Why we love this tutorial:
This was a class we ran many years ago – we used to make it with size 6/0 seed beads, but I was keen to see if it would work with 4mm round gemstone beads. And it did! I actually really love how this one turned out, so I think I’ll be making a few more in the future with different gemstones 😀 These earthy colours of Autumn Jasper go nicely with the bronze, and make this a subtle and quite casual bracelet. We’ve made it with a center 12mm round bead (plus caps), however this is totally optional. In fact, if you want to make a super long multi-layer bracelet I’d probably leave out the feature bead and just stick with the 4mm beads (you could perhaps mix it up a bit and use other 4mm beads as well!). This design is very simply and easy to make – a lot less fuss than other styles of wrap bracelets!
Beads and Materials You’ll Need:
- approx. 100* 4mm round gemstone beads (we’ve used Autumn Jasper 4mm rounds). *Note: This bracelet was made to wrap around my wrist twice and used 100 beads. However, everyone’s wrist is a different size and/or you may wish to wrap around more times. So the number of beads you require will definitely vary!
- 12mm round gemstone bead (we’ve used a 12mm round Autumn Jasper bead).
- approx. 100x 5mm split rings (one ring for each bead, so see not on bead quantities above!).
- 2x 8mm to 11mm bead caps. I used some caps from my own stash, but any bead cap that is smaller than the 12mm bead will work.
- 2x Clamshells
- 2x crimps
- lobster clasp
- extension chain (optional)
Tools You’ll Need:
Step 1. Take two pieces of tigertail about 50cm long each (or longer if making more wraps). Attach a clamshell (with flattened crimp inside) to the end of the two wires combined.
Step 2. Slide a 4mm bead onto one of the strands of tigertail.
Step 3. Slide a split ring over both strands of tigertail.
Step 4. Slide a bead onto the opposite strand from the first bead.
Step 5. Then slide another jump ring over both strands.
Step 6. Continue with this pattern, pushing the beads down as you go.
Step 7. Because this is a two layer wrap bracelet, you will not be putting the 12mm feature right in the middle (if you were to do so, the clasp would end up being on the same side as your feature bead and sit on top of the wrist). So, to know when to add the feature bead you will need to do this: Measure the circumference of your wrist with a piece of string (if making a snug bracelet like this one). If you want your bracelet loose, measure how you would like the bracelet to sit. Then, halve that measurement. This is the length at which you will add your feature bead. In this bracelet it was about 7.5cm.
Step 8. It’s time to add the feature bead. Put a split ring after the last 4mm bead, then a bead cap, then the 12mm bead and another cap and split ring.
Step 9. Now add the rest of your 4mm beads and split rings as before. This section will be considerable longer than the first section – don’t be alarmed!
Step 10. After adding a final split ring, attach a clamshell (with crimp inside). Trim off the excess tigertail.
Step 11. Attach a lobster clasp to the clamshell. Or you may like to use a different style of clasp – a magnetic clasp would make this bracelet a whole lot easier to do up!
Step 12. On the other end, attach a split ring for the lobster to hook into. You may also like to add a small section of chain to make the bracelet adjustable.
Step 13. And this is the finished wrap bracelet…