Stretch Bracelet with Labradorite Focal Tutorial

Stretch Bracelet with Labradorite Focal Tutorial

Stretch Bracelet with Labroadorite Focal

We all love stretchy bracelets.  Sometimes, though, we want a stretchy bracelet with a gemstone or bead that has very small holes, and there’s just no chance we can fit stretch cord through the hole.  What’s a beader to do?!  There’s a simple solution: you can create a focal link with your gemstones and use another bead with a large hole for the rest of the bracelet.  Here’s the tutorial for our version!

You will need:

10mm labradorite rondelles (6)

Size 8 silver plated seed beads (5)

8mm matte black onyx beads (15-20)

.8mm Stretch Magic elastic cord (9 inches)

5mm silver crimp covers (2)

24 gauge sterling silver wire (5 inches)

Needle nose pliers

Round nose pliers

Wire cutters

GS Hypo Cement (red)

.

2016-05-02 10.11.22

Using your round nose pliers, form a small loop one inch from the end of the 24 gauge wire.

.

.

2016-05-02 10.12.09

Carefully wrap the loop closed.

.

.

2016-05-02 10.12.30

Cut off any excess wire.

.

.

2016-05-02 10.13.04

Tap the end down carefully with your needle nose pliers to finish the loop.

.

.

2016-05-02 10.14.48

String on alternating labradorite rondelles and seed beads, ending with the sixth labradorite rondelle.

.

.

2016-05-02 10.16.02

Form a wire wrapped loop at the other end of the wire.  This is your labradorite focal link.  (Remember, a link is any bead or segment with a loop at both ends.)

.

.

2016-05-02 10.16.55

Pre-stretch the Stretch Magic.  Tie one end of the Stretch Magic to one loop of the labradorite link with a classic square knot.

.

.

2016-05-02 10.17.43

Tie two more square knots in the Stretch Magic.

.

.

2016-05-02 10.17.59

Glue the knots with GS Hypo Cement.

.

.

2016-05-02 10.19.00

Place both the knots AND the wire loop inside one 5mm crimp cover.

.

.

2016-05-02 10.19.46

Using your needle nose plier, press the crimp cover closed.  (Make sure not to catch the Stretch Magic between the edges of the crimp cover as it closes.)

.

.

2016-05-02 10.22.27

String on 8mm matte black onyx beads until you reach your desired length.

.

.

2016-05-02 10.23.31

Pass the end of the Stretch Magic through the end loop of the labradorite link.  Wrap the Stretch Magic around your finger to form a loop.

.

.

2016-05-02 10.23.54

Pass the end of the cord through the Stretch Magic loop, then pull it tight.

.

.

2016-05-02 10.24.16

Tie two more knots.

.

.

2016-05-02 10.24.30

Glue the knots with GS Hypo Cement.

.

.

2016-05-02 10.25.31

Add the other 5mm crimp cover to hide the knots and the wire loop. Once dry, cut the excess Stretch Magic.

.

.

Stretch Bracelet with Labroadorite Focal

Curve your focal section slightly so that it sits nicely on the wrist.

Happy Beading!

Tagged with: , , , ,
2 comments on “Stretch Bracelet with Labradorite Focal Tutorial
  1. Lyn says:

    Awesome!

  2. Tara says:

    I love this!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*