How To Make A Faux Obsidian Bracelet

Obsidian is a dazzling stone that glistens in the sun. For years I thought it would be amazing to own an obsidian bracelet, but then I realized I could make a faux one with some acrylic beads in my crafting supplies. I might as well use up my crafting supplies, or that is how I approach things, anyway. Obsidian rock is quite an awe inspiring to spot in nature, and I first remember finding an obsidian rock near an old mining cave where we used to camp back when I was young. I have always loved obsidian, but buying a large number of these beads would be more expensive than using acrylic ones I already have on hand. A large package of acrylic beads that look like obsidian sells for around a dollar, which is a great alternative for making a faux black obsidian bracelet. The materials I used for this project were:

  • a ruler
  • stretchy cord
  • black acrylic beads
  • scissors

I made five small black acrylic bracelets that I wear together, which gives the look of a more complicated bracelet. This project is easy enough for kids, but adults will also enjoy wearing these beautiful black colored bracelets.

Five faux obsidian bracelets all put together, which creates the illusion of a more intricate bracelet.
Five faux obsidian bracelets all put together, which creates the illusion of a more intricate bracelet.

Step One: Gather The Supplies

Gather together the beads and the stretchy cord.
Gather together the beads and the stretchy cord.

The first step is to gather together the beads and the stretchy cord for this project. Use a ruler to measure and cut off about twelve inches (30.48 centimeters). For my wrist I only need about seven to eight inches to go around, but I use the extra stretchy cord for tying off the bracelet.

Step Two: Add The First Bead

Add the first bead to the stretchy cord.
Add the first bead to the stretchy cord.

Tie a knot at the end of the stretchy cord and add the first bead.  Make sure the knot is large enough so the bead does not slip off.

Step Three: Keep Adding Beads

Keep adding beads to the necklace.
Keep adding beads to the necklace.

Keep adding beads to the necklace.  Make sure the slipknot is big enough so the beads do not fall off.

Step Four: Add More Beads

Add more beads to the bracelet.
Add more beads to the bracelet.

Add more beads to the bracelet.  Straighten out the strand every now and then to measure with a ruler, which helps to check the progress.  A bracelet has to be about 7.5 inches  (19.05 centimeters) to go around my wrist, so I periodically measure the strand to see what stage I am at.  I used a flexible ruler to measure around my wrist, but cutting off a piece of yarn and measuring it with a ruler would also work.  I like to measure out my bracelets because in the past these were either too small or too large when I did not do so. 

Step Five: Add Even More Beads

Keep adding beads to the strand.
Keep adding beads to the strand.

Keep adding beadss to the strand, and periodically check to see if the desired length has been reached.  Keep in mind each person's wrist will vary, so measure before beading!

Step Six: Keep Adding Those Beads

The bracelet is beginning to take shape!
The bracelet is beginning to take shape!

 Keep adding the beads to the bracelet.  Of course measure from time to time.

Step Seven: Measure Before Tying Off Bracelet

After measuring my wrist I have determined a bracelet needs to be between 7.5 to 8 inches ( 19.05 to 20.32 centimeters) to go around my wrist. As I suggested please do measure your wrist to determine the proper circumference. Once my bracelet is long enough it is time to tie it off. I can do this easily by take both end and knotting these together several times until the bracelet is secure. I simply trim off the excess stretchy cord hanging out of the knot, which is not very visible since I used clear colored cord.

Step Eight: Make Four More Bracelets

Make five bracelets to wear togehter.
Make five bracelets to wear togehter.

 For this project I decided to make five bracelets to be worn together, which creates the illusion of a more complicated bracelet.

Step Nine: Wear The Bracelets

The bracelets look like faux black obsidian.
The bracelets look like faux black obsidian.

The bracelets are now ready to wear and enjoy.  These black acrylic beads have the look of faux black obsidian, so these are fun and economical alternative in the world or beading.  Happy crafting!

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shawna.wilson 7 years ago from Arizona

The five bracelets together look really pretty. Thanks for a fun indoor summer project idea!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad you enjoyed the way the bracelets look shawna!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Great idea. I used to make bracelets with string and/or yarn when I was a teenager but haven't made them since. They were very time-consuming however. These look like they don't take a lot of time but look great. Thanks SweetiePie!


brownlickie 7 years ago

My wife loves it and is going to make one. Well done excellent hub regards brownlickie


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yamanote 7 years ago from UK/Spain

Jewelry making and beading can be great hobbies - thanks for sharing your design ideas


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

dohn,

These are fast to make.

brownlickie,

Glad to hear your wife likes this project.

yamanote,

Thank you!


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Anamika S 7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

SweetiePie, I must admit that the bracelet looks wonderful.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Anamika,

Thank you for the nice comment!

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