Beaded Bracelets

I design jewelry; I found that I've ended up with several mis-matched, double-holed bracelet segments in the bottom of my "trove." One lazy Sunday afternoon, I made this from those misfits, and it is now my very favorite bracelet/anklet in my collection!

Approximate Time: 20 minutes



  • 2 1/2 feet nylon-coated, twisted cable (Tiger Tail)
  • 11 double-holed bracelet segments
  • 4 crimp covers
  • 1 lobster-claw clasp
  • 2 ring-shaped toggle clasp
  • 1 crescent-shaped double to single connector
  • 24 same-colored, small glass beads
  • needle-nose pliers
  • snips
  • 4 crimp tubes
  • 1 small split ring


1. Snip Tiger Tail into two equal sections.

2. On one end of both sections of Tiger Tail, place a crimp tube about 1 inch from its end.

3. On one end of both sections, pass Tiger Tail through hole of both round-shaped toggle clasps; double back through into the crimp tube.


4. Using your pliers, pull the end that's been twice-passed through the crimp tube taut, so that it rests snugly against the toggle clasp.

5. Using pliers to compress crimp tube, thereby securing Tiger Tail to toggle clasp (should NOT slip if squeezed enough; do NOT squeeze too hard or the crimp tube will split and you will have to start over).

6. String a colored, round glass bead onto both of the parts; make sure the double-back Tiger Tail also goes through all added components until it disappears to the single strand of Tiger Tail.


7. Pass one string through the bottom hole of your first double-holed bracelet segment, and the other string through the top hole (should lay flat on your work surface).

8. Alternate glass beads and bracelet segments in the same fashion as described in steps # 6 and # 7.

9. When you reach the end of your design, again string one crimp tube onto each string.

10. Pass end of each string through their respective hole of the crescent-shaped, single-to-double connector.

11. Double back each string into their respective crimp tube, much like you did in step # 3.

12. Pull taut against the connector and compress crimp tubes; snip off ends of Tiger Tail so that they're flush and inconspicuous.

13. Open split ring and pass through single hole of connector to the hole of the lobster-claw clasp.


14. Close split ring with pliers.

15. Finish piece by slipping the four crimp covers, one over each compressed crimp tube; close covers gently to keep the round shape of the crimp cover (should look like another bead, for a professionally-finished look).

16. Pat yourself on the back for a job well-done!

By Brianna Southworth from Dutch Harbor, Alaska

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