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.
Brass beads (approximately 3.5mm, with a 2mm hole, like these)
Beading thread (dental floss or sewing thread will do in a pinch)
Ruler or measuring tape
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!
2. Thread the end of your embroidery thread through the beading thread loop.
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.
4. Continue threading beads onto the embroidery thread until they encircle your wrist.
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.
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.
7. Add another bead to each embroidery thread end, and tie a knot about an inch from each end to secure the beads.
8. Trim the thread ends so that they’re nice and even.
I’ve already made two, the one with blue thread above, and another one with red thread.
In case you want all the steps in one place to pin, here’s a graphic:
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