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Making An Easy Bracelet or Necklace In Minutes - gifts that look great but don't take hours to do.

Updated on December 17, 2013
MAGNETIC BRACELET WIRE
MAGNETIC BRACELET WIRE | Source
CRAFTING OPTIONS
CRAFTING OPTIONS | Source
STRING ONTO WIRE
STRING ONTO WIRE | Source
FINISHED BRACELET
FINISHED BRACELET | Source

FOR A MAGNETIC BRACELET OR NECKLACE

First you will need a magnetic bracelet or necklace wire. If you look at the first picture you will see what one looks like. All you need to do is twist off the removable end to string beads onto it.

Next you will need some beads make sure they will have a hole large enough to slide onto the bracelet or necklace wire. You can choose anything you like. You may even place charms on it as you go. I chose some carved wooden beads and some small metal spacer beads that were molded in different shapes(shown in center right of second picture).

Lay out the beads you have chosen in a row. You may use a wash cloth or dish towel to avoid having the beads roll away from you and if you drop one it will not disappear onto the floor or into the void underneath your work area. [This is a VERY useful tip! I have spent many minutes of my life crawling around looking for that pesky bead that popped out of my grasp!]

When you get very close to the end you will need to push the last one or two onto the end of the wire while it is laying on your work surface. The bracelet or necklace wire is fairly stiff so if you just hold the other end still as you push so that it will not slide away from you. Next grab the end of the wire with a pair of needle nose pliers or in a pinch you may use a pair of tweezers. While holding the wire end, use your other hand to twist the bracelet end back onto the wire. Twist till snugger than finger tight and Voila! You are done!

Easiest jewelry item ever! And it looks professional. Magnetically attaches to itself so it will be easy for her to put it on herself with no assistance.

ADD A BEAD [BEADS WITH GROMMETS]

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PolymerMetal large holePolymer with grommetMetal large hole with loopEnameled
Polymer
Polymer | Source
Metal large hole
Metal large hole | Source
Polymer with grommet
Polymer with grommet | Source
Metal large hole with loop
Metal large hole with loop | Source
Enameled
Enameled | Source

GLASS BEADS

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BEAD BRACELET

Add a bead system
Add a bead system | Source

ANOTHER ALTERNATIVE

European style and lampwork beads are very popular. You can purchase many beads and bead spacers that are made for the bracelet blanks. The variety available today is amazing. Polymer clay, glass, fired glass, enameled, porcelain, metal, precious metal, the list is almost endless.

The difference between my prior example and this one is that these bracelet blanks are not stiff. The same procedure applies, but you are not required to fill the bracelet up. These bracelets are meant to be added to throughout a period of time or even a lifetime. They are available from a variety of sources and in a variety of metal color choices. You can choose a few beads you think she would like and maybe a charm. Add a couple of smaller metal spacer beads made to fit this type of bracelet and you are finished. Many people start out with just a couple of beads and a couple of spacers. These beads generally cost more because you are purchasing an individual bead instead of a string or assortment. There are even metal bead adapters that you may purchase to add to large hole glass beads that are metal to fit the bead chains for these bracelets and necklaces.

Just remember that this is something you or she will need to add to over time. It is nice to give a bead or two at Christmas time or on birthdays to add to the bracelet. The beads do not need to match. They will have specific meanings to you and your girl.

I have linked some Amazon and E-bay offerings below for example purposes and displayed a few pictures of items you may use for creating bead gifts.

Hopefully this has been helpful to you as an easy gift that will be appreciated

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      Marla J Neogra 5 years ago from Parkersburg, West Virginia

      Excellent, I am glad you liked it.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Great hub. Your directions are terrific and the pictures clearly show what you need to do.