We love making jewelry with stretch elastic! It’s a great way to make a beaded ring. We designed this Beaded Stretch Ring with a Black Spinel faceted coin bead as the center focal bead. Then we flanked it with teal crystals and Garnet gemstones. We finished with a band of gold-plated seed beads. So pretty!
In this video, we’ll show you how to use a beading needle to string the beads onto the stretch elastic. We’ll share how to make the ring more secure by double threading it. Then we’ll show you how to tie a secure knot. Follow along, then use the steps below to make your own Beaded Stretch Ring!
Video How-to: Beaded Stretch Ring
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How To Make A Beaded Stretch Ring
30-40 Delica seed beads, gold-plated, size 11/0
1 Faceted coin bead, Black Spinel, 6mm
2 Faceted rondelle beads, teal crystal, 2mmx3mm
2 Faceted rondelle gemstones, Garnet, 2mm
10″ Elastic beading cord, .5mm width
1. Start by figuring out your ring size. To do this, wrap a thin strip of paper around your finger and trim it so it fits end to end exactly around your finger. Lay the strip of paper out flat to use as a guide.
2. Cut a 10″ piece of the elastic beading cord and fold a piece of masking tape over one end. This will keep the beads from sliding off.
3. Feed the other end of the elastic cord into the eye of the beading needle to thread it. (We love using a beading needle for a project like this, but you can actually make it without a beading needle because the elastic cording has a good amount of body to it.)
4. Feed a Garnet bead, a teal crystal, the Spinel bead, a teal crystal and a Garnet onto the cording.
Then feed on most of the gold seed beads.
5. Hold the beaded strand up to the strip of paper to see if it’s long enough. Add or subtract gold seed beads until the beaded section of the cord is the same length as the strip of paper.
6. Remove the masking tape and remove a Garnet and teal crystal from one end of the cord. Replace the masking tape.
Add the Garnet and teal crystal to the other end of the beaded cord. This will make sure the knot is tied next to the largest bead, the Spinel coin, so we can hide it.
7. Circle the beaded elastic strand around to form a ring shape.
Then use the beading needle to feed the elastic through all of the beads a second time. Keep a 2″ tail unbeaded at the tape end to use for the knot later.
8. After you have gone through all the beads with the elastic cord a second time, remove the tape. Gently pull the elastic ends to tighten the ring and remove any gaps between the beads. Tie the two ends of the elastic together.
9. To make the knot more secure, tie the ends together again. But this time wrap one end around and through the loop a second time. Gently pull the ends tight.
10. Finally, tie the ends together one more time. Gently pull the ends tight to finish the knot. Trim the ends to ¼”.
11. Add a dab of clear nail polish or jeweler’s glue to the knot. Slide the Spinel coin bead over the knot to hide it. Let the glue dry before wearing the ring.
To wear your Beaded Stretch Ring, roll it, rather than stretching it, onto your finger. We think this would be a fun design to make in different gemstones and then wear as a stacking set of rings. If you have any questions about this or any jewelry project, post a comment and we’ll reply.
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Jennifer & Kitty