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DIY Bead Bracelet Kit Guide

What's Included In Your Kit:

Beads

Ethically sourced beads from local AAPI suppliers in New York City.

Stretch Cords

Thick stretch cords for stringing your beads. 

Super Glue

Single use Super Glue to bond and secure your bead bracelet.

Bracelet beading. Bead bracelet guide with nunchi

Instructions:

This step-by-step tutorial will teach you everything you need to know to make your custom bead bracelet. Let's get started!

1. Prepare your tools.

Gather your beads, elastic cord, and glue from your bead kit. Additionally, grab a ruler. Line the cord around your wrist and measure it against the ruler, so you know what size bracelet to make.

2. Pre-stetch your cord. 

Pre-stretching the elastic cord prevents it from stretching out over time. Hold four inches of elastic between your fingers, and stretch it out a few times. Move down the length of the cord to the next section, and repeat. Keep going until all parts of the elastic cord get stretched.

bead bracelet making

3. Lay out your beads.

Using a plate or a tray to line your beads will keep you from losing them if they happen to scatter. Arrange the beads in order before you start to string them on the elastic cord. Doing this gives you a great layout of the design before you begin stringing. 

DIY bead bracelet making guide. Make bracelets with nunchi

4. String your beads onto the cord. 

Hold the end of the cord in one hand, and use your other hand to place the beads onto the cord. To prevent the beads from sliding out the other end of the cord, you can place a piece of tape at the end to act as a bead stopper.

Place the largest bead at the end. This will be great for hiding the knot at the bracelet ends.

Make sure to check the length periodically by wrapping the strung beads around your wrist. You don’t want it to be too tight or too loose.

5. Tie a knot to secure your cord.

Carefully, bring both ends of the cord together. Tie a surgeon's knot. Don't worry, it's easier than it sounds!

surgeon's knot

Make the first half of the surgeon’s knot, and pull on the ends of the cord to remove slack in the bracelet. Hold the first half of the knot in place, and tie the second part of the knot. Pull the knot tight without letting go of the tension in the bracelet.

6. Glue the knot.

Gently pull the beads away from the knot and apply a drop of glue to the knot. You can hide the knot inside the large bead you placed at the end in Step #4. 

Let the glue dry before trimming the ends of the cord. Jewelry glues dry in about an hour but takes up to 24 hours to fully cure. Once the glue has dried, gently stretch each cord end, and use small sharp scissors to trim the excess cord as close to the bead as you can.

diy custom bead bracelet

Layer with your other nunchi bracelets for the perfect stack.

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