How to Crochet a Bead and Wire Braceletcomments (20) August 1st, 2008
When I teach wire crochet classes, most of my students want to make this bracelet. It's a wonderful way to use up leftover beads, and it's so quick to do, you can crank out several of them in one sitting.
If you're not familiar with wire crochet, you can learn about it from my basic tutorial. It's helpful if you've crocheted with yarn before but not necessary.
Start with an assortment of beads. I usually pull about 40 beads together in various sizes. It's a good idea to have some larger beads and some smaller. I'm using all one color here, but it's great fun to mix several colors.
What you'll need:
28-gauge craft wire
Aluminum crochet hook, US size G
The wire you see here is 28-gauge colored craft wire. You can find this online at Fire Mountain Gems.
Your first step is to string some beads on the wire. Leave the wire attached to the spool when you do this! You'll cut it after you've crocheted it. Always start and finish with two or three of your smallest beads, and string them in random order in between.
You'll need far fewer beads than you think! See how long my strand of beads is compared with my wrist? That's all you'll need for the first strand of your bracelet. When you crochet the wire, this strand will become much longer. And if you begin with too many beads, your bracelet will end up too large.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery
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