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.
Here is a step by step guide on how to use eyepins to make a bracelet.
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.
Align your beads next to the measuring tape to create your design.
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.
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.
Attach the eyepins to your beads.
Create your closing loops, leaving a small gap to connect to the next bead before securing.
Secure your clasp be attaching to the end piece with a jump ring.
- 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.