We left empty handed that day, but I did get some inspiration for a project. Almost every shop that carried jewelry had a display of beaded ladder bracelets in a variety of eye catching colors. With a few basic supplies and a little bit of time, you'll be surprised how easy it is to create your own beaded bracelets.
- flexible tape measure
- 24-30 inches of narrow hemp, cotton, leather or silk cord
- 10-12 ft of beading thread
- collapsible eye beading needle
- 1 - one hole button (1/2 - 3/4 inch diameter)
- 6/0 Czech glass beads
- small binder clip (optional)
- G-S Hypo Cement (optional but recommended)
If you really want to get fancy, you can use your favorite findings to secure the ends instead of a loop and button. I really like magnetic clasps for bracelets because sometimes it's tricky to grab those little lobster claws.
Another option when securing the thread before and after beading, instead of wrapping the thread around both cords at once, you can do a fishtail braid. Just wrap the thread in figure eights around one cord and then the other.
Get really fancy and make a wrap bracelet. For a double wrap, you'll need 36-40 inches of cord and about 20 feet of thread.