I know, I know. You’re wondering what in the world you’re going to do with a stress bracelet. Although its bright colors make it look a bit like candy, you can’t eat it. Well, you use it to relieve stress. It obviously won’t work for everyone, but I find just having something textured to hold that I can roll around in my hand can distract me from whatever is really bothering me. The great thing about these is that you can unwind and play with one part without having to take it off of your wrist and risk losing it!
And if you’re not stressed? Well, it’s still pretty. Say it all together now: “Ooooo! Shiny!!!”
“How do I make these beautiful and shiny baubles?” you ask. Well, first you gather your supplies: beads, cord, and glue. Choose beads with some texture and avoid barrel shaped beads that will feel like one solid column when strung together. If you prefer to work with small beads like I do, use a 0.5 mm clear stretchy cord. If you’re using larger beads, you can use a thicker stretchy fabric cord. Generally, I prefer to use craft glue that dries clear, but since I have about 1,000 low-temp glue sticks lying around the house, I went with that today.
Step 1: Wrap the cord loosely around your wrist about 4 times and cut. Start adding beads to your cord. Keep the beads toward the center of the cord (that will make more sense later).
Step 2: When you think you have enough beads to go around your wrist, drape the beads around to measure. You want the beads on either end to meet with just a little bit of extra room. If they don’t meet or they meet but the bracelet feels too tight or too loose, add or subtract a few beads until it feels just right.
Step 3: Make sure the beads are in the center of your cord and tie the two ends together in a square not, pulling it tight so that you don’t have any space between the beads on each end.
Step 4: Add beads to both of the long ends.
Step 5: Measure the two long ends by curving them on top of the existing beaded loop. The beads on each of the long ends should be the same length as the already finished loop. Add or subtract beads and measure again until it’s just right.
Step 6: Tie the two long ends together so that you have one small beaded loop and one large beaded loop. The large beaded loop should be twice the size of the small one.
Step 7: Put a dot of craft glue over the knot at the end of your big loop. Allow it to dry completely. (You can skip this step, but beading cord has a tendency to come untied so I wouldn’t recommend it.) Trim the ends of your cord
Step 8: Wear your bracelet. If you want to play with the long end, simply unwrap it from your wrist. When worn normally, you should have three loops around your wrist (the small one, and the large one doubled over).
To make a Y-style bracelet, form your first loop at one end of the cord instead of in the middle; put glue on the not prior to beading a single long end; bead the long end, tie a knot in the end, and glue the end knot as well.
To make a Ring-style bracelet, begin like the Y-bracelet, making sure that your long end is long enough to reach your middle finger and wrap around it (leave an extra 2 inches for tying the knot). Once you’ve tied the knot on the long end, measure where to tie for the ring and create your second loop. Put a dot of craft glue on that knot as well. (See Sea Glass bracelet above).