Wooden Bead and Tassel Bracelets | how to make beaded tassel bracelets

Wooden Bead and Tassel Bracelets | how to make beaded tassel bracelets

Wooden Bead and Tassel Bracelets | how to make beaded tassel bracelets #michaelsmakers

There is always something new – to learn and do.

One of the most wonderful things about learning, creating and sharing new things is connecting with other passionate people.

Wooded Bead and Tassel Bracelets - How to Make Beaded Tassel Bracelets #michaelsmakers

This month Michaels challenged the Michaels Makers Team to explore our creativity and
head ‘back to class’ to try something new.

Michaels In-store Classes are the perfect opportunity to set some time aside and plan girls craft night out – so my friend Jen and I registered for a jewelry making class.

Michaels In Store Jewelry Making Classes #michaelsmakers

We both made Hasma Hand beaded necklaces for happiness, luck, health and good fortune.
Hasma Hand Beads –  White Dyed Howlite Beads, 4 mm – Fancy Jasper Beads, 4 mm

The class gave us an amazing overview of some basic tools and key techniques – along with several tips and tricks to get us started. We both loved the excitement and anticipation of diving into something new. Needless to say, we ended the night wandering through the jewelry section with a cart full of goodies and a new fun hobby!

How to make Beaded Tassel Bracelets #michaelsmakers

The first project, utilizing my new skills, was a set of Wooden Bead and Tassel Bracelets.

These are simple to create and the basic techniques shown below can be used to make any beaded bracelet combination.

Basic DIY Bracelet Jewelry Making Supplies #michaelsmakers

Basic Jewelry Making Supplies
1| Stringing Wire
2| Standard Crimper Tool
3| Crimp Beads
4| Wire Guardians (optional)
5| Bead Design Board (optional)
6| Jewelry Tools
7| Closures – Lobster Clasps and Jump Rings

Wire to Use for Beaded Bracelets #Michaelsmakers

1| Stringing Wire – This Stringing Wire was recommended by our class instructor and is the ideal choice in strength and flexibility for general beaded necklace and bracelet creations.

• The Beadalon brand indicates the recommended crip bead size right on the label •

2| Standard Crimper Tool – Easy to use hand tool that closes and secures crimp beads.

How to use Wire Guardians DIY Jewelry Making #michaelsmakers

3| Crimp Beads – Crimp Beads are tiny beads that can be ‘crimped’ to secure the ends of the stringing wire.

I like to think of them as a knot at each end, holding the entire bead design in place.

4| Wire Guardians – Wire Guardians are optional but highly suggested for a finished look and added security.

They create an extra, uniformed loop at the end of your deisgn and protect the beading wire from everyday wear or tear.

How to Make Beaded Bracelets DIY #michaelsmakers

5| Bead Design Board – The Bead Design Board is another optional supply, but highly recommended.

It allows you to easily visualize the lay out of your bead design before you begin stringing.

I love the recessed compartments – which help keep all of the beads contained while you are designing.

Easy Wooden Bead Tassel Bracelets DIY #michaelsmakers

The marked measurements long the beading grooves are the perfect guide for necklace and bracelet lengths and very helpful when spacing out bead designs.

The board can also be used to create multi-strand deigns.

6| Jewelry Tools  – Although you can get away with a pair of pliers and wire cutters – it’s a good idea to have a set of dedicated tools designed specifically for your jewelry.

This is great beginner set for a really good price.

• Note: When working with jewelry, only use pliers with a flat, smooth surface in-between the jaws •

Different Types of Bracelet Closures DIY Jewelry Making #michaelsmakers

7| Closures – Closures are the mechanisms that allow the necklace or bracelet to easily be put on or taken off.

Although there are several different types, that serve different purposes – it mainly comes down to personal preference when choosing a closure.

A few of the more popular closures are pictured above.

How to Make Beaded Bracelets #michaelsmakers

How to Attach a Closure

This basic method is a simple, easy and essential technique for any finished beaded bracelet or necklace design.

How to Make a Lobster Clasp Bracelet #michaelsmakers

One end of the stringing wire will hold a crimp bead, wire guard and jump ring –
while the other end will be finished with a crimp bead and closure.

How to Attach a Wire Guard DIY Bracelet #michaelsmakers

Step One: Cut Stringing Wire to desired length.

Measure arm for bracelet length and add 6 inches to that number. The additional six inches will allow enough room to maneuver the wire when finishing the ends of the bracelet.

Step Two: Thread a Wire Guardian onto one end of the wire.

How to Make a Bracelet #michaelsmakers

Step Three: Slide a Jump Ring through the wire and onto the Wire Guardian.

Step Four: Add a Crimp Bead and bind together using the Crimper Tool.

How to Make a Lobster Clasp Bracelet Closure #michaelsmakers

This completes the first end of the bracelet.

How to Make a DIY Bracelet #michaelsmakers

In place of the standard jump rings, I picked up a set of pre-made Bead Landing Charms, in-store, to use.

I like the way the drop bead dresses up the closure and adds a touch of unexpected color.

How to Make a DIY Bracelet #michaelsmakers

Step Five: Begin stringing the beads.

Note: The first couple of beads will be threaded through both the bracelet wire, and the excess ‘tail’, looped over from the end – as shown above.

How to String a Bead Bracelet #michaelsmakers

Step Six: Continue adding beads, along with any charms, to desired length.

DIY Mini Bracelet Tassels #michaelsmakers

Charms and mini tassels were added to theses particular bracelets.

Tassel Bead Bracelets #michaelsmakers

The pre-made Bead Landing mini tassels, found in-store, came with mini lobster clasps.

These were removed and the tassels were then added to a set of Bead Landing Charms, also found in-store.

How to Make a Beaded Bracelet DIY Jewelry #michaelsmakers

Step Seven: Thread on a Crimp Bead and the Closure.

Adding a Closure to a Bracelet #michaelsmakers

Step Eight: Loop the end of the wire back through the Crimp Bead and bind together using the Crimper Tool.

Make a Beaded Bracelet #michaelsmakers

Step Nine: Thread the end of the wire back through a few of the beads for added security.

Make a Beaded bracelet DIY #michaelsmakers

Step Ten: Trim off the excess wire.

Wooden Bead and Tassel Bracelets DIY #michaelsmakers

The basic steps above were used to create all of the Wooden Bead and Tassel Bracelets below,
along with a few extra beaded bracelets for layering.

Handmade Wooden Bead and Tassel Bracelet #michaelsmakers

Wooden Bead and Tassel Bracelet:
Round Mix Wooden Beads, 8 mm
Metal Bumpy Rondelle Beads, 8 mm
Bead Landing India Charms, in-store
Bead Landing Boho Market Mini Tassel Charms, in-store
Bead Landing India Drop Gem Charms, used for jump ring, in-store

Beaded Layer Bracelet:
Turquoise Dyed Howlite Stones, 10 mm Round Beads
Gold Tone Rondelle Beads

Wooden Bead and Tassel Bracelet DIY #Michaelsmakers

Beaded Tassel Bracelet DIY #michaelsmakers

Wooden Bead and Tassel Bracelet:
Round Mix Wooden Beads, 6 mm
Metal Bumpy Rondelle Beads, 8 mm
Bead Landing India Charms, in-store
Bead Landing Boho Market Mini Tassel Charms, in-store
Bead Landing India Drop Gem Charms, used for jump ring, in-store

Beaded Layer Bracelet:
Natural Mother of Pearl Beads,  4 mm

Wooden Bead and Tassel Bracelet DIY #michaelsmakers

Wooden Beaded Tassel Bracelet DIY #michaelsmakers

Wooden Bead and Tassel Bracelet:
Round Mix Wooden Beads, 6 mm
Metal Bumpy Rondelle Beads, 8 mm
Bead Landing India Charms, in-store
Bead Landing Boho Market Mini Tassel Charms, in-store
Bead Landing India Drop Gem Charms, used for jump ring, in-store

Beaded Layer Bracelet:
Blue Aventurine Round Stone Beads,  6 mm

DIY Beaded Tassel Bracelet #michaelsmakers

How to Make Beaded Tassel Bracelets #michaelsmakers

Wooden Bead and Tassel Bracelet:
Round Mix Wooden Beads, 8 mm
Metal Bumpy Rondelle Beads, 8 mm
Bead Landing India Charms, in-store
Bead Landing Boho Market Mini Tassel Charms, in-store
Bead Landing India Drop Gem Charms, used for jump ring, in-store

Beaded Layer Bracelet:
White Shell Round Beads,  4 mm

How to Make Bead and Tassel Bracelets #michaelsmakers

How to make Beaded Tassel Bracelets #michaelsmakers

Hope you are inspired to go and try something new this month.

If anything, check out list of Michaels Classes and fun activities available near you. Many registrations are free with just the cost of your supplies. If you could learning a new creative skill – what would it be?

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