If you are a bead hoarder like myself you probably have a giant stash hidden in some sort of awesome pile in your room (or perhaps in lots of tiny zip-lock baggies like me?!?). While I have spent most of my life playing around with jewelry, testing out different styles and the like, I never got around to learning one of the simplest techniques. Enter now the stretch bracelet. After a few trials, you will be making these puppies in your sleep!
The typical stretch bracelet length for a woman is 7". If you tend to have a smaller wrist, aim for 6.5" of beaded cord. To begin, loop the elastic cord through the flexible beading needle and triple knot at the end. This knot will help you keep your beads from slipping off the end.
Step 1: Begin beading onto elastic cord. I chose to use these amazingly fragrant sandalwood beads I picked up at the Tucson Gem Show this past year.
Step 2: If you are following a pattern, double check to be sure the bracelet will close in sync with the rest of the bracelet. To put it simply, avoid doubling up. The last bead you string should ideally have a slightly larger hole to better conceal the final knot.
Step 3: Stretch the bracelet to tighten and allow beads to fall naturally. Tie the final knot at least twice to make secure.
Step 4: Dab a small amount of super glue on the knot, making sure to cover all sides. Cut off excess elastic cord.
Step 5: Tuck in final knot into bead.
Step 6: Stretch bracelet several times to be sure the knot is secure and that beads lay flush and flat.