How to Use Eyepins to Make a Bracelet

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Here is a great way to use basic jewelry making techniques to make a bracelet. This technique allows your beads to have an added chain appeal by connecting one bead at a time. This is also great for layered pieces. Check out the video and step by step instructions below to complete this project today.

Supplies

Directions

Here is a step by step guide on how to use eyepins to make a bracelet.

Step 1:

Step-One

The first step to creating bracelets is to know the length/size of your design. Use the sewing measuring tape to wrap around your wrist and determine the length of your piece.

Step 2:

Step-Two

Align your beads next to the measuring tape to create your design.

Step 3:

Step-Three

Start your pattern by leaving a 1/2 inch gap from the end before placing the first bead. Continue to leave a 1/4 inch gap between each bead thereafter.

Step 4:

Step-Four

Construct your eyepins using the 20g wire and pliers. I made a 1 inch length for 6mm size pearls and 1 1/4 inch for the 6×8 amber glass beads. Vary length based on your bead size. For commercial eyepins, simple move on to the next step.

Note: To see a tutorial on making your own eyepins from scratch, check out this video.

Step 5:

Step-Five

Attach the eyepins to your beads.

Step 6:

Step-Six

Create your closing loops, leaving a small gap to connect to the next bead before securing.

Step 7:

Step-Seven

Secure your clasp be attaching to the end piece with a jump ring.

Tips

  • Craft wire is more dense to work with. Beginner jewelry makers that work with wire may find a sterling silver coated type to be easier and softer to manipulate.
  • Use stainless steel tip round nose pliers to prevent any color transfer of the black coating to the wire.
  • Use a sharpie marker on your round nose pliers to mark the area of the loop. This will ensure the size of the loop is consistent when creating multiple eyepins.

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