Beaded Cuff Bracelet Instructions
Instructions on using Lacy's Stiff Stuff and deerskin when making a cuff bracelet:
Today we're going to talk about making a Cuff Bracelet using the following materials:
1. 1" wide aluminum, copper or brass cuff blank. (We sell these under supplies and can even make custom sizes!)
2. Lacy's Stiff Stuff (We also sell this under supplies.)
3. Cabochon(s) of your choice
4. Seed beads in your choice of size and colors; I use mainly size 11 seed beads but also use quite a few size 15. Remember the bigger the size number, the smaller the bead!
5. Beading needle. Make sure it is a needle made for doing beadwork; regular sewing needles are just too big to fit through seed beads, especially adding thread and going through the same bead several times! A good rule of thumb is to use a needle whose size number is the same as your beads...for example, size 11 beads can use a size 11 needle. I myself prefer to use a needle one size smaller than that; size 11 beads means a size 12 needle. Just personal preference....you may have to experiment with what you prefer.
6.Thread. I like Nymo thread; it is strong, comes in lots of pretty colors and doesn't tangle very easily. You could use Silamide thread if you prefer, just do not use regular sewing thread as it will fray, tangle and break on you......causing a headache that you just don't need, am I right? :)
7. Beeswax. This is for coating your thread. You just draw your thread over a cake of beeswax and it gives it a nice thin coat. This helps keep your thread from fraying and also helps keep it tangle free. You may have to re-coat your thread periodically as you are working. You could also use Thread Heaven, a product made specifically for coating bead thread. Again, personal preference. I like beeswax.
8. Leather for the backing. We use deer leather as it's very soft and strong, but you can use whatever you wish....deerskin, ultrasuede, even strong felts and fabrics!
9. Glue. I use E-6000 glue for almost everything, but you can use whatever glue you like. Just not Elmers School Glue or the like, lol.
10. A bead tray and mat. To be honest, I use an old cookie sheet, LOL! It has the side edges that keep my work contained on the tray and fits just right on my lap. You can try the cookie sheet tray or buy a special "bead tray".....totally up to you. I have been thinking of decoupaging my cookie sheet bead tray just to pretty it up. (and to play, lol) Now, the bead mat is something I find essential. It is a soft and slightly fuzzy piece of material that gives some cushion to the bead tray surface, keeps your beads from rolling around too much and really helps you pick up beads with your needle. I cannot work without one!