If you’re looking for a tranquil jewelry-making project, the stretchy yoga bracelet is perfect. It’s easy to make and takes very few tools (this also makes it perfect for beginning jewelry makers!). Our design incorporates Mala prayer beads and 8mm round gemstone beads. Plus, we’ve personalized the bracelet with a Nina Designs charm. Whether you make one or a whole armful, you will love this project!
First, gather your supplies:
- 1 each charm (I used item #88-801-11-0: Nina Designs natural bronze charm with lotus cut-out)
- 8 each 8mm round gemstone beads (I used item #21-888-195: 8mm round dyed rainbow new jade beads)
- 9+ each round rosewood mala beads (I used item #29-580-08: 8mm round rosewood Mala beads)
- 8 each 5mm metal heishi beads (I used item #49-955-05-4: 5mm TierraCast® gold-plated nugget heishi beads)
- 12+ each 7mm metal heishi beads (I used item #49-955-07-4: 7mm TierraCast® gold-plated nugget heishi beads)
- 2 each small metal rondelle beads (I used item #26-155-32-2: 3.2mm yellow-plated rondelle metal beads)
- 10+ inches Stretch Magic® Cord (I used item #61-037-05: 0.7mm clear Stretch Magic® cord)
- GS Hypo Cement
You will also need just a couple of tools:
Then follow these easy steps:
Step 1: Measure and cut the Stretch Magic cord. Make the cord length wrist size plus 4 inches). String on the charm and position it in the middle of the cord. On each side of the charm, string one rondelle bead and one 5mm nugget heishi bead. Add the Bead Stopper to one side of the cord.
Tool Spotlight: Bead Stoppers are a helpful tool for any stringing project! Simply attach the spring to your beading cord to prevent accidental bead spills. You can purchase the Bead Stoppers in both regular and mini size. This tool is a “Rings & Things Staff Choice”.
Step 2: The color of rainbow new jade beads varies from bead to bead on each strand. Take a moment and plan your bead design before stringing. String on one 8mm gemstone bead followed by one 5mm nugget bead; string this pattern three times, then end with an additional 8mm gemstone bead.
Step 4: Continue beading. String on two 7mm nugget heishi beads. Then string on an alternating pattern of one 8mm Mala bead, followed by one 7mm nugget bead; repeat this pattern five times. Secure the beads with a Bead Stopper.
Step 5: Secure the cord with a Bead Stopper on the beaded side of the bracelet. String beads on the opposite side of the bracelet, matching the pattern in Step 4. Vary the number of wooden Mala beads and 7mm nugget heishi beads to achieve your desired bracelet length.
Step 6: With the Bead Stopper removed, hold the ends of the Stretch Magic cord securely and form a circular bracelet. Secure the cord with a knot (square knot, surgeon’s knot, or a few over-hand knots). To tighten the knot, pull the cord tails and stretch the bracelet. Clip the cording about 1/8″ from the knot.
Step 7: Secure the connection by applying GS Hypo Cement to the knot. Use the super-fine applicator to generously coat the knot, and then slide the knot into the center of a wooden Mala bead and allow it to dry. Now the knot is secure, protected, and hidden.
Get Inspired! Enjoy the following free charm bracelet instructions from Rings & Things too!
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