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Interchangeable Watch Bracelet Tutorial


All I know from my watch bracelet making, I owe to my dear friend Sarah. I called her one morning telling her that I wanted to visit the bead store so I could make a watch bracelet. I didn't have a clue of what to do, I was just going to get there and make one. Thankfully, Sarah knew exactly what I wanted and she taught me. I will share with you the knowledge that that was passed on to me. 

You will need the following: 


1 watch face: you can find them at the bead store or at your craft store. I also found this great online source, eWatchWholesale, I haven't purchase from them but the price seems fantastic. (Expect to pay around $14-$16 at a local store). The faces come in three sizes: small, medium and large. I have a medium sized one. My wrist is small--5.5 inches and the larger face didn't complement my small wrist.


2-3 connectors: these serve the purpose of keeping the two sides of the bracelet connected to each other. If you have a small to medium sized wrist, use 2, if you have a larger sized wrist, use 3. 


Beads: Enough to go around your wrist twice. I prefer to have more on hand than to end up short at the end. I prefer stones, glass beads and lampwork beads, but you can use whichever beads/pearls/stones you like, the sky is the limit--or in this case, the bead store inventory.


Elastic: There are various thickness of elastic available. I have a roll of 1mm and a roll of .75mm. The thicker the elastic the less flexible it is, however, I think it is stronger, whenever possible, I use this thickness. The aperture of some beads are quite small so you may need to use the .75mm instead. Elastic can be found at your local craft store or at the bead store.


Lobster Claws: 4 of them in a 12mm size. These can be found at the local craft store or bead store.

Clear nail polish: to secure the elastic (optional)

Desire to create: Have fun with the project, arrange the beads in different configurations and do not be afraid to mix colors and bead shapes. 

General Directions to Create Interchangeable Watch Bracelet

1. With the elastic, wrap loosely around your wrist three times. Cut the elastic at this point. You will use this piece of elastic to thread your beads.

2. Slide one  lobster claws through the elastic. Slide 3 smaller beads. Then slide another lobster claw. These three beads will hide the elastic that sits by solid bar of the watch face. The space from lobster claw to lobster claw should be the less or the same width as the solid bar of the watch.


At this point, pull gently on the elastic so you have the same length coming out of both sides of the lobster claws.

3. Now it is time to slide your beads for the bracelet. Place them in whatever arrangement you like best. I prefer to do both sides at the same time, so I slide some beads down one side of the elastic towards the lobster claw, then I slide some beads on the other side. Once they match about an inch of distance from the lobster claw, I slide one of the connectors in place. The connectors will keep your bracelet from dangling too much and also it will keep the weight of the bracelet from breaking the elastic.


4. After placing the connector, slide more beads down each elastic. Once you have about 2 inches of beads down each side of elastic, slide the other connector in place.


5. Once the second connector is in place, it is time to slide more beads down each of the elastics. You will need to match the same length as the other side, so you only need about 1 inch of beads. You can use the same beads as you did on the other side (by the lobster claws), or you can put a completely different configuration, whichever way you go, it will be beautiful.

6. Slide one of the lobster claws, be sure that it is facing the same direction as the previous two. Slide the three small beads that will rest along the solid bar of the watch. Slide the last lobster claw, making sure it is facing the same direction as the previous three. 


7. Grab both ends of the elastic. Make 2 square knots or any other knot that you know will hold the elastic securely. Place a small dab of clear coat nail polish to give it extra security.


8. Jump up and down in joy! Your watch bracelet is done! Attach it to your watch face using the lobster claws.

9. Run to the bead store and get more supplies to make another one.

10. Repeat from 1-9 :).


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Very nice, Isela! You have a very giving friend to pass on this great technique. Thank you so much for then passing it on to us. :) I'm definitely going to be trying some of these: the only thing I might change would be a flexible beading wire rather than the elastic, for a bit more durability. :)


Fabulous Isela! Very nice tutorial.

OK, now you can stop giving me ideas for more projects. I have my hands full at the moment, and your beaded watches are distracting me. ;)



Super fun! Thanks for posting that Isela <3 I love it! You can make a bunch of different ones and accessorize your watch to match your outfit ;) I'll definitely be trying this when I can pick up a watch face. Hugs!

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