Make a Wrap Bracelet / Necklace
by Rena Klingenberg.
This tropical, boho-style project is a good way to use up leftover beads and stringing materials.
I wanted this wrap bracelet / necklace to have a tranquil island feel, so I chose leftover odds and ends that had the colors and feel I was looking for.
Supplies I Used:
Leftover beads – I used cowrie shells, donut beads, and painted wooden beads – but you could use any sort of beads, charms, findings, coins, etc.
Stringing material – I used 4 pieces of faux suede cord, each 18″ (46 cm) long. I chose misty turquoise, green, and lime for a soft tropical impression.
But you could use leftover chain, ribbons, leather / satin / cotton cord, fabric strips, or whatever else you have on hand, in any colors you like.
Clasp – I used this swivel-hook clasp I found in a hardware store (in the chain fasteners section).
Now that this bracelet / necklace project is finished, I think this clasp is a bit too heavy for it, both visually and physically. It would be better on a stronger, heavier piece of jewelry.
However, I could easily untie the cord from this hardware clasp, and replace it with a smaller, lighter clasp.
How to Make This Wrap Bracelet / Necklace:
Attach your clasp to one end of your first piece of stringing material (blue suede cord, in my case). Since I used cord, I tied it to the clasp:
Next, string whatever beads, shells, charms, etc. onto that first piece of stringing material, and then make a loop in the end that’s opposite your clasp:
Now pick up your second piece of stringing material (mine’s a green suede cord), and attach it to the loop you just made in the first piece of stringing material by making a loop.
Then add whatever beads / charms, etc. onto that second piece of stringing material, and make a loop in the unfinished end:
Add your third and fourth pieces of stringing materials the same way as you did with the second piece. (Attach a new loop through last loop, string your beads / charms, and make a loop in the end.)
Make sure your final piece of stringing material ends in a loop – because that loop will be what you’ll hook your clasp onto when you wear this piece of jewelry.
How to Wear Your Wrap Bracelet / Necklace:
As a bracelet – Wrap it as many times as you can around your wrist and fasten the clasp.
Slide the beads / charms around to the locations you want them.
Slide one finger of your opposite hand under your bracelet wraps to even them out (so you won’t have some tight strands and some loose strands).
As a necklace – Wrap it as many times as you wish around your neck and fasten the clasp.
You can wear the clasp in front or back.
Adjust the length of the strands – you may want some strands shorter and some longer.
Slide the beads / charms where you want them on the strands.