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Creating Adjustable Bracelets

Need to create an adjustable bracelet? Join Allie in this Better Beader as she gives suggestions on how to make bracelets adjustable. Get ideas and share your own in the comments!

Episode Transcript


Adjustable bracelets are a versatile and stylish accessory that can be easily customized to fit any wrist size. In this Better Beader episode from Potomac Beads, we'll learn how to create a stunning adjustable bracelet using simple techniques and beautiful beads. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced beader, this step-by-step guide will help you recreate this project with ease.

Materials Needed

  • Beading cord (49 strand, 0.018 inch thickness)
  • GS Hypo Cement
  • Macrame board
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Beads of your choice (e.g., 8mm round beads, 6mm round beads, 3-4mm spacer beads)
  • Charms or pendants (optional)

Step-by-Step Tutorial

  1. Cut a length of beading cord approximately 30-36 inches long.
  2. Fold the cord in half and tie an overhand knot, leaving a loop about 1.5-2 inches long. This loop will be used to adjust the bracelet size.
  3. Secure the knot to your macrame board using tape.
  4. Begin adding beads to both strands of the cord, starting with a larger bead (e.g., 8mm round) followed by a spacer bead.
  5. Continue adding beads in your desired pattern, alternating between larger beads and spacer beads.
  6. Tip: Create a symmetrical design by mirroring the bead pattern on both sides of the bracelet.
  7. Optional: Add charms or pendants to the center of the bracelet for a personalized touch.
  8. Once you've reached your desired length (typically 6-7 inches), tie an overhand knot with both cords to secure the beads in place.
  9. Apply a small amount of GS Hypo Cement to the knot for added durability. Allow the glue to dry completely.
  10. Trim the excess cord, leaving about 1/4 inch tail.

Customization Ideas & Inspiration

The beauty of adjustable bracelets lies in their versatility. Here are a few ideas to customize your bracelet:

  • Experiment with different bead sizes, shapes, and colors to create a unique look.
  • Mix and match beads from different materials, such as glass, wood, or semi-precious stones.
  • Create a monochromatic bracelet using shades of the same color for a cohesive look.
  • Add letter beads or charms to spell out a name or meaningful word.
  • Incorporate seed beads or crystals for added sparkle and texture.


Creating adjustable bracelets is a fun and rewarding project that allows you to express your personal style. By following the steps outlined in this Better Beader episode, you'll be able to craft a beautiful bracelet that fits perfectly every time. Don't be afraid to experiment with different bead combinations and designs to make the project truly your own. Share your creations with us in the comments below, and feel free to ask any questions you may have. Happy beading!

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