bracelet made of lucite components and Czech glass beads and little metal spacer beads as well the shape of the components are very architectural so you can play with them by itself so you can create a whole bracelet just with two components together but I believe that a good design needs to have good interesting textures combined together that's why I decided to use glass beads and metal spacers so we're gonna work with a piece of stretching cord I have like one foot and a half of stretching part and don't be really cheap on the cord because we I always recommend toward who always with more when comes with training material more than really neat we're gonna string the component first the over component and then I'm gonna start adding to create the bracelet the special beads and the glass beads in between them so I have an ovoid slider then I'm gonna bring a spacer beads we have were using this little flower to keep on that tropical vibe and now I'm gonna start adding the beads the glass beads onto the stretching cords then I add a second bead cap then I bring the different the hourglass shape of the lucite component you can start seeing that it's gonna really start coming alive the colors together and I'm gonna do entire row one side first you string all the components and then you tie the string material and then you're going to have to do the second part another big cap we're using this flower shape the caps to keep everything vibrant and tropical at the same time this components does have a retro vibe as well so and we have more colors and all of them work really nice together my job this is a very easy project but again you can the components can be used for a necklace can be used for even for earrings if you want to do some kind of a more bold and extravagant hopes and give you like really nice because the variety of colors are really they they really bring you to this fashion-forward look another one oh and by the way I'm using four of each I'm doing like I would say that a fairly large cuff that pretty much would fit a seven between seven and a half to eight inches bracelet but of course I recommend you to you know size and see you might need just three of each you might need maybe just two of each you need to size and see how many of the components we sound packages of four so you get four of each of the shapes on our retail package another of the oval you can see the color and it's it really has this cool very very it actually this is great now for our season although it's a tropical lying about this color combination he really has a very chic fall look then I'm going to add my last lucite component in the last need to be caps and one more glass Pete so you can imagine that this could be actually enact lies if you're not adding anything on the bottom right so you could just add a chain or a chord towards to the net to torch at the back end you would have a necklace but today we're making a cuff now we're gonna just tie one side of your fantastic cuff and there is no a lot of people asking me if there is any trick I would say my trick to tie stretching cord is I pretty stretch when I finish the knot I just do a overhand knot and then I stretch it once that knot is done and then I add a second knot on top and then you have so you can see here then first the top portion would be like the top portion of the bracelet is done now we're going to string everything going to just repeat over the same pattern to do the second the bottom part of the bracelet okay now I'm going to start stringing the second row of beads and one thing that I personally like to do is that I don't want I don't like to start on the same area like I'm going to start I could have started on the other side and finish have the second knot here but I wanted second knot to be on the opposite side of the first knot so let's do first let's string to the slider then we start bringing our components so we have bead cap flower bead cap we have a another glass beads sometimes you need a little forces it'll be a way to the string material into the these beads and but it's the natural nature quiet of the string itself when you work with the stretching cord you can use a stretch of Chordettes thinner if you want either I like to use one millimeter size because I feel like that's more it creates a more safe secure piece that's gonna have long you know like a nice longevity so one millimeter is my favorite size when it come up and like create stretching bracelet but some I know some people who actually use 0.8 whatever makes you happier but you think that not make you happier but needs to make you know the design to work you have thing I believe I'm stringing my last set of beads in bit cap then we're gonna do the same now we can see how beautiful you know the shape of your cuff is really rich and they all go to do the same we're gonna do an overhand knot and you can also another thing you can also always pretty stretch before we start forming or not try to make and this is there is no trick you have just to do your knot and see because you don't want to make pull one part too tight you know the tighter than the other one that you've already did so you have to look at and see if the shape is pleasant to your eyes so and here you have it so now I'm going to glue to not both knots and this is the glue that I wrote suggest you choose with stringing court I'm sorry I meant to say stretching cord you don't need a lot just like to dabs of the glue on top of your knot and you let it sit I would say let's see do not wear in less than 24 hours but you know I'm gonna show you a little trick to protect your knot okay so now I just have to trim and I'm going to add the green covers okay the reason that I music covers pretty much to hide that knot if you're using component that the hole is big enough in reality you could pull that knot into the component I think that's a little bit risky and I wanna I don't want to ruin my job and start over again so I decided to use crimp covers you know they were originally created or invented to cover the crank when you do like stringing using like stainless still stringing material but in this case I just used to hide the knot you know because I think gives that that nice finish of course you need to make that as part of your design so I help I hope okay actually you can you can handle hold the crimp cover with your crimp pliers but you can just slide over like I did and then I'm moving just gonna close it using the external jaw of the myrick ring there the reason I like to use the Myra crimper and because the size of the bead amuses five millimeters it slightly smaller than the size of the beads to be the six millimeter so that's gonna just naturally you know flows really nice and then now you could wait 24 hours to trim but you know I want to make this pretty and show it finish for you so let's trim here one side and then let's do the other one and remember you're going to need four I'm going to show you why we need four although you just have to hide two knots but you need four because you need to make that part of your design so people don't know that they were there really to hide the knot they're gonna think that all it is part of the design so again I did the same thing so I could cover and I went over and then I use the external draw of the crimp plier to close the crimp cover then I'm gonna trim again but now to make a really design work you're gonna add there is no not but you're just gonna close the crepe cover over the stretching part and immediately it's gonna make sense trust me here so we have one here one here and then you had another one and you're under great cover on this side yeah it can be tricky but you know it it's all part of the nature of you doing yourself green your own design green cover again closing your cover make sure you do not smash your crimp cover and it's easy to do if you don't have a really good control of the pliers if you do you just have to try to open that crimp cover and cut it and replace it and here you have your cuff and now we're going to show you how to add an extra pizazz on to a fantastic lucite bracelet see those components I just add serves the crystal flatbacks onto them so the coolest thing is that because of their the way that the surface is the flat bags are a perfect addition for those for these components so and that's what we're going to be doing now so first we're gonna add we're gonna work with each six thousand blue then I'm going to spend a little bit of the glue inside of this cup you don't need a lot you just need really adapt in remember every time when you're adding glue we were adding fatback crystals on to a component you need to have light hands and try to be as heavy as finesse as possible otherwise you're gluing result is not going to look good and you know we need that to look fabulous it is okay to be how made but it's not a PA to be handmade is that right or is the opposite I don't know but anyway I'm trying to say that let's make it ourselves but let's try to refine the technique so we look as it was done professionally in honor fabric you know by a factory okay and sometimes we have these strings that follow you you don't need that so let's do again on the other side and then immediately after we're gonna apply the crystals and we are using this the crystal katana - it's a pick up tool for crystals so if you wanna apply flatbacks on everything or any type of surface this is the best tool in the market and we have it so I'm gonna do two butterflies on the bowtie / hourglass component and I'm going to put them on an opposite going on opposite direction to make it fun you can use always the metal tip of the crystal katana to adjust into you know press lightly pressed your crystal thread back onto the surface make sure it glues well now I'm gonna use I'm gonna bring this fantastic shape created by survives as well it's the ellipse shape and it fits perfectly add so much elegance and sophistication to the component so we're gonna use two of them right on the curved edge you know it's almost like Oh again you can use the metal tip of the crystal katana to press your component onto the your crystal onto the component and then you have it so if you decide to create a bracelet the cuff bracelet that has a little bit of flat bags and little extra sparkles you should do the crystals first you the creases on your components first and after that you do what you have just showed you string all your components with beads without beads on through stretching cord and then you're gonna have a fantastic very elegant retrosheet bracelet you

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