Zig Zag Beaded Bracelet
This summer I happened upon a friend of mine making a bracelet from a kit, which in turn I discovered through other friends, that the zig-zag design was from my friend Lesley Watt (she gave her design out to the creative world and left it up to people to figure out their own creativity). So here is the simply ingenious design using my Marsha Neal Studio ceramic disc beads.
The first thing I do is gather up my supplies and have a color way in mind. I use 1mm round leather, size 6 round seed beads, 6mm twisted jump rings, and one of my ceramic disc beads.
To figure out your wrist size: Take a piece of string and measure around your wrist. Put your string against a ruler and then add the dimensions in the photo below in order to get a proper fit.
First I fold the leather in half (I usually start with a 25″ to 28″ piece, ends cut to a point) and put on a size 6 bead. I then put both ends of the leather through my disc bead.
Secure the disc bead to the mid-point in the leather by tying a simple overhand knot.
Start by stringing a bead onto one leather. Then a jump ring over both. Then a bead onto the other leather. Then a jump ring over both. And so on.
As you work, slide your beads to the end by the disc bead.
I find it is easiest to work in about 1″ sections, sliding the beads to the end in a loose group a few at a time, and double checking that you are not skipping in your pattern.
When you get to within an inch of how long you want your bracelet to be, you need to think about how large your disc bead is, and how much of a gap you will need to leave between the two closure knots as this will be your last inch or so in your bracelet.
These knots are simple overhand knots that are tied pretty snug (do not pull so intently hard as the leather may break – just use a snug slightly firm knot).
I like to put an odd number of beads at the end of the leather and tie another knot. Cut off any excess leather that sticks out too long (make sure you leave about a 1/4″ tail of leather after the knot).
This last photo shows the general sizing of the bracelets in women’s sizing:
Top to Bottom: L, M, S, XS (see top of this post for the inches designation).
If you would like me to make you one of these bracelets, please see my Etsy Shop Section: Jewelry and Accessories.
I will be making up DIY Bracelet Kits for my Etsy shop too.