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Anytime I make a baby girl present…I always throw in one of these baby bracelets…cause they are super fast to do…and ohmygoodness so cute. Something about teeny weeny things makes me happy (I have this little tiny bottle of A1 in my cupboard. it’s just so cute!

so i thought i would give you a basic rundown of how i make them. they are super easy to make and you just need a few things….

here’s a view of the crimp beads close up..they look just like regular beads…and here are my closures…(there is so many out there you can pick whatever you prefer!)

the elastic i have here is big…i had to buy bigger crimp beads so just make sure that the crimp beads and elastic fit together! (you don’t have to use elastic…i like a little stretch in my bracelets though)

disclaimer…i made these pictures BIG so you could see the details.
don’t judge my manicure.(or lack thereof)
you take your elastic (cut to size…i always cut bigger though cause i don’t ever want to be short!) and add your crimp bead

then take your clasp and run it through the opening…

then you are going to make a loop and turn the ends and stick them back in the crimp bead

then you move the crimp bead right up as close to the clasp as possible. take your needle nose pliers and pinch the crimp bead (or CRIMP the crimp bead)

I pinch it until I can’t pinch no more!

then i just started stringing beads…i bought these silver open flowers from joanns which they can be used normal…but i decided to add a bead in the middle…

for the baby sized (like newborn) before i add the final piece it’s about 9 centimeters…so probably 10  all together….

but you know…..babies vary. (that just makes me giggle. yes, babies vary quite a bit) some come out all chubby wubby and some come out early and are little peaweas. (kid number 2 and kid number 3) so some bracelets might fall clear up to the elbow…and some might look like they are cutting off the babe’s circulation. so go ahead and adjust as needed… (and that’s always why i use the elastic..)

and then to close it…add another crimp bead…

string it through the closure…

and go back in down through the crimp bead

pull so the crimp bead and all the extra elastic is tight so the beads are tight in a row and crimp the bead…

(not a real baby)
you can use the same method to make a binky clip
you just need to add an alligator clip and …um..these things
this is just an old one of my daughters i stuck back in my bead box so i could reuse the beads
alrighty…there you have it. the very basic of basic jewelry making.
don’t expect anything from me beyond these skills.
i’m not bev.

About Kimbo

Kimbo blogs at A girl and a glue gun--where she puts her hot glue gun to good use (as well as her vinyl cutter and sewing machine) She loves all crafts and is thrifty (the nice way to say she's cheap) So she is constantly trying to come up with fast and easy projects that won't break the bank! She lives in Idaho with her hot husband and 3 kiddos.