I love a good chunky bracelet, and when it’s made of earthy elements like stone, it’s even better! I’ve got an easy to make jewelry project to share with you guys today: the stone cluster DIY bead bracelet.
This DIY bead bracelet only takes a few supplies, a couple stone bead strands, and basic braiding to complete. This makes it a great project for beginners, if you’re just beginning to explore DIY jewelry making or if you really just like fast projects! It works up in about 15 minutes, making it a nice, instant-gratification craft session, too!
Supplies needed to make your own chunky DIY bead bracelet:
- Turquoise Semi Precious Stone Nugget Bead Strands (3 strands)
- Magnetic Casp
- Black Waxed Linen Cord
First, cut three lengths of waxed linen cord, and tie the end around one of the bars inside the magnetic clasp. WHat I love about waxed linen is that it holds its shape, meaning you can make a small hook to help in getting it around the bar, and also, you won’t need a needle to string your beads. It’s also as flexible as any other cord to wear.
Tie a square knot (a double knot) around the bar, and cut the ends down to a short tail. You can tuck the tail up into the cap. For extra security, you can also add an optional dot of craft glue inside the cap at the knot to help keep it in place!
Next, string your beads and braid the three strands together. Because these beads are very large, you may find it easier to string a few beads, and braid as you go. I did have to take a moment to arrange the beads as tightly as I could as I braided. When you get to the end, you can add a small length (1/2 inch or less) of braid to keep your work secure, or you can even tie an overhand knot to finish it off.
You can also experiment with other styles, shapes, and sizes of beads to create different looks! I especially like the stone and shell chips and nuggets, but you can even try pearls and crystal beads as well. The effect is a more rounded look than finishing the piece with three separate strands (although if you like that look, you can finish it that way, too)!
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Adrianne is a writer, artist, designer, wife, and mom of 2 kids. She blogs at happyhourprojects.com where the theme is tutorials and recipes that can be made in an hour or less. Her favorite projects are jewelry-making, paper crafts, and recycled crafts. She participates annually in ArtPrize, an international art competition, and she’s the author of the book DIY T-Shirt Crafts: 50 Ways to Recycle a T-Shirt (August 2015).