Christmas holiday making – woven bead bracelet

If by now you have consumed your own body weight in turkey and cake, and watched one too many classic movies it may be time to take a break for a spot of holiday making with this woven bracelet first published by Charlotte on our sister blog at Jewelry from Home.

This style of bracelet was one of very first I made when we started jewellery-making, it’s simple and lends itself to so many different color palettes and style of beads. You could go super sparkly with crystal beads, tribal with wood and silver beads or classic as with these beautiful glass beads.


 Materials – 0.8mm round glass beads, crimps, calottes (crimp covers), tiger-tail, 5mm jump-rings, lobster clasp and ring

Step 1 – Cut two pieces of tiger-tail approx. 50 – 60cm long – add a crimp and calotte to the very end

Step 2 – Thread a bead onto both strands of tiger-tail then add two beads to one strand and one bead to the other

Step 3 – Take the strand with only one bead and thread the tiger-tail through the second bead on the second strand in the opposite direction, making a loop

 Step 4 – Repeat the above steps, adding different colours and patterns as you go.

Step 5 – When you have reached your perfect length, remember to make sure to allow for your clasp. Take both strands of your tiger-tail through the last bead, add a calotte, crimp and fasten as close as you can to the last bead.

Step 6 – Using a 5mm jump-ring add your lobster clasp and ring to either end.

Step 7 – Make more! These are so quick and easy to make you can make so many different color combinations.



The great thing about these bracelets is that they can be adapted to a range of styles by using different types of bead.

Stuck on any of the techniques used in this tutorial then make sure you take the Jewelry from Home Jewelry Making for Absolute Beginners class, its free and it really is the best introduction to jewelry making around, and if you enjoy this project, think about taking some classes at London Jewellery School

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