Brass Bead Bracelet Tutorial

It’s funny, for as long as I can remember I’ve only worn silver metals, but somehow I recently fell in love with faceted brass beads. I’ve been making jewelry out of them, and here is one of my projects. This faceted brass bead bracelet is perfect for stacking, especially in multiples, and it’s super quick to whip up.

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Materials:
Embroidery thread
Brass beads (approximately 3.5mm, with a 2mm hole, like these)
Beading thread (dental floss or sewing thread will do in a pinch)
Needle
Scissors
Ruler or measuring tape

DIY brass bead bracelet tutorial
Methods:
1. Cut four pieces of embroidery thread about 13 inches long each. Cut a piece of beading thread about 4 inches long, thread it through your needle, double it, and tie a knot at the end. Beading thread is stronger than sewing thread, but you can use dental floss if you don’t have beading thread, though it might make your bracelet smell minty fresh!
DIY brass bead bracelet tutorial
2. Thread the end of your embroidery thread through the beading thread loop.

DIY brass bead bracelet tutorial

3. Start threading your brass beads onto the embroidery thread. Occasionally you might run into one that won’t fit onto the doubled thread. Don’t force it, just use a different bead.

DIY brass bead bracelet tutorial

4. Continue threading beads onto the embroidery thread until they encircle your wrist.

DIY brass bead bracelet tutorial

5. Remove the beading thread and needle, then center your beads on the embroidery thread and tie a simple overhead knot at each end of the beads.

DIY brass bead bracelet tutorial

6. Use the beading thread and needle to add another bead to one end of the embroidery thread, then thread the other end of the embroidery thread through the same bead. Some beads have slightly larger holes than others, so if you can’t get the thread to fit through the bead, try another one.

DIY brass bead bracelet tutorial

DIY brass bead bracelet tutorial

7. Add another bead to each embroidery thread end, and tie a knot about an inch from each end to secure the beads.

DIY brass bead bracelet tutorial

8. Trim the thread ends so that they’re nice and even.
DIY brass bead bracelet tutorial
DIY brass bead bracelet tutorial

I’ve already made two, the one with blue thread above, and another one with red thread.

DIY brass bracelet tutorial

In case you want all the steps in one place to pin, here’s a graphic:
DIY brass bracelet tutorial