Fashionable Stretch Jewelry?

January 5, 2009 § 10 Comments

I’ll admit it…there was a time when elastic jewelry conjured images of young girls and plastic beads. Times have changed, and so has elastic jewelry.

Stretch jewelry, as it is now referred to, has stepped into the limelight once again, and this time with a flash! The materials used to create stretch jewelry are less obvious. No white elastic string here! The cords vary in size and colors, and come in transparent as well.

Easy to slip into or out of, stretch bracelets slip into and out of popularity frequently, always as costume jewelry. There is, however, one area where costume jewelry and bridge jewelry are intertwined.

Jewelry for those with special requirements of their jewelry. They may have one of many issues that makes wearing jewelry difficult, but still choose to wear it. I am repairing two bracelets with a newer stretch material (I’m hoping this works well for her). This is only one way I’ve learned to consider the needs of our customers. I’m grateful for the lessons.


§ 10 Responses to Fashionable Stretch Jewelry?

  • ChezChani says:

    I’ve wanted to make stretch bracelets. Bought some stretch magic, brought it home, and never saw it again. (I think I must have thrown it out, or it’s with the missing socks from my dryer.) I’ve also heard about gossamer floss for this sort of thing. I might have to give it a whirl sometime though I’m not sure stretchiness works with peyote stitch…

  • Wilma says:

    Would be interested in what your ideas are as I just bought some stretch magic, but don’t quite know how to use it properly. Its been sitting here for almost a year, so suggestions would be great!


  • Jill Milan says:


    Just a note to let you know I’ve nominated you for the Lemonade Award


  • Sara Whenner says:

    Yea, I’m in the same boat. I’ve seen some stretch jewelry that didn’t look too hard to make, but I didn’t even know where to start.

  • Wilma says:

    Sara keep me posted on what you do find and how to put it together. There has to be something out there about stretch jewelry!!!!


  • Kim Paluch says:

    Sorry it took me so long to post. I will be putting together a post on finding the right materials to work with…especially difficult when working with stretch jewelry. But the simple answer is to feel what each feels like. I’m looking for specific answers and info, but my current practice (buy it and try it) does answer questions.

    Making jewelry with it requires several bits of information. One is size without stretching, the other is size when stretched. Jelly cord seems to stretch the most. Most of these require knotting and slipping is a problem.

    Larger beads and pieces of metal will do well on the style of material you refer to as stretch magic and other brand names. Any metal pieces need to be filed neatly so the material doesn’t snag. The stretchier the material, the more often it will need to be re-strung.

    With jelly cord (which stretches enough for my customer to have it over her hand readily enough) the hardest problem is knotting it. Surgeons knots work best so far. Other materials were not stretchy enough to fit her well, though they would hold well with surgeon’s knots as well.

    Do not crimp stretch-type materials. This can easily cause a break.

    And good luck to everyone!

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  • Nice sara great effort.thanks to u

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