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Lovely elastic!

In this innovative design strung on elastic, the loop of smaller beads stretches gently over your wrist.

These opaque and translucent recycled-glass beads hail from Indonesia. Cheerful chartreuse harmonizes with so many wardrobe colors — try wearing your bracelet with browns, greens, or blues.

SUPPLIES

  • 5–7 15 mm glass beads, in two colors
  • 55–65 3 mm glass beads
  • 10–14 10 mm bead caps
  • flexible beading wire, .018 or .019
  • ribbon elastic
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 2 crimp covers (optional)
  • 2 Wire Guardians
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • G-S Hypo Cement
  • scissors
  • twisted-wire beading needle 

Beads from The Bead Goes On, beadgoeson.com. Check your local bead store for similar supplies.

INSTRUCTIONS

Lovely elastic Step 1
1. Cut a 16-in. (41 cm) piece of ribbon elastic. Thread a needle on the elastic or cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of beading wire and fold it in half, looping the elastic through the fold. String 6 in. (15 cm) of 3 mm beads.
Lovely elastic Step 2
2. Tie a surgeon’s knot. Apply glue to the knot and trim the excess elastic.
 
Lovely elastic Step 3
3. Cut a 10-in. (25 cm) piece of beading wire. String a bead cap, a 15 mm bead, a bead cap, and a 3 mm. Repeat, alternating colors, until the strand is half the length of your finished bracelet.
Lovely elastic Step 4
4. On each end, string a 3 mm, a crimp bead, a Wire Guardian, and the beaded elastic. Check the fit, and add or remove beads if necessary. Go back through the last few beads strung, tighten the wire, and crimp the crimp bead. Trim the excess wire.
Tip!
Use the outer notch of your crimping pliers to close a crimp cover over each crimp.
Lovely elastic matching earrings
Add bucolic appeal to earrings with decorative Bali head pins, or go futuristic with coiled wire wrapped around beads.
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