Beading and jewelry making is becoming a very popular hobby. Not only is it fun to do the project, but you end up with a great fashion accessory at the end. Below are the instructions to craft a super easy stretchy necklace and bracelet jewelry set. This project is easy enough for an older child to do, but can be made as elegant as you would like the finished product to be.
To craft this stretchy necklace and bracelet set, you only need two things. One, jewelry grade stretchy cord. This is transparent elastic cord that can be found at any craft store. You also need beads. The size, materials, style, and colors are up to you. You can make the jewelry with all one style of bead, or create a pattern of different types.
Designing the Necklace and Bracelet Jewelry Set
The first thing you have to do when making a necklace and jewelry set is designing the layout of the beads. Are you going to have a string of all the same beads? Will you have a repeating pattern of beads? Or will you have smaller beads on each end around your neck and a larger focal bead or charm in the center?
Besides the order of beads that you decide to use, you can also change the look of the jewelry set by using different types of beads. A chic evening jewelry set can be made with genuine semi-precious stones, Austrian crystals or pearls, while a casual trendy set can be made with colorful glass beads, wood, or even plastic.
Stringing the Beads and Completing the Jewelry
The first step in stringing the beads for the jewelry set is determining how long to cut the stretchy elastic cord. You should cut it approximately one and a half to two inches long than needed, so that you have extra length for the knot. The bracelet should encircle your wrist comfortable when unstretched. The necklace can be made as a choker or longer if you wish. The stretch will help it be put on easier without a clasp to open and close.
After measuring the stretchy cord, make a knot at one end. The knot should be large enough that the beads do not slip off the end. Then, simply string the beads in the order you laid them out in. After all the beads are strung, put a knot in the other end of the cord. The knotted ends will prevent the beads from slipping off. Then, tie the two ends of the stretchy jewelry cord together with a sturdy square knot. The loose ends can be left or threaded back through a few beads to hide them.
Crafting this stretchy necklace and bracelet jewelry set is a great project for children and adults alike. Depending on what type of beads you use, the end result can be funky and casual, or chic and elegant. With the ease of using the stretchy cord, it is truly a jewelry set project for every skill level.