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Beaded watchband

String an elegant watchband of pearls and crystals

Watch faces have become widely available at reasonable prices, so now’s the time to take advantage of the many styles and shapes you can buy. Stringing your own watchband gives you complete control over colors, materials, and sizes, making watches an easy item to coordinate with your wardrobe.

I have a variety of casual watches – some made, some purchased – but needed something for a dressier occasion. I chose iridescent pearls, sparkling crystals, and a simple, open design to give this watchband the right amount of polish for a special night out.

Read the project instructions below, or click here to download the free project PDF.


  • 16-in. (41cm) strand 5mm rice-shaped pearls
  • 10 8 x 5mm button-shaped faceted crystals
  • 4 6 x 4mm oval-shaped faceted crystals
  • 4 3mm round silver beads
  • 2 crimp beads
  • watch face
  • toggle clasp
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
Beaded watchband 1
Step 1
1. Cut 12 in. (30cm) of beading wire. String two pearls, an 8mm crystal, two pearls, and the watch face. Repeat the bead pattern on the other side.
Beaded watchband 2 3
Steps 2 and 3

2. String a 6mm crystal on one wire end. Pass the other wire through the crystal in the opposite direction. Tighten the wire to form the first circle.

3. String pearls and crystals as shown in step 1. Complete the second circle as in step 2.

Beaded watchband 4
Step 4
4. String two pearls on each wire end. String an 8mm crystal, a 3mm silver bead, a crimp bead, a 3mm silver bead, and half the clasp over both wires. Take both wires back through the last three beads.
Beaded watchband 5
Step 5
5. Tighten the wire, leaving a small loop around the clasp. To crimp the crimp bead, grab the crimp with chainnose pliers as shown. Squeeze the pliers firmly to flatten the crimp. Tug the wire tail to make sure the crimp is secure, then trim the excess wire. 
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