When it comes time to buy a bracelet, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement and just not know where to start. There are so many styles of bracelets available that it's hard to keep track of them all at once. Bracelet making kit prices can vary quite a bit as well, so it's important to understand exactly what you're looking for before you go shopping. Bracelet-making kits aren't usually cheap, but they are more than worth the price if you ever get the chance to design your own bracelet. Here are some tips to help you find the right one for you:
If you can't find a bridal or novelty bracelet-making kit that you like at your local craft store, you might consider checking out a reputable online retailer. Here, you'll be able to browse thousands of products in a very short period of time, and you'll be able to compare each price against other items. Many people end up purchasing multiple products from the same online retailer to build a larger bracelet collection. Bracelet kits can also be found through craft stores and department stores, but they are usually more expensive.
You might consider purchasing a mega bracelets pack instead of a single bracelet kit. A mega pack is basically a bundle of everything you need to make five to ten bracelets at once. Some retailers sell these kits at a discount, and you can often find them sold as a combo package with other items. When buying a mega pack, it's always best to try several different brands and models before deciding which one you like best. Amazon is also popular for selling these mega-pack bracelets.
Along with the bracelet-making kit, you should also purchase a string or shoelace set. The string is what will tie the bracelet together. Most people choose a four-strand or five-strand stretchy cord to use because it's easy to cut, and it creates a nice, strong loop for the bracelet to hang from. You will also want a bead or two to use as seed beads, and this is where the fun comes in!
You might also want to consider purchasing a friendship bracelet maker. This will make it much easier to create handmade bracelets. These kits usually include the bobbins for the bracelet and some instructions so you can create beautiful bracelets without a problem. Some kits also come with some seed beads and safety tips for the beginner-beading beginner. If you don't have a kit, there are several ways you can make your own beads using a hot glue gun, or you can even make unique beaded necklaces.
You will need to purchase some bead glue if you plan on attaching your beads to your necklace, earrings, or other jewelry. I would highly recommend super new glue; it's cheap and will never damage your jewelry. You will also need a hot glue gun (I would also suggest you get a glue gun that is safe for your home), a knot tool, a jewelry swivel, and a cutter. This will allow you to cut any kind of bead to suit your style and personalize your beaded piece.
Once your kit arrives, you should carefully read the directions and be sure to follow them carefully. There are some things you must do to properly prepare your bracelet before you begin. Start by adding the seed beads to the kit, and then attach them to the clasps on your jewelry. Follow the instructions carefully to get the hang of the kit before you start creating your own homemade charms.
Now that your kit is ready, you can start making your own handmade friendship bracelets. String the beads onto the clasps, starting with the ends. If you have no idea how to tie a string, I would highly recommend buying a few beginner's tips to help you. Once you get the hang of it, you can start adding other types of beads, such as gemstones or leaves.