As you may realise over the last few posts, I’ve had an obsession with cubed beads. My affinity has grown ever more since the discovery of Miyuki beads. ^_^ These are extremely standardised glass beads produced in Japan that come in many different finishes. Some of my favourite come in matte metal colour finishes.
In many stores I find so many cuff stretch bracelets I love, but alas, why are they so expensive? I then became determined to create my own cuffs!
After scouring Ebay for the right beads to use, Miyuki saved the day!
So without any further nonsense, here is the tutorial 😉
- Cubed beads
- Stretch beading thread (I used the Crystal brand which is a commonly used one)
- Super glue (for securing knots)
1. Measure out the bracelet length giving plenty of excess. Cut out lengths in even numbers for the desired width. The wider the bracelet the more to cut.
2. knot the strands into twos.
3. Insert the beads onto the strands as directed by the images below. Each bead should have two stands going through it except for the top and bottom beads of every other column. With each column, the double strands will alternate leaving every other column ends with a single strand through the bead.
It should create a weaved effect and keep the beads in a mat-like pattern.
be sure to push the beads tightly together with every few columns as to not tangle everything.
4. Once all the beading is done, make sure each bead in the last column has double strands going through them.
5. Tie the double strands off to secure the beads in for now
6. Tie the two ends together with double knots or square knots.
Pull tightly to avoid sagging
7. Once all the ends are tied up, put a little super glue on each knot to secure it in place.
8. Cut off all the excess – DONE!
This is a little time consuming, but if you have some spare time and feel like getting crafty, give this a go!