Finally, the plans for three-strand, personalized grandmother bracelets! Enjoy!
Materials for One-Strand Grandmother Bracelets (Amounts Needed are Approximate)
4mm seamless silver round ssRND4
Bali spacer 2.5mm x 4mm
Bali spacer 3mm x 5mm
6mm or 6.5 mm twisted wire jump ring
Swarovski pearl 4mm
4.5 mm silver alpha bead
Saucer spacer 4x7mm
6mm bicone color 1
6mm bicone color 2
6mm bicone color 3
Charms of choice
Crimp tubes 2mm x 2mm
.018" 19 strand silver cable ~ 1 foot
Extra pearls or beads to extend as necessary
Materials for Three-Strand Grandmother Bracelets (Amounts Needed are Approximate)
5 mm seamless silver round (ssr219)
4mm bicone birthstone color 2
Small Bali spacer 2.5mm x 4mm (or Alternative Bali Spacer 3x 4.5)
4mm bicone birthstone color 3
Large Bali spacer 3mm x 5mm (bsp0006)
(or Alternative Bali Spacer 4mm x 7.5)
Choice of charm
Puffed heart –charm337
Mom charm -charm168
5301 AB Crystal Bicone 6mm
3 strand strand separator
5000 Faceted Round Crystal 6mm 5000-crysAB6
toggle clasp ss-tog08
6mm or 6.5 mm twisted wire jump ring bjr0001
Bali bead 1
Swarovski pearl 4mm
Bali Bead 2
4.5 mm silver alpha bead
Bali Bead 3
Saucer spacer 4x7mm sssau5
Crimp tubes 2mm x 2mm –ss2-2
6mm bicone birthstone color 1
Crimp covers sscov01
6mm bicone birthstone color 2
6mm bicone birthstone color 3
.018" 19 strand silver cable ~ 3 feet (softflex)
4mm bicone birthstone color 1
Silver Wire thimbles (size .031)
Silver jump rings to attach separator to toggle clasp pieces (5mm open)
Extra pearls o extend as necessary
Preparation and Organization
Lay out beads on a bead board as per the pattern. You will need to shift the beads around to make them fit properly, so be aware that your grandmother bracelet pattern or layout is not set in stone.
The pattern for the example has a great layout for a three-letter name, a five-letter name, and a seven-letter name. Other names may have 4, 6, 8, or more letters and you will need to use your creativity to design your strands so they all end up being the same length.
Cut your lengths of string cable. 12” should be plenty. You want more than enough cable so that you don’t have problems with finishing the ends.
Since your finished grandmother bracelet will be around 7” or so, your 5” buffer should be plenty. If you are making a longer grandmother bracelet, then certainly cut longer.
Stringing the Beads:
Use a beadstopper or a piece of masking tape on the end of your first cable strand and tart stringing. When finished, stop the end with more tape.
After you’ve strung all your beads, drape them across your arm and see how well they drape and if the multiple strands look nice together.
You may have to reorder and restring the beads to find a pleasing arrangement. (This can be the most frustrating part if you are a perfectionist! I usually end up restringing at least a couple times.)
At this point your beads should be approximately 5”-5½” inches long, strung together. Be careful not to overstring - you need to leave room for the clasp, the crimp, and the crimp covers.
For Multi-Strand Grandmother Bracelets:
If you have a strand separator, attach one end of the strand separator to one side of the clasp with two jump rings interlaced (two jump rings are much less likely to open than a single jump ring). Do the same for the other half of the clasp and other separator.
Take your clasp, close it, and measure the length of it closed in mm. Write this down here (1)_________mm
Measure your bead strand(s) length (just the bead part) in mm, and write that number down here (2)_________mm
Add the numbers together (1)_________ + (2)_________ + 10 mm = _________
This is how big your grandmother bracelet will be if you finished it as is (with the beads strung as they are now). See if that measurement matches the wrist diameter + ½" (or ¼" for a tighter bracelet)
Adjust by adding beads or removing beads as necessary to get the proper size.
Finishing the First Ends:
Take the end bead off, then string one crimp, string the bead you removed, string a second crimp, half a wire thimble, the clasp ring (or strand separator for a multi strand grandmother bracelet with separator and clasp), the other half of the thimble, and then go back through the two crimps.
Pull gently, using your pliers and your fingers to help guide the cable.
Making sure that the cable isn’t twisted inside the crimp tube, and then crimp the tube.
Cover with a crimp cover. Do the same with the second crimp tube. Be sure to leave enough room so that you can add the crimp cover.
The covers are slightly bigger than the crimps so you need to leave a slight gap between the crimps.
Clip the end of the cable with your flush cutters
Cover the crimps with your crimp covers by using your crimping pliers (the semi circle part) to gently close the crimp covers. They will look like silver beads.
Do the same for the other strands, but just one side only. We need to be able to measure and adjust before doing the final side of the bracelet.
You should now have one end of your bracelet finished.
See the How-to’s
and the crimp
Note: These pictures don’t show the wire thimble. I took these pictures before my bracelet broke. Now I always use wire thimbles to reduce the stress on the folded part of the cable.
Remember not to pull too tight.
(In this picture I have a bead in between the crimps. However, I suggest for beginners, just string both crimps with no bead in the centre).
Finishing the Second Set of Ends:
Do the same as in step 8, except don’t crimp the crimps yet.
Using the bracelet sizer, do one last check on the sizing with the clasp closed. Getting the perfect fit is the trickiest part of the process (at least for me), so I always double and triple check.
Visit the following link for video instructions and to download the bracelet sizer template: