Besties Bracelets Instructions Designed by Cheri Carlson
Best friends are always coming up with secret ways to communicate with each other. Why not try it with jewelry? These bracelets feature Morse code messages within the bead pattern. Use them to spell out names of friends, fun phrases and other words to add some personality to your style. This is a great project for moms and daughters to do together!
Step one: Choose what word, name or phrase you want to spell out and use our Morse code translator tool below to translate it into Morse code.
Step two: To make a bracelet in this style spelling out your own chosen phrase, choose Miyuki 11/0 Delica seed beads in three different colors. You will need a background color, a dot color and a dash color. Use Miyuki 11/0 metallic galvanized silver Delicas between the dots and dashes. Use one bead for a dot, two beads for a dash and three beads in the background color between each letter. Use five or more beads in the background color between words. Begin your bracelet and end it with the background color, as well.
Step three: We have created a PDF worksheet for calculating how many beads you will need for your bracelet, including the message spacers, and background color. Measure your wrist and subtract half of an inch. Multiply this measurement by 20 (there are about 20 11/0 Miyuki Delicas in one inch). This is the total number of beads you will need for the bracelet.
Step four: We have provided space on the worksheet above for you to sketch the layout of your bracelet, including the message, silver spacers, and background beads between the letters and words. You don't need to include the background beads before and after the message. See our sample PDF worksheet as a reference on how to do this.
Step five: Count the number of the beads you sketched out within the message, including the silver beads and the background beads. Subtract this number of beads from the total amount needed for the bracelet and then split this number in half. That's how many beads you will need for the beginning and end of your bracelet. You can use the worksheet to calculate these totals. Make sure to take a look at our filled out sample worksheet if you need more help.
Step six: Now you're ready to start making the bracelet. Remove all of the Griffin No. 7 silk bead cord in the color of your choice from the card. If you want to avoid kinked cord, iron your cord before you make the bracelet. Tie a knot about one inch from the end of the cord (the end without a needle attached).
Step seven: Thread one seed bead in the background color onto the cord, followed by a sterling silver 2x2mm twisted crimp tube. Tie another knot in the cord about two inches or more away from the first knot. Make sure the bead and crimp that you added are between the two knots.
Step eight: String the pattern for your bracelet onto the cord, starting with the background color number you calculated in step five, your message and then the background color again. Tie another knot up close to the last bead added.
Step nine: Thread the needle attached to the cord back up through the crimp tube. Cinch the crimp tube up to the two knots at both ends of the beaded section. Add one last bead in the background color for the tail and make another knot to match the same length of the first side of the bracelet. Trim both tails to the same length and twist to create a frayed look if desired. Repeat these steps to make as many Morse Code bracelets as you want!