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Morse Code Bracelets

About this design:

For these bracelets, I used the International Morse Code chart to spell out words using seed beads. Spelling out meaningful words or phrases in your designs is always a great gift idea, and I love coming up with fun color combos using the seed beads!

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

Bead cord, chain, microsuede, leather cord, 24 gauge wire, 11/0 seed beads, cord ends, jump rings, lobster clasps, super glue

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Using the 24 gauge wire & seed beads, make a bead link. The bracelet shown in the picture spells out 'peace' in morse code. I used the purple seed beads to represent dots, pink to represent dashes, and I placed a gold seed bead as a spacer in-between each letter (In the additional images above, you'll find a morse code chart with letters and words). For this bracelet, I used leather cord. Slide the end of the microsuede through the loop of the bead link about 1/4". Wrap wire around the two pieces of microsuede to secure. Finish the ends with glue-in cord ends.
Step 2:
Another option is to use beading cord. Begin with your desired length of cord. Slide on the seed beads, tying a double knot on each side to hold them in place. I finished mine with a sliding square knot. The bracelet shown spells out 'hope'. I used orange seed beads for dots, blue for dashes, and a gold spacer in between each letter.
Step 3:
You can also pair the seed beads with chain. Make a bead link & attach to your desired length of chain with jump rings. For this design, I made a necklace by attaching two 6" pieces of chain to each side of the bead link. The necklace spells out 'strength'.

Buy Products from this Design

Satin Hamilton Gold (plated) Figaro Chain 2mm
per foot
Gold (plated) Stainless Steel Small Cable Chain

Measurements: 1.5mm x 1.0mm link

per foot
10 meter spool
2.5" tube

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Measurements: 0.6mm hole/22 gauge

92 yards

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Measurements: 92 yard bobbin

Only 3 left!

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Satin Hamilton Gold (plated) Flat Diamond Chain

Measurements: 4x3mm links

per foot

↳ Also available as: 25 ft spool

2.5" tube

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Measurements: 0.6mm hole/22 gauge

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    I saw pattern for these Morse Code bracelets several years ago and saved them. However, I never got around to making any. I do believe now is the time to start.

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    LauraO says:

    I made a Morse code necklace of pearls and cobalt beads with my kids initials, I wore it over the years to important events like their graduations.

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    LauraO says:

    Earrings to match, cultured sea glass beads, freshwater pearls, and glass ammonites.


  4. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Just watched a youtube video by VaniRex and he used Morse Code in a necklace he made. He makes very elaborate necklaces and lighter covers using Peyote stitch.
    I love your idea for the bracelets. What fun!
    LauraO – Your necklace is beautiful.

  5. kye
    kye says:

    Such a neat idea. Thanks for the instructions.

  6. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Elaina, thanks so much for posting the morse code letter chart. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while. Your bracelets are sweet and ‘speak’ without saying a word!

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    doglover72 says:

    I wondered if I could ask Alaina or any of you seasoned jewelry makers to help me by answering a question. I wanted to make some necklaces like these but I wanted the bar to be stiff and straight and not bend when people wear it. If I get a wire thin enough to go through my gemstone or seed beads it of course bends. If I hammer it to make it harder, it becomes too flat (and wide) to go through the holes. Before I buy a ton of stuff that doesn’t work, does anyone have a suggestion that would work for me? I wanted to use a precious metal of the ones I am making with real gemstones–at least gold filled or silver filled. I don’t know what to buy and how to make it happen. HELP!! Thanks!! Linda

  8. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Linda, in my experience, some of the tiny gemstones & seeds just have tiny (or even micro-tiny) holes. Often there is just no way around it. One idea might be to use a heavier gauge wire for the base core, and wrap (with a thinner gauge wire) the tiny beads around the core wire. You could also opt to use different gemstones with larger holes & up the core wire gauge. I run into this problem all the time & have to rethink a lot of projects beforehand to be sure it will work with hole sizes before I start. If anyone has a solution, I’ll check back….I’d love to hear any other ideas. I tried to upload a picture, but it didn’t take…..

  9. Stingray
    Stingray says:

    You could use something like the “Amoracast Sterling Silver Leaf Connector 32x8mm” and wire the micro gems into the leaves with a fine gauge. Otherwise, like CC said, wrap them onto a heavier gauge(18 or 16 minimum).

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