When I did my 5 Quick Bracelets tutorial I was asked a really interesting question. One that I believe needs addressing because I had struggled with the same problem when I first started making jewellery.
The question was, “How do I know how much room I need to leave on my bracelet for a clasp?” This got me thinking about how to measure the clasp and all its associated findings so that my bracelets would be the right size. I came up with this simple technique.
- Acrylic Oval 28mm x 22mm – Purple x1
- Acrylic Bicone 6mm - Blue Violet x6
- Czech Glass Firepolished Faceted Round 10mm – Silver x2
- Czech Glass Pressed Faceted Bead with Coloured Lining 6mm - Hot Pink x6
- Glass Crackle Beads 8mm – Magenta x2
- Beaded Rondelle 5mm x 1mm – Silver x14
- Rondelle Wheel With Dots 8mm - 9mm - Tibetan Silver x4
- Czech Glass Firepolished Faceted Round 4mm - Crystal Silver x2 (I didn’t end up using these)
- Lobster Claw Clasp 12mm – Platinum x1
- Jump Rings Round 6mm x 1.1mm – Silver x3
- Magical Crimp Tubes 2mm x 2mm x2
- Plated Brass Wire Guardian 4.5mm x 4mm x 1mm – Platinum x2
- Coloured Tiger Tail 0.38mm x 50m – Silver x30cm
Watch the video or follow the instructions below.
Lay Out the Beads
Lay the beads out on the bead design board using the layout diagram below.
If your wrist is larger than mine (16cm) you can add extras – maybe another of the lined beads or even an acrylic bicone as well.
String the Beads
Put the bead stopper on one end of the Tiger Tail. Thread all of the beads onto the Tiger Tail.
Measure the Clasp
This is where the magic happens. To ensure that your bracelet measures the right length to fit you correctly, make up the clasp first. What I mean by that is add the jump ring to the loop of the clasp then open the clasp thread the other jump ring onto it as if you were doing it up on your necklace. Holding each of the jump rings in a pair of chain nose pliers, measure the length of this clasp/jump ring component.
Put the bracelet around your wrist to check the size. You should have enough of a gap of a little less than the measurement of the clasp. For example, if the clasp and it’s jump rings measures 2cm, the gap in your bracelet should measure about 1cm. That way, your bracelet will have 1cm wiggle room. You don’t want your bracelet to be too tight or it won’t move on your wrist.
Remember that your crimping and wire guardians will add approximately 6-9mm as well.
Decide if you need to add more beads to the bracelet. If you do, you think about how much you need to add – you might find that adding a 4mm bead works better than adding a 6mm bead, for example. Try and keep the bracelet balanced, adding the same amount of beads to each side.
Attach the Clasp
Thread a Magical Crimp Tube onto one end of the Tiger Tail. Then thread the Tiger Tail through both channels of the wire guardian (from the bottom, up and over the top and down the other side). Feed on one of the jump rings from the clasp. Thread the tiger tail back down through the crimp tube. Pull the crimp tube up to the wire guardian. You can squeeze the wire guardian together if you wish. Using the Magical Crimping Tool, crimp the tube. If you haven’t done this before you can watch this video about how to use a wire guardian.
Thread a couple of the beads up over both pieces of wire. Trim off the short end and then push all the beads up close to the crimp, making sure that you tuck the short tail into the beads.
Use the same process to attach the other jump ring and crimp, making sure that there are no gaps between the beads but it’s not so tight that it won’t move.
Jewellery I’m Wearing
Here’s a link to the Boho necklace I was wearing in the video.
I’m wearing a memory wire bracelet with a focal bead.
Here’s a link to my sister’s charm bracelet that I mentioned in the video.
I really hope that you found this little tutorial useful and that you will use this technique. Please let me know if you enjoyed this one.
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