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Gemstones + Charms Bracelet Set Tutorial

Tutorial by Adrianne Surian

These simple bracelets look great stacked, or by themselves.  Adrienne says, "I had some fun with these easy DIY bracelets, combining stone beads and pewter charms to mix and match.  These are beginner-friendly and don't require much in the way of supplies, so that makes it a great project for craft night or a rainy day!"
This project is great to customize - use your favorite gemstones and choose the perfect accent charm!

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Please note: some items pictured may not be available from Happy Mango Beads. Please see the above links for suggestions.
Cut a 12-inch length of stretch cord to begin.  Your final bracelet will be about 7.25 inches, but the excess will make sure you don't lose beads as you go and that you have plenty of room to tie your knot at the end.  The pattern Adrienne used for these bracelets was 14 gemstone beads, then one pewter spacer bead, repeated three times.  Get creative, though!  Any pattern you like is a good one.
Attach your charm to a jump ring.  When you reach the end of your beaded length, string the charm on through the jump ring.  This will allow it to move more freely on your wrist and not get in your way.
Try not to get the stretch cord too loose or too tight when you tie it.  You don't want slack in the bracelet, but you want it to stretch well, so try not to put any tension on the cord.  Add a drop of glue to the knot and allow it to dry (this should only take a minute or two).  Then, trim the excess cord away.
Next - make more!  A 15-inch strand of gemstone beads will make 2 bracelets, so you can share with a friend, or start working on a whole set!