Glitter Bead Stretch Band Bracelet

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by Robin Beam, A.C. Moore

Glitter Bead Stretch Band Bracelet

Stretch Band Bracelets aren’t just for kids…create sophisticated looking jewelry with stretch bands and decorative beads easily...but you need to know this trick first!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:1 hour

Project Instructions

  • 1
    You can add beads to just about any stretch band bracelet, but sometimes the hole for the beads are too small to manually push the band through the hole. These instructions are the trick to show you how to it.
  • 2
    Follow the instructions for the basic bracelet, using a crochet hook or with a 2 post jig or loom to create a fish tail design bracelet with beads. Determine the number of beads you are going to use, the length of the bracelet and how close you want the beads together.
  • 3
    First get the beads ready ahead of time with the bands. Run needle through bead to make sure it will fit through the bead hole.
  • 4
    Thread floss or thread on needle.
  • 5
    Run needle and thread through bead.
  • 6
    Pick up stretch band and run needle back through the hole the needle came from. The band will be on one side of the bead and the needle with thread and thread tail on the other side.
  • 7
    Slowly pull on both the needle and thread and thread tail; the band will pull through the bead hole. Note: don’t pull too hard or the band may break or you’ll pull the entire band through and will have to start again.
  • 8
    After starting the bracelet, add on the bead as you would another band for the fish tail. Pull the bottom band off the nails and add on another replacement. The sample shown has 5 bands between beads. Just make sure the same amount of bands are used separating the beads to create a more finished look.
  • 9
    Finish bracelet with a bead, looping the bands over each side of the bead to create a toggle finish (or just use a stretch band clasp. Attach loop from other end of bracelet over the bead to complete.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:1 hour

Project Supplies

  • Darice® Acrylic Glitter Beads
  • DMC Gold Needles Tapestry Size 22 104232936
  • DMC Embroidery Floss or Sewing Thread
  • Stretch Band Loops
  • Beads