We’ve had so many requests for these instructions – that I’m posting them here again!
How about Stretchy Bracelets!
Ive been finding this a good way to justify my even older obsession with stone beads! You can use them by themselves, add an accent bead in metal or even lampwork, or add a tassel or charm dangle. Make a bunch ? they are fun and relaxing to make and wear!
Making these is simple. All you need is a needle, some good quality stretchy elastic, scissors, and some crimp covers to hide the knot.
The 8 mm beads and larger (and some of the 6 mm) can be strung using the Elastic Cord Needle. To use this, put the beads onto the needle first, then hook the end of the needle onto the elastic, and slide the beads down onto the elastic. (short video with dramatic music here!)
For smaller holes, the big eye needle is champion. This needle is two wires sealed at each end, and the center is open, giving you gobs of room to stuff the elastic without the nervous breakdown that trying this with a regular needle would create.
I like the .7 mm Opelon for stringing ? it is thin enough to go through just about anything, and I use it doubled for most bracelets (except the occasional seedbead or other very small bead project.)
To secure the knot, use a surgeons knot – like this
So bust out the beads and string ’em and stack em!