In this jewelry tutorial, I will show you how to make a crystal, 3 strand, braided bracelet by hand. If you follow each step, you will end up with a beautiful bracelet, and trust me, no one will believe that this bracelet is a piece you made at home!
Handmade 3 Strand Braided Bracelet
Tools and materials:
- 3 Pieces of 19 gauge wire. (8 inches, 16 inches, and 2 inches)
- Crystal beads (6mm diameter)
Make three strands
To start off, create a loop with the 16-inch piece of wire.
Next, use pliers to make a small hook on the edge of the 8-inch piece.
Hook the 8-inch piece onto the loop of the other wire and secure the hook by tightening it with your pliers.
Bead and braid
To begin beading and braiding, thread a crystal bead onto the looped wire piece in the middle. Then braid the hooked piece of wire around the crystal bead and over the looped wire piece. Take the second strand of the looped wire and pull it over so that it is in between the two other strands.
Take another crystal bead and this time, thread it onto the wire strand that is in the middle. Braid the other two pieces just like you did before.
Continue this beading and braiding process to get a gorgeous bracelet
Once you have beaded and braided you should have some excess wire strands sticking out at the bottom of your bracelet.
Finish the bracelet
Add one more bead and braid as you normally would.
Next, take the left strand and fold it over the middle strand.
Use pliers to tighten the folded strand of wire.
Then use pliers to cut off the excess of that folded wire and to trim the outer two pieces of wire.
Next, you need to create two, tight loops, using your pliers, on the two strands of wire.
Use something round to help shape your new bracelet.
Make a clasp
To create a clasp for your crystal bracelet, you will need a 2-inch piece of copper wire.
Bend the wire piece in half. Use your pliers to help!
Then use pliers to bend the looped bit over to create a clasp.
Create two loops on each end of the clasp. Make sure to make them as tight as possible.
Use pliers to open up the two loops at the end of your bracelet and attach the new clasp. Don’t forget to tighten the loops back up.
These handmade, crystal bracelets look so professional! What color crystal beads would you use for this braided bracelet? Share in the comments below!
- Crystal beads