Many people have a drawer in a jewelry box full of broken or outdated accessories. Often this collection includes watches that are no longer wearable because the watch component outlives the watchband. When it comes to replacing the broken band on your watch, it is not necessary to purchase one from a store or jeweler when you can create one yourself. When you follow these simple steps, you can create your own one of a kind band to get your watch out of the drawer and back on your wrist.
Before you can begin constructing your beaded watchband, it is necessary to collect the needed materials first. You will need:
- side cutters
- chain nose pliers
- flat nose pliers
- watch face
- choice of beads
- nylon wire
- 1 silver clasp
- silver jump rings
- silver crimp beads
- silver 3 to 1 dividers
- silver divider bar
Once you have gathered all of your materials, the first step is to cut a length of wire for the beads. Cut the wire longer than your desired finished length. Thread this wire through the band hole on the watch. Pull the wire ends together so that the middle of the wire is at the watch. Insert both open ends of the wire into one of the crimping beads. Slide the bead all of the way to the watch and crimp it shut. Repeat this with another piece of wire through the same hole in the watch end. Once you have the second wire crimped, cut off one of the lines as close to the crimp bead as possible.
Start with the center wire and thread on half of the beads needed to complete the beaded band. It is recommended that you use thicker beads in the center and smaller beads on the outside wires. Once you have a length of beads on the center wire, begin putting your beads onto the side wires. After you have created about one-half of the length of your band and your beads are at the same length from the clock, thread the spacer bar onto the beaded wires being careful to keep them untangled. Continue to add beads to the band until the desired length of band is reached. Keep in mind that there will be an exact band constructed for the other side.
Slide a crimp onto one wire and then through one of the holes on the three-way divider. Run the wire back through the crimp again, tighten the wire to the divider and crimp the line down with the pliers. Snip off the excess wire. Repeat this process with the other wires until you have all three wires attached to the divider. This entire process will be repeated on the other side of the watch.
The last step is to attach the closing clasp with the jump rings. Open the ring and thread the end of the divider and the connector from the clasp onto it. Using two pliers, close the ring back up to complete the band.