Category Archives: Bracelets

Bead Kit Mondays

We are happy to announce our new summer activity at Anita’s Beads: Bead Kit Mondays! Beginning on Monday June 4th we will be featuring a new bead kit every Monday. If you purchase the featured bead kit on the day it is presented, a discount of 10% off the regular price will be applied. Anita will show how to make the kit by demonstrations at the bead counter throughout the day.

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The featured kit for Monday June 4th is our popular Halo Rainbow Super-Duo 4-wrap bracelet with an easy magnet closure. Many of you have been waiting for this kit to be available. Come see us on Bead Kit Monday! Monday hours are 10-5.

Instructions for Super-DUO Wrap Bracelets

Your kit has beading wire with magnet clasp, wire guard and crimp already attached so you have a double wire for stringing. You will need chain-nose pliers for flattening the second crimp and cutters for trimming the wire at the end. The wire is stiff enough that you will not need a needle for this project.

Holding two wires together, string on one of the two small glass bead, then two metal heishi. Now separate the wires and put a seed bead on each, then string on a super-DUO two-hole bead with a wire through each hole.

Alternate two seed beads (one on each wire) and DUO’s ending with two seed beads. Let the beaded portion lay flat on your work surface to minimize twisting caused by too much tension.

4-wrap Bracelets: 30 inches of beads will wrap a 7.5-inch wrist four times.

1-wrap Bracelets: String 20 DUOs separated by seed beads before the focal. End with two seed beads and holding the two wires together, string on two heishi, then the focal, then two heishi. Begin the second half with two seed beads, one on each wire. Adjust for size by stringing extra or fewer beads.

Finish with two heishi, a glass bead, a crimp and a wire guard. Attach to the second loop on the magnet clasp. Next, string back through the crimp, the glass bead and the two heishi. This is all done holding the two wires together as one. Do not tighten yet. Leave at least an inch of play between the last beads and the crimp. (There is an extra crimp provided in the kit.)

Separate the magnet clasp and lay the bracelet flat. Slide beads up towards the uncrimped end to release the tension which causes the bracelet to curl and twist. Beads should all be touching with no wire showing between them except at the final end.

Tighten the end wires and flatten the crimp to finish.

All materials for Super-DUO bracelets are available separately at Anita’s Beads. Email Anita at anitaNH@roadrunner.com to place an order.

Daily Bracelet No. 24

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Daily Bracelet No. 24 features Czech glass beads and Japanese seed beads on Silver Plate.

Finished Bracelet – $45.00     Bead Kit – $9.95

Metal components for this project must be purchased separately. Combine your Bead Kit with one of Anita’s Daily Bracelet Metal Kits to make a complete bracelet.

To order, contact Anita by phone 603-522-6529 or email anitaNH@roadrunner.com

Daily Bracelet No. 27

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Daily Bracelet No. 27 features Czech glass beads and Japanese seed beads on Antique Brass.

Finished Bracelet – $45.00     Bead Kit – $10.95

Metal components for this project must be purchased separately. Combine your Bead Kit with one of Anita’s Daily Bracelet Metal Kits to make a complete bracelet.

To order, contact Anita by phone 603-522-6529 or email anitaNH@roadrunner.com

Tube Bracelet Instructions

Here are instructions for making the popular “Tube Bracelet” with magnetic closure. Just complete Steps 1-4 below. If you are making one of Anita’s Tube Bracelet Kits, Step 1 has already been done for you.

These instructions have been written for bracelets that have a focal bead in the center. Bracelets with no focal usually have 7 beads (6mm in size) in the middle for the large size; 6 beads (6mm in size) in the middle for the small. You can make Tube Bracelets to fit any wrist size by adding or subtracting beads. These bracelets are meant to fit snug on the wrist.

All components for Tube Bracelets may be purchased separately at Anita’s Beads. See the Tube Bracelet Supplies page.

Your kit contains:
1 24-inch piece of .015 beading wire
2 crimp beads
2 metal wire guards (look like horse shoes)
1 magnet clasp
4 3x2mm rondelle metal beads
4 3mm round metal beads
4 2x38mm metal tubes
6 metal flat heishi spacer beads
10 colored bracelet beads
1 focal bead

You will need the following tools:
Chain nose pliers
Cutters

Step 1) Attach clasp to wire guard with crimp:
Thread the beading wire through one tube of the wire guard from the bottom, and then down the second tube from the top. (Note: if you are unfamiliar with wire guards, they are horse-shoe shaped with a hollow tube portion at both ends connected by an open u-shaped channel between them.)

Move the wire guard to the center of the beading wire. Now slip one ring of your magnet clasp over one end of the beading wire and bring it up into wire guard so it rests around the u-shaped channel. Once the magnet clasp is attached, bring both ends of the beading wire through the crimp. Pinch the two tube portions of the wire guard together so they are touching, and slide the crimp up to meet them.

With your chain nose pliers, flatten the crimp so it makes secure contact to hold the wires. For the best appearance, there should be no space between the wire guard and the flattened crimp. Make sure you do not compress the tiny tubes of the wire guard as you flatten the crimp.

Step 2) String on beads:
Holding the two wires together, string one colored bracelet bead, then one metal rondelle, and then one 3mm round metal bead and slide them up to the crimp. Now split the wires and string one metal tube onto each one and slide them up to the 3mm round metal bead.

Hold the two wires together again and string on one 3mm round metal bead, one metal rondelle, one bracelet bead, and one heishi. Continue to alternate bracelet beads and heishi for a total of two, three, or four sets. Then add the focal bead, followed by enough bracelet beads and heishi to match the first side, ending with a bracelet bead.

You can adjust the size of your bracelet by the number of beads added in the center on either side of the focal bead.

String on a rondelle metal bead directly after the last bracelet bead, and then string on a metal 3mm round. Now split the wires again and string one metal tube onto each.

The bring the wires together again and string on one 3mm round bead, one rondelle, one colored bracelet bead, and finally, the second crimp.

Step 3) Add second wire guard and attach to clasp:
Make sure all beads are strung evenly and without spaces, showing bare wire as little as is possible. Take the two wires coming out of the second crimp and feed them up through one side of the second wire guard, across the top of the wire guard, and down through the second side.

Now slip the second ring of your magnet clasp over the piece of beading wire that you just fed through the second side of the wire guard and bring it up into wire guard so it rests around the u-shaped channel. Once the magnet clasp is attached, bring the ends of the beading wire back down through the crimp and the colored bracelet bead. Pinch the two tube portions of the wire guard together so they are touching.

Keeping the crimp in position against the last colored bracelet bead, pull the tails of the wires running through the wire guard until the gap is eliminated between the crimp and the wire guard. If you can, insert the two tails through the last bead before the crimp as well.

With your chain nose pliers, flatten the crimp so it makes secure contact to hold the wires. For the best appearance, there should be no space between the wire guard and the flattened crimp. Make sure you do not compress the tiny tubes of the wire guard as you flatten the crimp.

Step 4) Trim wires:
Carefully trim off the two short pieces as close as you can. Your tube bracelet is now complete.

Visit Anita’s Beads and ask to see a demonstration at the counter if you need help.

Here are links to additional items related to Tube Bracelets: Tube Bracelet SuppliesCrystal Beads for Birthdays