Stretchy bracelets and glittery bits! Are they simple, complicated, or just plain fun?

What do you think when you hear the words “stretchy bracelets and glittery bits”? Are they just for kids; part of a simple, crafting exercise; or a party favour? Just plain fun; or a quick way to inject more colour into your life? Either simple or sophisticated, it’s your choice, and you be the judge!

I’m not normally tempted to make stretchy bracelets and glittery bits, but should I be? I design fast and easy projects (see the BeadFX “Inspirations Gallery”), so why avoid making something so incredibly simple? I need to try this!

stretchy bracelets and glittery bits
Joy – Dwyn Tomlinson – BeadFX Inspiration

 

My vow is to make at least one of these bracelets in the next few weeks. How can I possibly write a blog post about something that I’ve never made, and don’t really know that much about? The internet, of course! It’s the answer to everything! Plus, I work in a bead store, and people kept asking me how to make them, so I had to do a little research. You know, because that’s just what I do!!!

Fairy Magic – Dwyn Tomlinson – BeadFX Inspiration

You Tube is probably the first place to check out (tons of videos), but I like this blog post from The Spruce. There’s just something about simple written instructions, that seem to sink into my brain easier!

They use another type of stretch cord, but you could substitute any of the ones found on our website. Their example is made with seed beads, but I’m more likely to substitute other stones and beads. Stay away from bugle beads, and anything else that’s likely to cut through the elastic.

Stretchy bracelets and glittery bits
Purity – Dwyn Tomlinson – BeadFX Inspiration

 

I wonder how many bracelets I will make, and what they’ll look like? Single, double, or wrapped? Semi-precious stones, Czech fire polish, or hand made lampwork, polymer clay, or ceramic beads? Should I throw in a few metal beads? What type of bead should I use to hide the knot (or do you really need to hide it?)? A surgeon’s knot for safety, and then a drop of either G-S Hypo Cement (I love the precision applicator!), or E6000 to prevent slippage.

Make a colourful armload of these stretchy bracelets and glittery bits! Stack them, layer them, and just plain enjoy them!! No design headaches and dilemmas allowed! Make them, wear them, and when you’re tired of them, cut them apart and re-make into something else! This is the summer of simple, uncomplicated colour and fun!

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