Saturday, January 7, 2012

DIY Clustered Pearl Bracelet

My mother-in-law recently described a bracelet to me that she had seen and really loved. The bracelet was made up of lots of glass pearls in a variety of sizes. I loved the idea of the bracelet she described, so I decided to see if I could make my own version. The bracelet my mother-in-law saw was made using metal findings and traditional jewelry making techniques, but for my version I decided to simplify it a bit. I created this bracelet with nothing more than a needle, thread, and a bit of elastic. (I got the idea for sewing the pearls onto an elastic foundation from the construction technique used in lillyella's really cute button bracelet tutorial). I just finished my bracelet this morning and I'm pretty happy with how it came out. Here's how you can make one too...



Materials:

  • Faux pearl beads in coordinating colors and a variety of sizes (I bought the packs pictured above and picked out the pearls I wanted to use)
  • Metallic thread - (the thread will show so make sure that it coordinates with your pearls) I used single strands of silver DMC floss, this worked fine, but next time I might try a metallic sewing machine thread instead, because I think it may be easier to work with.
  • Elastic - You only need a piece long enough to go around your wrist. The elastic I used was .5" wide.
  • Needle (make sure it is thin enough to fit through the hole in your pearls)
  • Scissors
Step 1: Cut a piece of elastic slightly longer than the circumference of your wrist.

Step 2: Overlap the ends of the elastic and stitch them together. I sewed them together by hand by making stitches in the shape of a square so that the ends would be securely connected. You could also stitch the ends together with a sewing machine if you would prefer.


Step 3: Cut a piece of metallic thread twice as long as you'd like to stitch with. Thread it through the needle and knot the two ends together so that you will be sewing with two strands of thread.

Step 4: Sew up from the underside of the elastic, thread a pearl on your needle and stitch back down through the elastic securing the pearl in place. Repeat this process until the elastic is covered in pearls...that's it! As you're sewing the pearls on make sure to vary the color and size of the pearls that you use so that you end up with an interesting mixture. Also, make sure that you do not leave any bits of elastic showing through, small pearls work great as filler for any little spaces. Whenever you run out of thread, knot it off on the underside of the bracelet and start a new piece.



The underside of the bracelet will not be terribly attractive, however I decided that since it's not visible when I'm wearing the bracelet, I can live with it. :)


Step 5: Admire your beautiful new bracelet!

26 comments:

  1. Super cute! I love your use of metallic floss.

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  2. Ficou muito interessante essa forma de fazer essa pulseira e tambem muito linda!! parabens

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  3. I love it!  Thanks for sharing your idea.

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  4. very pretty.  Seen many like it in catalogs.  Nice to know how easy it can be to make.

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  5. Kate @ A Creative CookieFebruary 24, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Cute!!! Found this on Craft Gawker. :]

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  6. Love this!  I'm obsessed with pearls and have been looking for jewelry projects that are more original than a simple strand.

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  7. Love this, found it on pinterest. I have a ton of pearly beads leftover, and this project is just perfect for them :)

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  8. I like this i will give it a try and make one for my daughter

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  9. Thanks Michele!

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  10. Thank you, Michelle!

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  11. So glad you like it!

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  12. Thanks, Stephanie!

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  13. Thanks, MJ! Let me know how it turns out!

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  14. Thanks, Regina...I'm so glad you're going to make one!

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  15. This sounds like the perfect project for while I'm on bed rest!

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  16. I am looking for a necklace in this style .can you hepl me .Love the beacelet.Thanks

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  17. I love it that this requires no jewelry making tools!  That means that anybody who can use a needle & thread can make this!  Excellent idea!  And it's so pretty too!

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  18. I am having lots of trouble with this project...the thread, the needle that will go thru all the different pearl sizes....any help you can give?...I think it will be beautiful it I only could get it started!!

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  19. Hello! So sorry that you're having trouble with the project. What kind of thread did you buy? I think it might be easiest to use a metallic sewing machine thread, that type of thread is thin so it should work well. For the needle, you'll need one with a narrow eye, especially if your pearls have really small holes. If a sewing needle is too big for your pearls, then you might try a beading needle, they are extra narrow. Hope this helps! Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can help with anything else!

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  20. Thanks for the info...I will check on the thread, but I believe it was the same as your photo...the big problem I is the needle....I did try a beading needle but it wouldn't go thru the elastic...I am now on the hunt for the perfect needle...I will keep you posted!! Thanks again....

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  21. you did a wonderful job. I want to make one also !

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  22. Saw this on totally tutorials and cannot wait to try! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  23. Finally getting around to making this. Took me a while to get the ball rolling on this project because I really wanted to make a necklace to go with the bracelet and couldn't decide on a design. Finally did and I'm halfway through the project. Even throwing in a ring and earrings into the mix. :) Thanks so much for sharing!

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  24. Reggie, I'm glad to hear that you are making this project...I'd love to see photos of the finished set!

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  25. Just saw your tutorial on Pinterest... PIRATED by PandaHall! Disgusting behaviour!

    http://blog.pandahall.com/post/54125685688/jewelry-making-tutorial-how-to-make-homemade-clustered#.Uc4zS_msh8G

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  26. I did the same style but in a more hectic way by hanging the beads off head pins & connecting each individual bead onto wire. It was so heavy, I wore it only once.. . This is simple & gorgeous: )

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