Since making my 3 string bracelet for Sarah I have found that it is not best to do that many strings on one jump ring. I have since fixed that bracelet, which I will post next, by using a 3 ring closure. Much like the one I use to make this ankle bracelet of vibrant colors.
*Bright Teal beads
(.45mm in silver)
*3 ring closer set (front and back)
*needle nose pliers
*Tip 1- Plan It
Out* As with all jewelry designs I laid out the design on
my bead board before I started doing anything. Had to try out different style
gem stones to see which one matched best, as I did not buy any of the beads at
the same time.
* Tip 2 - Measure* Always measure for each project to make sure the
lengths that fit best are correct. This is important when making items for other
people. Once you have done them enough times you will know the required lengths
and can skip this step.
- Measure out the length of bead
wire you will need to fit around your ankle (and no this will not likely be the same as your wrist) and then give yourself about 2
inches to loop back through at the ends. Use wire cutters to cut correct
Take a clamp and thread it on the bead wire; then slide the bead wire through
first ring of the 3 ring closure. Loop the bead wire back through the
clamp bead and then use the clamp pliers to clamp it the bead in place. This
should allow for a loop to hold the one end in place.
*Tip 3- Tight Loops* Try and keep
the loop as tight as possible to keep from having a big gap. This can be done by
holding one end of the bead wire with a needle nose pliers and then taking the
other end of the wire and pulling it tighter.
-Thread on the beads in the order of the design you picked ahead of time. (see *Tip
1*) In my case it was just solid color for each string.
-Continue this until you have the length you
determined earlier. (see *Tip 2*)
-Once you have
finished your design for the length, slide on a clamp and use the clamp pliers
to secure it in place. (see *Suggestion
1* and *Tip
*Suggestion 1* Doing one clamp
bead at the end to make sure everything stays tight and then another to create
the loop is NOT required. You can choose to use only one clamp bead,
just be sure to keep the beads together tightly enough to not end up with large
gaps when you wear it. I do it for both ease and strength. Beginners can do this
until they get better at rethreading the closure clamp.
*Tip 4 - Consider Material and
Purpose* You must always be aware of the type of give and
strength your supplies have or you could end up with breaks, scrapping, and no
flexibility. The heavier the wire the less bend and flexibility it has. String
the beads too tightly together and some will rub together and break. String them
too tightly and the beads will bunch and not bend well around your wrist. Some
times you need to allow for "give room" with bracelets in order to get the
bracelet to wrap.
-Take another clamp bead and thread it on first follow it by threading the wire through the first loop on the 3 ring closure, then thread the wire back through the clamp.
Now tighten the wire until you have a small loop. Use the clamp pliers to close the clamp when you
have the loop the size you want. (see *Tip
-Take a wire cutters and clip off the extra wire as
close as possible to the last clamp bead. If the wire is bend-able enough and
the bead holes are big enough you can thread the extra wire back through the
beads instead of cutting it.
-Repeat the second step till the sixth one and complete the other two strands.
-The 3 hole closure has length of chain already attached, so no need to attach one.
That will finish off the