Optional Sterling Cable and Stringing Thimble (.021 Inch Hole)
Optional 3mm Sterling Crimp Cover
Stringing Your Two-Strand Bracelet
Step 1: Line up your beads
Start by lining up your beads on your bead board or on masking tape facing sticky side up. This makes it easy to move them around and rearrange them if you need to.
Step 2: Prepare your Beading Wire
Cut 2 10 inch pieces of stranded stringing cable.
Use a piece of masking tape as a bead stop at the end of your cables...
You could also use a beadstopper or an alligator clip
Step 3: String, Look, Rearrange, Fuss...
Don't finish either end yet. String a length, then tape or "bead stop" the other end. Do the same for the second strand.
It's OK to string and restring until you're happy with the design (I usually have to rearrange a few times until I like the look).
Step 4: Measure
Check your length – you want the finished bracelet to be the finished wrist size + ½" to ¾ " – any more and the bracelet has a chance of becoming unclasped (unlikely, but you can never be too careful)
So you want the beaded portion of your bracelet to be about wrist size minus a half inch.
(The average wrist size of a medium sized caucasian woman to be about 6", and asian wrists tend to be about 5 ½" à this info is no based on statistical research – just my own immediate experience. I have limited experience with other ethnic backgrounds.)
Adjust the size as necessary by adding or removing beads. You might have to readjust the design slightly.
Step 5: Crimping one end of the bracelet
If your size is OK, take the tape off one of the ends, and remove the last bead strung.
String a crimp tube, then the bead you removed, then another crimp tube, then the round half of your toggle clasp.
String the end of your cable back through the crimp-bead-crimp series.
Remember not to pull too tight. You want some length remaining on the other end so that you can crimp that side too.
Use your crimping pliers as illustrated to crimp the first crimp tube.
Use the front part of your crimping pliers to fold over the crimp...
...So that it looks like this.
Take your crimp cover.
Use the front part of the crimping pliers to gently close the crimp cover.
It should look pretty, like this.
Repeat steps x-x with your next crimp.
Trim your cable close with flush cutters.
Check your size again. Measure twice, cut once!
Repeat for the second strand, following steps x-x.
For the other side, you need to merge the two strands into one so that the toggle will fit through the other end of the clasp.
Do this by removing the last bead on each strand, slipping a tiny sterling bead onto each end, then sliding one of the removed beads onto both cable strands.
Still stringing onto both strands, string a crimp tube, the other removed bead, then the last crimp tube.
String the cables back through the bead crimp bead series
Use your round nose pliers to ease the cable tight. This takes some practice.
Crimp and cover your crimps the same way as the other end.
I often get questions about exactly what to use for these mommy bracelets, so I collected a list of all you need right here. These are the supplies needed for a 2-strand Ruby Style Bracelet. All supplies from Artbeads.com