Summer Gypsy Bracelet-Beaded Jewelry Tutorial

Summer Gypsy Bracelet-Beaded Jewelry Tutorial


Hi there, Sandy here. Welcome to another jewelry making video at
KeepsakeCrafts.net. Today I have for you a really pretty bracelet
that you can make using any beads you like, but I’m going to be focusing on using Czech
fire polished beads that I get in my monthly bead boxes. So if you’ve been watching my channel for
any time now, you may have noticed over the past few months I have been receiving fire
polished beads as a monthly subscription from The Dollar Bead Bag and Box. And I thought it would be fun to show you
a project that you can do with these. I’ve actually found uses for a lot of my strands,
but they come like this and it’s a fun subscription. I’ll give you a link to my blog post where
you can learn more about it and it’s just so much fun to get beads in the mail every
month. When you get your beads, they come with a
list telling you what they are and this is what I do. I cut out the names and then just tape them
to the strands or keep them with the beads that I’ve made loose in with them and that
way I know what they are. So my bracelet design started with this. It’s just a copper tube slide clasp and if
you want to know more about these, I’ve done a Friday Findings video on them. They’re magnetic, so there’s a magnet up here
that this pops into and then you can put five strands or you could actually put more or
less. You can put more than one on each loop or
you can skip loops, but I think I’m going to do a five strand bracelet today. So I pulled out a bunch of beads that I thought
would look nice and I kind of had in mind to do similar colors that I did for a recent
pair of earrings. I called them The Gypsy Boho Earrings with
these blue turquoise chips. Definitely going to use these. Opaque Red Bronze Luster. I just love this kind of red-orange-y look
and then I pulled out a few others. I think maybe these are a little too purple-y
for what I have in mind. I also have these. These are crystals. These are faceted glass in Tangerine, but
I think maybe they’re a little pale for what I have in mind. These are actually some pretty inexpensive
beads that you can buy by the hank at your craft store. I kind of like those. Those are kind of pretty. Let’s see, those are called Crystal Light
Beige Luster. It’s kind of a gold. That will look good with the copper and the
red. I do have these kind of purple-y/black. I’m not sure I love that so I don’t think
so. It looks like the warm colors are winning
here or should I do a green? Let’s see, should I do this dark red? Yeah, I think I’ll do the green cause it kind
of gives another cool with the blue and I’ve got the red and the orange and the gold. So let me show you how easy it is to assemble
a bracelet of this sort. Once you have your beads and your clasp chosen
you’ll need some crimps, some wire protectors, crimp covers are nice and some bead stringing
wire. I’m going to cut for myself 7.25″ which is
my usual size for a bracelet and I’m going to cut about another 3″. So I’ll cut a little over 10″. So the first thing to do is slide on a crimp
and then slide on your wire protector, this little horseshoe piece will protect your wire
like it’s called and also finish the ends of the wire. Since I’m doing copper findings here, this
gold wire will hardly show through the copper wire protector and it just keeps the wire
from abrading. So you go in through one end and out the other
of that little horseshoe shape and then I’m going to take my clasp. Now that short end of the wire needs to go
through the crimp as well. I’m going to shorten that tail just a little
by pulling on the longer end. You can use crimping, oh it’s magnetic, the
joys of magnetic tools make it so great, except when they’re not…I’m going to use my One
Step Crimper if it will let me… here we go, to crimp this. You can also just use crimping pliers or even
just a pair of flat nose pliers. Always test. Give it a good tug to make sure that that
crimp is secure and trim off that excess wire. What I do use crimping pliers for is to pick
up crimp covers because they fit right in those little curved spaces perfectly. Now I can just slide that over that flattened
crimp, squeeze gently until it’s closed. If I have this right in the center, then between
all the findings that will be about an inch or that will be taken up with the findings
and the clasp. So I’ll need around 6.25″-6.5″ of beads. I think I’ll put these pretty red ones in
the middle. Oh and by the way, I also pulled out a few
little copper beads and spacers. I thought they would be nice fillers. I’m not sure if I have a full 6.5″ of all
of my beads so I thought I would just sprinkle some of these randomly in with my beads. So here I’ve gone ahead and strung on all
of my red beads and I really like the look of these copper beads spaced in there. When I do that to all of the strands, that
will just help tie everything together nicely. Now I’ve got about 6.5″ of beads on here,
so I want to see if this will fit and I’m going to slide that end wire through the other
loop. That’s why I left the clasp together instead
of pulling the pieces apart and now a test. And as I’m looking at how much space the wire
protector and crimp take up on the other side, I think this will be a good size. This is a little snug now, but once I add
those other beads I think it will be good. So I’ll carefully undo this and finish this
end by sliding on a crimp and a wire protector. I hope that you’ve found my videos inspiring
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to give to my patrons. So we’re starting in the center to help us
keep everything straight so that things don’t get twisted and I’ll show you what I mean
in a moment. So now we’re just going to finish up by sliding
that wire back through the crimp, pull it just snug and then back it off about 1/8″. This leaves room for the crimp cover and also
for the beads to flow nicely. Go ahead and crimp. Test, it’s much easier to test to see if it’s
not holding now than have it come apart after you trim the wire. I’ve done that. It’s a pain. Then put on the crimp cover just the same
and then repeat for all of your strands of beads. Now if you find that maybe five strands doesn’t
look full enough for you, if you really want more, more is more, than you can put more
than one strand on a loop. You can probably, if you skip the wire protectors,
you could probably put two or three on each of these loops. And the reason that I’ve left this together
is because it’s very easy to twist it and get them… when you put your subsequent strands
on, of course the center one is easy, but when you put the other ones on, you don’t
want to put the one that you started with over here over here. That won’t work so well. So leave it together as much as you can or
even just do all of one end with it open and then close it up and finish it with the other
end. So here I am, I just finished adding the last
strand and I wanted to point out a few things to you about sizing this style of bracelet. First of all, you really should check your
size once you finish crimping the second end of the first strand. Try on the bracelet, make sure it fits and
actually you should check the sizing after every strand. There’s something about stringing this type
of bracelet. It’s very easy for subsequent strands to get
shorter and shorter and if you don’t check them, you may end up finding yourself with
a bracelet that is too small. The bracelet is going to be the size of the
smallest strand. So what I mean is once you add your second
end, so here’s the first end all finished with the crimp cover and the wire trimmed,
the beads are strung and then I’ve added the second crimp, the second wire protector and
crimped it. And now would be the time to try it on and
make sure that it fits because if it doesn’t, if you’ve made your strand too short, you
can actually go in with your flush cutters and very carefully nibble away at that crimp
without cutting through any of the wire and then you’ll be able to pull it down and make
it a little bit longer without redoing and restringing everything. Now if you’re interested in the supplies I
used, you should always click on the little ‘i’ in the upper right of the video or the
link in the description box to go to my blog post where I always have a complete supply
list and links to products. Be sure to subscribe if you haven’t already
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these tutorials. Happy creating! Bye bye.

9 Comments

  1. Perfectly timed idea as usual. Those earrings have made me scramble through my bead caps and links only to find I didn't have one to smoosh flat . I guess I'll have to wait on them awhile longer , maybe in my new bead box 😏 . Oh and wire protectors ugh wire too 🀣 it never ends .

  2. love this! I too subscribe to Dollar Bead (Bag). you have given me an idea how to use them instead of just collecting them and using them as embellishments.

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