When I was a little girl, I used to love making jewelry. I would buy tons of beads, string and clasps and carry around my jewelry making kit in a little train case wherever I went. I even used to “sell” my pieces to family members for a whopping one dollar. So last weekend, as I was wondering around Coolidge Corner and I stumbled upon a small bead shop tucked away on the corner of Beacon Street, I was immediately entranced. My inner child came out to play and within minutes of walking through the door of The Pear Tree, I began planning at least ten different necklaces and bracelets I wanted to make.
I examined just about every bead in the store, trying to decide which would be best for each project I wanted to do. However, after careful selection and a few different color combinations, I found exactly what I was looking for. The best part about The Pear Tree is that I was able to do just about everything on my own and when I hit a snag or needed a little help, I reached out to the staff for help. Everyone was knowledgeable and friendly and easy to help. I am quite independent and wanted to complete my projects on my own, but for a small fee the staff can finish off your necklace for you if you’re not sure what to do and would prefer someone with experience finish the job.
Below is a little Beaded Bracelet DIY I assembled based on a beaded bracelet I made while at the shop.
- Measure your wrist and determine the length of your bracelet (average length should be 6-8 inches).
- Cut your round rubber string to the desired length, leaving a few extra inches on each end to work with.
- Choose your beads and arrange them on a bead design board in your desired layout.
- Begin to string your beads onto the string in the order you laid them out on the design board.
- Continue to string the beads until they have all been added.
- Gently add a small knot to the end of the string and measure the bracelet on your wrist to make sure it is the right size. Add or remove beads as needed.
- One the bracelet is the correct size, tie the string into a strong knot.
- Add a few drops of super glue to keep the knot in place and let dry.
- Trim the ends of the string so that the knot is barely visible.
The Pear Tree is located at 1298 Beacon St, Brookline, MA.