Make your own beaded colorful pearl bracelet out of seed beads and glass pearls! I used glass pearl beads, tiny seed beads, medium glass beads and one crystal bead for the closure. You will also need either a regular thread and needle or a nylon string. This bracelet is easy to make and I love the way it looks.
Let’s get started:
Here are the beads that I have used for this one: the glass pearls, the seed beads, the medium glass beads, and the big crystal bead for the closure.
Start by taking a long enough string (think 4 to 5 feet long). Take one end of the thread and bead some of the small beads on it. You are making the loop for the closure; so you should have enough seed beads that when they form a loop, the crystal bead fits in well: not too tight and not too loose. Once that is done, take both ends of the thread, and together slip them through the needle eye.
Through the needle put one seed bead and one medium glass bead to form a loop.
Next, thread a small amount of seed beads, followed by a glass pearl bead, and one more seed bead. The trick here is to vary that small amount of seed beads for each pearl bead. I would do anywhere between 2 and 6, but mostly using 4-5 seed beads per each pearl. Also, I like the way it looks when the glass pearls are random colors and sizes.
Put the needle back through the glass pearl and the four seed beads right under it. To prevent the thread from tangling, try to run your needle through carefully, then hold the seed bead on top with one hand, and the needle with another and tighten it all the way down, until you come to the medium glass bead at the bracelet loop.
Thread another medium bead and repeat the previous step again. This time I used a teal colored glass pearl and three small beads on the bottom. Then do it again, and again, and again. Each time varying the amount of seed beads slightly and the kind of glass pearl that you use.
Here is how your bracelet will look after you repeat the step ten times. Keep working on it until you have reached the full length of your bracelet. When measuring the length, make sure you stretch it out a bit, because of how it’s beaded, the bracelet seems shorter than it actually is. If you don’t stretch it out when measuring, you will wind up with a bracelet that’s too big for your arm.
Once again, a few seed beads, followed by a glass pearl, then another seed bead. Put the needle through the glass pearl and the few seed beads below it, and pull it through while pushing the beads to the bracelet base.
When you reach the full length of your bracelet, put on the large crystal bead followed by a seed bead. Then I just tied a random bead on the end of the thread so things don’t fall off.
Take another thread, same length as the first one. It is always better to have extra thread left over than not have enough. Thread it starting at the first medium glass bead, going through the loop, and coming back out at the first medium glass bead. Put the ends of the string together and put it through the needle eye.
Here is a picture of what your bracelet should look like at this point. Make sure to keep the first and second thread separate to prevent tangling.
Once your second thread is all set up, put the pearl bead on, using the same step as above. Then put your needle through the next medium glass bead that’s already there from the first thread, and put another bead on.
Keep putting the pearls on, after each pearl put the needle through the next medium glass bead.
Here is a close up of what the bracelet looks like after putting on the second layer of pearls. Now between each medium glass bead there are two glass pearls.
Once you go through the length of your bracelet, put the needle through the last medium glass bead and the crystal, but not the seed bead at the end of the crystal. Tie a random bead at the end of the thread.
Add a third thread the same way as the second one. Repeat the same steps until you reach the end of your bracelet.
Once all three threads are through the crystal bead it is time to tie them off. Keep in mind that the first thread will have a seed bead on it. The last one still has the needle through it. Start by tying the first one and the third one together, just using a few simple knots. Then push the needle that’s still attached to the third one through the crystal bead and down into the bracelet. Take it through the bracelet, just on a random path, and then cut it off once you feel it’s far enough.
Tie the second and first threads together, and do the same thing with them as what was done with the third thread.
Here it is: