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Skill Level: Basic
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How to create a basic bracelet

basic bracelet

Step One

Lay out your gemstones across the top groove of the Beading Tray and place your spacer beads between them.

Step Two

At one end of the Beading Thread add on a Crimpbead followed by a Jumpring, then fold the Beading thread over and back through the Crimpbead. Using your fingernails slide the crimp back towards the jump ring as far as it will go trapping the Jumpring in place.

Step Three

Crimping Pliers have two notches cut into their jaws, one with a small 'tooth' and the other without. Using the Crimping tool place the crimp inside the notch with the 'tooth' and press down firmly to create a crease.

Step Four

Turn the creased crimp on its side and put it back into the Crimping Pliers but this time into the notch without the 'tooth'. Press down firmly to fold the crimpbead in half securely trapping the Beading Thread and Jumpring in place.

Step Five

Trim off any excess thread being sure not to cut through the main bracelet thread.

Step Six

Thread on all of the beads and spacers in the order that they are lying on the beading tray. You should have an alternating pattern of bead, spacer, bead etc.

Step Seven

When they're all threaded on add another Crimpbead and Jumpring and repeat what you did in steps 4, 5 and 6 making sure the crimp is as close to the last bead as possible. Trim off any excess thread.

Step Eight

Using two pairs of Flat Nose Pliers, locate the split in the Jumpring and open it with a North to South motion. Add one one side of your clasp and close the Jumpring again by reversing what you did to open it. Do the same for the other half of the clasp on the opposite end of the bracelet.

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