Embellished Jewelry Connector Stretch Band Bracelets

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by Robin Beam, A.C. Moore

Embellished Jewelry Connector Stretch Band Bracelets

Stretch Band Bracelets aren'’t just for kids! Create sophisticated looking jewelry with stretch bands and decorative beads easily. And with the addition of an embellished jewelry connector, bring your stretch band bracelet to a whole new level!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:1+ hours

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. Be sure to determine the length of the bracelet with the size of the connector you are including in the design.
  • 2
    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.
  • 3
    Thread floss or thread on needle.
  • 4
    Run needle and thread through bead.
  • 5
    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.
  • 6
    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.
  • 7
    Remove needle and thread from stretch band.
  • 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
    Run needle and thread through one of the connector loops. Pick up two stretch bands and insert needle back through the hole of the connector. Pull on the two ends of the thread to pull the stretch bands through the loop. Remove needle and thread. Run one of the loop ends through the other loops, creating a Lark’s Head Knot.
  • 10
    Remove the 4 loops that you have on the end of the jig or loom and put together. Take the stretch band loop created on the connector and place through the 4 loops on the bracelet. Stretch the loop from the connector over the connecter itself, creating another Lark’s Head knot. This end of the connector will now be attached to the bracelet.
  • 11
    To attach the other loop on the connector to the bracelet, open a jump ring. Note: open jump rings by moving each side of the jump ring opening in opposite directions. This way the jump ring will maintain its circular shape.
  • 12
    Run jump ring through the connector loop and the stretch band loops on the opposite end of the bracelet. Use your fingers and chain nose pliers to close the jump ring. It’s ready to wear!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:1+ hours

Project Supplies

  • Stretch Bands
  • 2 peg jig or loom
  • Beads
  • The Bead Giant Evil Eye Hamsa Silver 2 pc. 104741595
  • Beadalon® Jump Rings Silver Plated Twist 8mm 16 pcs 104249861
  • Beadalon® Chain Nose Pliers Designer Ergo 104458306
  • DMC Gold Needles Tapestry Size 22 104232936
  • DMC Embroidery Floss or Sewing Thread