How to Create Beaded Spacers for Multi-strand Bracelets

It’s me again, Keri Dudas and it’s time for my diy jewelry making! For our project today I’ll teach you how to create beaded spacers that you can use for multi-strand bracelets 🙂

I enjoy making multi-stranded bracelets, however, I’ve the worst time finding spacer bars for the projects that I’m working on that I don’t have to order online. I also have a hard time finding spacer beads that match the design I wish to create. So I decided to take matters into my own hands and start making my own.

Let’s first create the bead spacers with monofilament string, 11/0 seed beads and 4mm beads.  Using 2-Needle Right Angle Weave let’s start to weave.

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Step 1:
Cut 30cms of monofilament from the spool. String on one 4mm, one 11/0, one 4mm, one 11/0, one 4mm, one 11/0 one 4mm and cross both threads through an 11/0.

Step 2:
On both sides, string on one 4mm, one 11/0 and one 4mm; cross both thread through an 11/0. Repeat this step once more.

Step 3:
Run your thread back through your work until you reach the other side. Tie off your threads and hide the excess in your work; trim what’s left.

Repeat steps one through three until you have about 6-8 spacer bars made. You will be using them to create your bracelet. You can add more rows as needed for additional strands or only make single unit ones in for a singular stranded project.

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Now, use your beaded spacer bars the same way with metal spacer bars for multi-strand bracelets. Prepare 7-strand beadalon silver wire, 8mm beads, 6mm beads , crimp beads or tubes, Jump Rings, 3-Stranded Clasp and wire guardians.

Step 4:
Cut three pieces of wire, 8.5ins in length. Taking one of your wires, thread on a crimp bead and a wire guardian; slip it over one of the rings of the 3-stranded clasp, follow it through the other end of the guardian and back through the crimp. Tighten and crimp. Remember, use the back hole first, turn your wrist 90o and then use the front hole to create the ‘butt’ shape.

Step 5:
Add on one 8mm bead, one 6mm bead, one 8mm bead, and a spacer and repeat until you have an inch and a half of wire left on all three strands.

Step 6:
Add a crimp bead to the end of a strand, add a wire guardian. Attach it to the 3-strand clasp, bring the wire down through the guardian and back through the crimp and the next bead in the row. Tighten, crimp and trim the excess. Repeat twice more.

Your bracelet is finished! Hope you enjoyed the tutorial 🙂

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Sky Aldovino

I am a self-taught beadweaver who loves to learn and share her knowledge on jewelry making through blogging and published tutorials you'll find at DIY Beading Club.com

    2 Comments On “How to Create Beaded Spacers for Multi-strand Bracelets”

    1. This is a very well thought out and written tutorial.

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    2. This is a well thought out and wonderfully written tutorial

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