DIY Gold Tube Bracelets

 by Erica in D.I.Y.
I have very vivid memories of walking into a bead store for the first time, almost 15 years ago, and being overwhelmed by the million and ten ideas that filled my mind. I was immediately hooked on the concept of transforming simple and unexpected elements into something beautiful and wearable. That moment was the catalyst for my eventual path into jewelry design and craft – my higher calling, if you will. Today’s tutorial takes me back to my first foray into jewelry making, where I’ll show you how to make two delightful bracelets using the same basic component. Get inspired and have fun!

For single, adjustable gold tube bracelets, you’ll need:
  •  a 2mm x 38mm curved noodle tube bead 
  • 2 feet of 0.5mm chinese knoting cord 
  • an embroidery needle 
  • 2 spacer beads
   Start by cutting the knotting cord into 2 12 inch pieces. Thread a gold noodle tube bead through one     of the strands and cross the ends.
    And now, all that’s left is the sliding closure! Similar to our macrame bracelet, fold the 2nd strand       over the overlapping ends and start tying square knots. Fold the top cord over the bottom cord . . .
   . . . and bring the top cord under both the bottom and middle overlapping strands through the loop,       into a knot.

    Repeat the same step on the right side.
   Continue to make 5-6 more knots.
    To finish the knots, thread one of the cords onto a needle and sew up the center of 2-3 knots along       the  backside. Pliers will help pull the needle through the tight knots.
   Trim away any excess cord.
    Thread two gold spacer beads onto each cord and tie the tips into a knot. Trim.
    Your adjustable & colorful bracelets are done!

For a leather wrap gold tube bracelet, you’ll need:
  •  7-8 3mm x 50mm curved noodle tube beads
  •  1 yard of 1.5mm leather cord
  •  2 crimp on cord ends 
  • 1 small spring or lobster clasp
  •  a pair of chainnose pliers
    Insert one end of the leather cord into the crimp on cord end. Take a pair of chainnose pliers and         squeeze the middle of the end cap to secure the leather cord.

   Thread on 7-8 gold noodle tube beads.
   Wrap the bracelet around the wrist to gauge the proper length. Trim and crimp on the second
    end cap.
   Using the pliers, open the jump ring connected to the clasp and connect it to one of the end caps.
   Wrap, close and your bracelet is complete!

    Layer and enjoy.
(Calypso Parachute Skirt, DIY Bracelets, Odette Arrow Cuff Bracelet, Gorjana x Bauble Bar Chevron Bracelet, Mr. Kate Twig Rings, Catbird Heart Ring; all images by HonestlyWTF)

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