Learn To Bead Video #5: Make a Bracelet

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Designer: Julie Bean
Use all the knowledge you have gained in the first 4 videos of the Learn To Bead series and make your first project: a simple and elegant bracelet. Use beads, findings, tools, and stringing material. This is the Summer Rose Bracelet #B602 if you want an ingredient list and written instructions.
Audio Transcript
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Welcome back to Beadaholique.com's Learn to Bead Video Series. In the past four videos we're learned all about the types of beads available, findings to go with those beads, stringing materials to link them together and the tools needed to do so. Now we are ready to start beading. A bracelet is always a good first project. It's relatively quick and does not require a lot of supplies. To begin measure your wrist. Do so by just taking a piece of string, wrapping it around your wrist until the two ends meet. Hold that piece and measure on a ruler. The average wrist is about seven inches. You can see mine is about six, yours might be seven or eight. So that will give you a good indication of how much beading wire you're going to need to cut. Before you begin actually beading you may need to gather all your tools and supplies. For this project that we going to do today, it's called the Summer Rose bracelet. You can look on Beadaholique.com's website for the free instructions under free beading projects. It'll actually have the detailed ingredient list as well as a step-by-step instructions. In our bead category we're gonna need coin pearls, they're name for their shape, round beads, bicone beads again they're named for their shape. In the findings category we have a little bead caps. We have a toggle clasp and we have two crimped tubes. We also have some stringing material. This is some beading wire in silver color. Now I took my wrist measurement which was six inches and I added about five inches to that measurement. I cut myself about eleven inches of stringing material. That way you'll have some to work with and you're just gonna need three tools. You're going to need a bead stopper, a flush cutter and crimping pliers. Let's begin beading. Open up your bead stopper and place your beading wire into the stopper. It's gonna hold it tight now. Have a tail of several inches. We are going to begin with our crimp tube. We're not going to worry about putting a clasp on at this point. We're just going to start stringing on beads. You can tell that they're just gonna stay on that bead stopper. If you want you can lay out your beads ahead of time in a set pattern. Just lay them out on the mat and then you can bead them according to lay out you have or you can just start beading. And you just put some beads onto the beading wire. We've got to the end of bracelet and I just put on the last bead. Now I'm going to put on a crimp tube. So i started my bracelet with a crimp tube so I'm going to end with a crimp tube. Before I do anything else I'm just going to visually check over my bracelet. I just make sure that my bead caps are all facing the right direction. That my pattern is the same. It's not too late to change it. Everything's still loose on here. You can take off the beads if you made a mistake and just restring them. So now what I want to do is I want to take one half of my toggle clasp I want to put my beading wire through the hole. You can see it's now just sitting on top of the crimp tube. Now I'm going to take my end. This is why you cut extra beading wire. You didn't just cut it to the length of your wrist. Pull it through the crimp tube. Actually what I want to do as well is I wanna pull it through a couple beads next to it as long. That's going to help to hide that that tail once I crimp it. So I'm not worried at this point that I have kind of loose on here. I'm going to pull that up there tight. I'm going to take my crimping pliers. I'm going to hold it. I'm just going insert it so it's resting in that notch which is closest to the handle. Pull it so it's pretty tight so that the clasp can still move. I'm just going to squeeze down. It's the first part of my crimp. Now I'm just going to rotate it squeeze down. You now I have a nice finished crimp tube. Now you can tell that my little tail came undone there which is fine. I'm just going to thread it back. Now I'm going to take my flush cutters and make sure that I cut not the beading wire which has all the beads on it but the little tail. Just cut that right there. So I have my bar part of my toggle clasp secure. I'm just going to go to the other end now. I've put this crimp on to begin. I'm just going to take my other half of my clasp. Go ahead to the same thing you did on the other side. Loop that beading wire back through. Go through a couple beads next to the crimp tube. And on this one you want to make sure you don't have a big gap so I'm just going to carefully ease it down and pull. You want a little bit of give. You don't want to be so stiff that it doesn't have any flexibility to it. I just want to make sure that I have some movement. Hold it up and you can pull it down. Now I'm going to go ahead and crimp this end as well. And I'm going to cut off that tail. This is why you use a pair of flush cutters. You don't use wire cutters you find at the hardware store. You're going to want to get a really nice precision type cut. And there you have a very simple bracelet that you can enjoy. So I hope you were inspired by this video to begin a beading project of your own or make this Summer Rose Bracelet. In the next video we are gonna talk all about necklace lengths. What each length is called and how to chose the appropriate one. Go to Beadaholique.com for all of your beading supplies needs!

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