We have another fun jewelry-making tutorial for you today with this awesome multi-strand cord bracelet project! Cord is such a versatile material to use for necklaces and bracelets – it’s great for stringing beads with larger holes and because it’s soft and flexible, it’s very comfortable to wear.
For this DIY jewelry project, you’ll need the following materials:
- Between 30 to 40 inches of black cord.
- Silver plated tube beads (we’ve used 25mm).
- Silver plated round beads (we’ve used 6mm).
- Silver plated chain, clasp and jump rings.
- Silver plated flat ribbon ends (13mm) – you can use round cord ends if you prefer.
- Optional – silver plated heart charms.
- Jewelry glue.
- Flat nose pliers, round nose pliers and wire cutters.
If you’d like to add charms to your cord bracelet, prepare them now in advance by attaching a jump ring to the top of the charm. We used silver plated heart charms for this project.
Measure your wrist almost all of the way around, leaving around a 2 inch gap as this is where the chain and clasp will fit later. Cut 6 pieces of cord to exactly the same size – you’ll probably be aiming somewhere between 4 to 6 inches for each length depending on your wrist size.
When you have your 6 pieces of cord ready, place a little jewelry or gemstone glue inside one of the ribbon ends and then insert all of your cord strands inside. Clamp down the ribbon end until it lies flat and secure over the cord ends. This bit can be fiddly!
When you’re sure that the glue has dried and your cord ends won’t come loose, you can thread on your beads. We used a selection of tube beads, round beads and charms for this bracelet as shown in the image. However, you can use whatever beads you like – providing the inner hole is large enough to be threaded onto the cord.
If you want your beads to stay in place and not move around the cord, you can dab a little jewelry glue in between the cord and the beads at this point!
When you have your beads laid out how you want them, you can then secure the other ends of the cord using another ribbon end. Use glue in the same way as in step 2 to be sure that your cord won’t come loose.
Make sure again that your cord strands are all the same size as a couple of them may have slipped down a little. You’ll need the ends to be the same length so that they fit into the ribbon end perfectly.
After leaving the second ribbon end to dry for around 10 minutes, you can begin the next stage of this project – attaching the chain! To do this, first attach a jump ring to both of the ribbon ends.
Measure out enough chain to join the ribbon ends, bearing in mind the measurement of your wrist. Then attach a clasp in the middle. The easiest way to do this is to attach a single length of the chain to join the ribbon ends together and then take the halfway point as the place to add a clasp. Cut off excess chain with wire cutters.
That’s all there is to it! You can add an extender chain at this point and another charm if you’d like some more decoration.
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