Warm weather is here, so why not add a little bling to your ankle?! Wearing an anklet will naturally draw the eye down and point out your fabulous new spring/summer pedicure (without you having to tell people!!). They might even compliment you on your awesome new anklet. 🙂
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to use bead tips, crimps, wire, and a chain extender to make a simple ankle bracelet.
- Cutter or side cutter
- Chain-nose pliers (long and/or regular)
- Round-nose pliers
- wire (or thread)
- small beads
- 9 x 5mm (Cl9AS)
- (2) 3mm bead tips (BT3AS)
- (2) 4mm, 21ga jump rings (JR421AS)
- (2) 2 x 2 crimp tubes (CrAS)…not shown (or 2 seed beads)
- small charm (ChrmMS350)
- (1) 3mm, 22ga jump ring (JR322AS)…not shown
- 1 1/2″ 4mm curb chain (ChAS003)
- 1 1/2″, 24ga headpin (HP24AS)
- *last 4 items are optional
I used 49 Strand Accu-flex beading wire for this anklet; however, you can also use beading thread or something like Fireline if you prefer. Take the wire or thread and run it around your ankle to find the correct size, then add a few inches for a little extra to work with (make it longer if you’re using thread). Cut it to the length you need. I ended up using about 11 inches of wire.
If you’re using beading wire, take a crimp tube and crimp it toward the end of the wire (please Google how to crimp if you don’t know how…I may add a tutorial later). Make sure the crimp is on securely. If you’re using thread, instead of a crimp tube, tie a small seed bead in a knot at the end of the thread. Place the crimp or seed bead in one of the bead tips and fold the bead tip closed.
Take a 4mm, 21ga jump ring, add the lobster clasp to it, and then add it to the loop in the bead tip.
Now you can start adding your small beads to the wire or thread. I used 2mm red and turquoise mother-of-pearl beads, but you can use seed beads, Swarovski crystal bicones, freshwater pearls, or whatever you like.
If you’d like to add a charm to the center of your anklet, then you need to measure the midway point. My ankle is about 9″ around, so I placed the charm at about 4 1/2″ in from the tip of the lobster clasp. Use the 3mm, 22ga jump ring to hang the charm on. Please note that I used the smaller jump ring so the charm wouldn’t slide around over the other beads.
Continue adding beads after you have the charm strung on. Make sure you take into account the length of the other bead tip and jump ring at the end of the anklet when measuring how many beads to put on. Once you have the right length of beads on, add the second crimp fairly close to the last bead, then fold the bead tip over the crimp. For thread, tie another small seed bead on in lieu of the crimp.
At this point you can either add the other 4mm jump ring and be done, or you can add an adjustable chain. To add a little detail, take a bead similar to what you used in the anklet, add it to the headpin, and create a wrapped loop around one end of the curb chain (I plan on adding a tutorial on creating wrapped loops soon). Then add the last 4mm jump ring around the other end of the chain and the bead tip loop. Done!! ♥