Seed Bead Bracelets
Colorful beaded bracelets have signaled summer for as long as the coolest counselors at camp have been stacking them up their wrists.
Photography: Pernille Loof
Source: Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2018
Our chic, grown-up versions are just as fun, but with one extra benefit—you don't have to sleep, shower, or swim in them, thanks to a crimp bead that makes sliding them on and off a cinch. Our secret to stringing these beauties without a headache or hand cramp? A flexible wire needle that slips right through the tiny beads.
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Embroidery floss (Pictured: DMC embroidery floss, 52¢ for 8.7 yd., michaels.com)
Twisted beading needle, size #10
Seed beads (Pictured: Miyuki seed beads, #11, from $3.25 for 7.5 g., firemountain gems.com)
Crimp beads (Pictured: Crimp beads, 1 mm, $6 for 100, firemountaingems.com)
Glass beads (Pictured: Blue-striped Ghana glass beads, $8 for 200, shopleekan.com)
Trim floss to loosely fit your wrist. Thread through needle, leaving a loose tail several inches long; tape other end to a flat surface.
Slide seed beads onto needle; push down along floss to create your pattern.
Add crimp bead. Remove needle and tape, and thread needle onto other end of floss; pull it through crimp bead. (At this point, the beads should form a loop, and the loose ends of floss should stick out from the crimp bead.)
Trim floss and knot ends. To adjust bracelet, pull crimp bead up and down.