The following article reveals a step-by-step guide to making a multi-purpose transformer bracelet that can be used both as a necklace and as an element of interior décor.
- crinoline mesh tubing of 8 mm in diameter that is a bit longer than the double-length of the bracelet;
- pearls and beads of any size not exceeding the diameter of the mesh tubing;
- 1 clasp and 1 cap of 5-7 mm in diameter;
- 3 jump rings of 5mm in diameter and 2 headpins. The length of one headpin exceeds the size of the central bead by 1 cm, the other headpin is 1.5 cm shorter.
Tools: scissors, round-nose pliers, flat-nose pliers, wire cutters.
Needle and fishing line; 0.2 mm diameter fishing line has been used in this guide. You can take any kind of needle even a sewing one, as long as the fishing line fits through the needle’s eye. How to thread a needle with a fishing line.
Lighter to melt the ends of the mesh tubing.
How to make a transformer bracelet
Insert the jump ring in the clasp and thread the mesh through the jump ring. Adjust the clasp right down onto the middle of the mesh tubing.
Pour beads into one end of the mesh tubing filling the half length of the bracelet.
This process involves several stages. Fill a few inches (2-3 cm) of the mesh tubing with beads and compress it like a spring.
Then do the opposite and stretch the mesh tubing slightly.
Repeat this procedure several times (3-4 will be enough) in order to spread the beads/pearls inside the mesh tubing evenly.
It is done! Take the other end and keep the mesh tubing suspended. Now fill it with beads. A tiny funnel can make the task easier.
Remember to compress and stretch the mesh tubing while filling the other end with beads to ensure the beads are distributed evenly. The first end serves as a benchmark.
Having filled the mesh tubing along the entire length, trim off the excess. Squish the end leaving 3-4 mm of extra mesh, then cut.
Still squishing the end of the mesh tubing, singe it right away. Watch your fingers!
The mesh does not blaze up in the split second, but it is quite fusable and lights up in a few seconds. Keep your eyes open! I fuse the mesh in several stages holding it not too close to the fire. Just singe a little, put out the flame and squish the melted edges with your fingers. I kept burning myself at first, but then I got hand of it. If you don’t hurry, you won’t burn yourself.
Even if you turn the mesh tubing upside down, nothing will pour out.
Take a needle and a fishing line. Start seaming underneath one of the ends, i.e. run the needle through one of the ends on the inside. In order to make the seam tighter I hook on one of the inside beads and run the needle through it.
Not tightening the loop knot completely, run backwards through other mesh holes.
Run the needle through the loop of the fishing line, and then tighten the knot.
Attach the headpin to the fishing line.
Run the needle through the second part of the bracelet.
Stitch the ends in and out, each time inserting the needle into a different mesh hole. I’ve done this 3-4 times.
Then just wind the fishing line tightly.
Note that it can slip or unwind. So make sure it doesn’t come loose. Having wound the fishing line round, sew the ends together.
Tighten the knot and melt.
Put on the cap.
Use flat-nose pliers to fold the pin at a 90-degree angle.
As a rule, the excess of mesh tubing is cut off at 8 mm away from the crease line. However, I attach the clasp to the pin at once, so I cut off a piece that is a bit longer (about 1 cm).
Use round-nose pliers to tighten the ring and remember to attach the other part of the clasp to this ring in the process.
Simple as that! Our bracelet is ready. I hope you’ll find this article useful.