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Seed Bead Ladder Cuff Bracelets

About this design:

I love working with seed beads and trying out new color combinations, so these cuff bracelets are perfect for doing just that! They're very simple to make- you just need wire & seed beads. I used thicker wire to make the cuff, and then you just slide on the seed bead links.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • Wire (20 gauge & 24 gauge)
  • Seed Beads
  • Chain
  • Jump Rings
  • Lobster Clasp
  • Round Nose Pliers

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Begin with two pieces of 20 gauge wire- gently bend the wire around your wrist to achieve your desired length. With round nose pliers, make a loop on one end of each piece of wire. (You're essentially making two long bead links).
Step 2:
Next, make bead links with your seed beads- any size will work, but they all have to be the same length. I used 15/0 & 8/0 sizes. I made 30 links, but the amount you make depends on the length of the bracelet.
Step 3:
Slide two 8/0 seed beads onto each wire, and then slide on the bead link. Continue all the way around the bracelet.
Step 4:
To finish, make a loop at the end with the round nose pliers. You can either leave the bracelet as is- I found that it didn't slip around while wearing it, but if you want it to feel more secure, you can attach some chain & a clasp.
Step 5:
To make the smaller bracelet I began my making tiny coils with the colorful wire. I found it easiest to do this on the tip of the round nose pliers.
Step 6:
Slide the coils & seed beads onto a piece of 20 gauge wire.
Step 7:
To finish, use jump rings to attach chain & a clasp.

Buy Products from this Design

Satin Hamilton Gold (plated) Half Flat Delicate Cable Chain

Measurements: 4x2.5mm links

per foot: $1.40
2.5" tube $1.20

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Measurements: 1mm hole/18 gauge

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Very creative clasp on the ladder bracelet. It could also be made adjustable by adding a short length of chain to one side. My favorite take away are those colorful wire coils added to the seed bead design. Cool!

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    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Very fun designs Elaina. I agree with Fresh Baked about the coils.

  3. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    These are fabulous and easy! Love those wire coils also!

  4. kye
    kye says:

    Oooh! These are so fun. The cuffs look great stacked. Those coils on the single strand bracelet are fantastic! What a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration Elaina. :)

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    psdejesu45 says:

    Has anyone made this bracelet using memory wire? It just seems it would keep its shape better. Looks like using 20 ga. wire it would fall off your wrist unless you used the chain & lobster claw. Comments or suggestions from someone who has made it please.

  6. Crystal Canary
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