Things You'll Need
- Colorful paper
- Wooden skewers
- Glue stick
- Decoupage medium
- Beading loom
- Bracelet clasp
Make a wide beaded cuff or wrap bracelet from scratch by making the beads for it as well. By making your own beads from paper, you can choose which colors and patterns of paper to use. Once you learn the basic technique for weaving the beads on a beading loom, you will be making bracelets for yourself as well as your friends.
Make Paper Beads
Measure and cut colorful paper into strips that are 1/4 inch wide by 5 inches long. Cut one end of each strip so that the two long sides taper gradually to a point at one end. These tapered strips will create round, spherical beads.
Curl the wide end of one of the strips around a wooden skewer and apply some glue to the underside of the strip with a glue stick. Wrap the strip around the skewer to form a round bead, with the tapered end in the middle of the top.
Add more glue to the tapered end and smooth it down. Repeat this for each bead you make. Allow all of the beads to dry for 30 minutes.
Brush decoupage medium on the beads and wait three hours for them to dry.
Gently slide the beads off the wooden skewers when they are completely dry.
Weave the Bracelet
Measure and cut a piece of string that is 4 feet long. Tie a knot in one end of the string. Use the knot to anchor the end of the string to the far left slot on one short end of the loom.
Bring the string straight across the length of the loom and put the string through the slit opposite the first one. Wrap the string around the bottom of the loom and through the slit next to the slit where you started. Repeat this until you have threaded the loom. These strings on the loom are called the "warp threads." Tie a knot in the end of the string to secure it.
Measure and cut a piece of string to 4 feet long and tie one end to the first warp thread on the left, about 1 1/2 inches from one end of the loom. This is called the "weft thread" or the thread that will weave around the others.
Add one bead to the other end of this string for each space between the warp threads. Lay the line of beads horizontally across the warp threads, with each bead between two of the warp threads.
Wrap the string once around the far right warp thread after the last bead and feed it up and down through the beads and the warp threads until you get back to where you started. Wrap the weft thread once around the far left warp thread and repeat this process until you have woven a beaded bracelet that is 7 inches long.
Tie the end of the weft thread around the last warp thread after the last bead. Trim the excess length of string. Cut the ends of the warp strings on either end of the loom. Group the ends of the string together at either end and tie them all together.
Tie the ends of the bracelet to each part of the jewelry clasp. Trim the extra lengths of string before wearing the paper bead woven bracelet.
If you don't want to use a purchased clasp, you can simply braid each end of the woven thread and knot the braids together around your wrist.
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