Time Required :
About 30 minutes
Intermediate
Intermediate
You're somewhat experienced with the skills necessary to complete this project, but you haven't mastered all the elements, yet.

natural agate stacked beaded stretch bracelets with metal stamped charm

Craft a special treat – for yourself or for someone you love – like these Natural Agate Beaded Stretch Bracelets. This DIY jewelry project is a cinch, with our step-by-step instructions. Read below and we’ll show you how to make ‘em, stack ‘em and go!
Step 1

You’ll start by metal stamping your charm. First, remove the charm’s jump ring and set it aside.

TIP: Here’s how to open and close a jump ring: Grasp the jump ring on both sides with pliers, and then twist the ring open from side to side. Never pull the jump ring’s edges straight apart, since that can distort its circular shape. We’ve got a quick video that’ll show you how, click here.  

Step 2

Next, use the Stamp Straight Tape™ to secure your charm to the steel block. Place one piece of tape across the charm’s top and a second one below. Be sure to leave enough room in between the two pieces of tape to stamp your letters.

TIP: Before you start metal stamping, use a ruler to find the center of the charm and mark it on one of the tape pieces. This will help you to center the stamped name (or word).

Step 3

When metal stamping a name (or word), start with the middle letter. Center the metal stamp letter on your charm, in between the two pieces of tape. Use your stamping hammer to strike the top of the stamp once or twice. Continue to stamp the remaining letters, working from the center letter outward.

TIP: If you’re right-handed, turn the charm and your letter upside-down to stamp the letters to the left of the center letter. If you’re left-handed, turn the charm and your letter upside-down to stamp the letters to the right of the center letter.

Step 4
Once all the letters have been stamped, apply a thin coat of black enamel on top. Let the enamel set for about 1-3 minutes and then wipe away the excess enamel with a paper towel. This will help your letters stand out from the rest of the metal charm.
Step 5
Next, thread the jump ring back onto the charm, close it and set the charm aside.
Step 6
To make the bracelets, cut three 10" lengths of Stretch Magic® jewelry cord and one 15" piece of wire.
Step 7
To make the tassel, carefully remove the packaging from the floss skein without disrupting the loops. Fold the skein in half over the center of one 10" stretch cord piece. Wrap the 15" piece of wire around the outside of the skein several times just below the fold. Twist the wire ends together at the back of the tassel; then tuck the ends back through the wrapped wire. Use your scissors to make an even cut across the skein, about 2" below the wire wrap.
Step 8

Now, thread your beads onto the remaining stretch cord on each side of the tassel.

TIP: The number of beads you’ll need for each bracelet will vary based on their size, so just measure against your own wrist as you work to make sure each strand of beads is long enough.

Step 9
Tie the Stretch Magic® into a tight surgeon’s knot and then tuck its ends back through the closest beads.
Step 10
Add a dab of bead stringing glue over the knot. Now, pull the ends tight, so the two closest beads press together tightly, hiding the knot. Trim the ends of the stretch cord; then set your bracelet aside to give the glue time to dry.
Step 11
To make the second bracelet, add half of your beads to the stretch cord, slide on your charm and then add the other half of your beads. Repeat Steps 9 and 10 to complete your second bracelet.
Step 12
To make your third bracelet, add a mix of beads that are left over from the first two bracelets (plus any beads you like that coordinate with the first two bracelets) to the third 10" stretch cord; then repeat Steps 9 and 10 to complete your third bracelet.

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