DIY Crystal Bracelets

I love using crimp beads as regular beads (evidenced here), so I used some to make a batch of sparkly DIY bracelets with knotting cord in rich jewel tones. Read on for the how to.

Tools and materials:

DIY Crystal Bracelets DIY Crystal Bracelets1. Cut a long piece of cord, about 24 inches long.  Use the lighter to gently fuse the cord ends so they are easier to string through the rhinestones and beads.  Fold in half, then criss-cross the ends to through one of the crimp beads and pull down to about 6 inches from the folded end.
2. Continue stringing on crimp beads by pushing one cord through one end of the bead and the other cord through the other end of the bead.
3. Once you’ve added enough beads, string on the crystals through the sew-on holes and add more crimp beads.
4. Slide a crimp bead on both cords (perpendicular to the ones the cord is criss-crossed through) and use pliers to crimp shut. Repeat on the other end of the bracelet.
5. Add the fold-over ends, or tie a knot at where you want the bracelet ends to meet around your wrist.
6. Add jump rings and clasp. Knot and trim the ends of the cord.

DIY Crystal Bracelets DIY Crystal BraceletsA few tips – if you have a hard time stringing on the crystals, try enlarging the sew-on holes with something like an awl or bead reamer, or try pushing the cord through with a piece of wire.

DIY Crystal Bracelets

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