Adjustable Cord Bracelet (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

With this bracelet’s adjustable closure, you can easily create bracelets that will fit wrists securely and comfortably.

Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

The sliding adjustable closure also eliminates clasps that need to be fastened and unfastened:

Clasp-free, adjustable closure for Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This is a great bracelet style for guys and gals of all ages.

Stack up several of them on your wrist!

Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This is also a fun project to teach to kids, teens, and beginning jewelry artists of any age!

How to Wear This Bracelet:

Slide the cord ends through the tube bead to make the bracelet large enough to slip on over your hand and onto your wrist (shown in the photo at left below).

Then pull the cord ends to tighten the bracelet comfortably around your wrist (shown in the photo at right below):

How the adjustable closure works - Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Supplies:

  • Cord – leather, satin, cotton, or other.
    I used 2mm thick leather cord.

    How Much Cord Do You Need?
    Measure the wrist that will be wearing the bracelet.
    Then add 8″ (203mm) to the wrist measurement.

    Example: Wrist measurement of 7″.
    7″ wrist + 8″ = 15″ piece of cord.

  • Decorative beads with a hole size that will fit onto your bracelet cord.
    I used 1 focal bead and 6 smaller beads, each with a 2mm hole size to fit onto my cord.
  • 2 “end-beads” that will be next to the knotted cord ends.
  • 1 bead with a hole that’s 2x the width of your cord.
    This is the “tube bead” that your cord ends will slide through to make the bracelet adjustable.
    So for my 2mm cord, I used a brass bead with a 4mm hole.
  • A small clip, clothespin, or binder clip – to prevent your beads from sliding off the cord.

How to Make an
Adjustable Cord Bracelet

We’ll start out by choosing the beads for this project.

I decided on a coppery focal bead, to be flanked by a total of six smaller, patterned rondel beads – all with 2mm holes:

Decorative beads for Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

I wanted to continue with the patterned rondel beads, so I used two more of them for the end-beads that will go next to the cord ends:

End-beads for Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

For my “tube bead” that the cord ends will slide through, I chose this brass bead with a 4mm hole:

"Tube bead" for the adjustable closure on Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

I chose this slightly distressed brown leather cord, 2mm wide:

2mm leather cord for Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now it’s time to cut the length of cord you need for your bracelet.

After measuring my wrist at 6.5″ (165mm), I added 8″ (203mm) extra for the knots and bracelet ends.

So I cut off a piece of cord 14.5″ (368mm) long:

Cut the cord to the proper length - Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

After cutting the bracelet cord, it’s time to add the decorative beads:

Getting ready to string beads on the cord for Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

String the beads onto the cord:
Stringing the beads onto the cord - Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and slide them around to the center of the cord.

Then keep the beads in place by clamping a beading clip at one end of the beads:

Keep beads in place with a clip - Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Next, to keep the beads centered in place on the cord, we’ll make a simple knot in the cord, at each end of the beads.

We’ll make the first knot at the cord end that isn’t clamped.

First make a little loop in the cord, right next to the beads:

Making a knot at one end of the beads - Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . then pass the cord end through the loop to make the knot:
Making a knot at one end of the beads - Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

As you tighten the knot, snug it up against the beads:

Making a knot at one end of the beads - Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

The finished knot should look like this:

Finishing the first knot for Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then make an identical knot at the other end of the beads:

Make an identical knot at the other end of the beads -  for Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Next, we’ll add the tube bead that has the 4mm hole, to create the bracelet’s sliding adjustable feature:

Adding the tube bead for the adjustable closure - Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

String the tube bead onto one end of your bracelet cord:
Adding the tube bead for the adjustable closure - Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then string one of your end-beads onto the cord:
Adding the tube bead for the adjustable closure - Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll make a small knot at the end of the cord.

Start by making a loop at the cord end:

Adding the tube bead for the adjustable closure - Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then pass the cord end through the loop to make the knot:

Adding the tube bead for the adjustable closure - Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then tighten the knot, sliding it toward the end of the cord.

Next, string the remaining cord end through the tube bead:

Adding the tube bead for the adjustable closure - Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then string your remaining end-bead onto the cord:

Adding the tube bead for the adjustable closure - Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and finish off this cord end with the same type of knot you made at the first cord end:

Finishing the cord end for Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your adjustable cord bracelet is finished:

Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Adjustable Cord Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

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Comments

  1. barbara says:

    I am thinking that as the cord wears, the tube will become too large and will need to be resized?(ie smaller?)

  2. Thanks for mentioning that, Barbara! I haven’t had that situation yet with my bracelets, but – depending on the type of cord – it’s certainly something to keep in mind.

  3. Hey Rena! I LOVE this bracelet. I just made one!! I haven’t made any jewelry for about a month. But this one looked like fun so I tried it. I started giggling when I put it on!!! It’s SO cute!! I used these heavy brass heart-shaped beads for the end beads and my wrist is flanked by love. Aww. Love this! Thank you so much. 🙂

  4. Cheryl, that’s so lovely to hear! And I love the idea of your bracelet flanking your wrist with love. So glad this project got you back to your worktable!

  5. Love this tutorial and can’t wait to make a bracelet. Thanks for always inspiring me to try new things.

  6. suzie silbert says:

    Love this! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Michele Rappoport says:

    Loved this tutorial…thank you, Rena!

  8. You’re very welcome, Michele! And thank you for your lovely feedback. 🙂

  9. Rena what part of the country do you live in? What do you think these bracelets

    would sell for? I do craft fairs and I made some really nice knotted bracelets and was charging $25. I belonged to a jewelry group and I asked for critique. They told me I should be selling them for $10. The beads were pretty expensive and it made me discouraged. Pricing is so hard. I had a retail store for 19 years and had no trouble there but people think you should give stuff away at craft fairs.
    Thank you for any advice, Shari

  10. Hi Shari, I use my jewelry pricing formula for pricing my jewelry, to make sure I’m not losing money on the sale of my items. If you follow the formula and people say your prices are too high, then you may be showing your jewelry to the wrong crowd or in the wrong venue. You may need to target a different audience – or sell your jewelry in different places. And / or you may need to package, display, and promote the piece as being worth the price.

  11. Hi. I’ve been looking everywhere trying to explain my brscelet, and I followed you here. My bracelet can now call itself an “adjustable cord bracelet” that was made in silver. I liked it because it had a partial bar of silver as a decorative touch, running between two silver chains that attached to the each end of the bar and then met at the back of the bracelet where they entered a silver round bead that served to tighten the bracelet to your liking. However, as I was trying to get it on, one of the chains broke off of the bar rendering it useless. I have bad eyes, and I could not tell whee the break happened, but it seems it just pulled itself sway from one chain link, and if my eyes were what they used to be, I would have had it rejoined very quickly. As it is, I can’t even imagine what it looks like on. It’s not a piece of fine jewery; I just like it. I used to do all my own jewelry repairs myself until my eyesight got too bad, but wht would you advice, given it’s costume jewelry? Do you have any hacks you can share with me?

  12. Stacy, could you use a jump ring to repair the break, or possibly use a piece of wire to create a decorative way to fix the break? If it’s too small for you to see, could you direct a friend on how to do the fix with a jump ring?

  13. Hi Rena, of course I love this bracelet….it is from you. Love all of your designs. I adjusted your design by using a copper tube in the middle and small silver beads (with a raised design on the beads) on each side. Finished look is unique. Thanks for the inspiration.

  14. Jean, your finished bracelet sounds lovely. Thanks so much for your kind comment! 🙂

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