Beaded Purse Straps

Design Idea LA58 Purse
by Barbara van Look, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Jewelry-making techniques embellish everything--even bags and purses. Why not decorate the straps and handles, too? It’s an easy way to customize and refresh any style for truly unique pieces.

Memory Wire

Memory wire, with its permanent curl, is an ideal material for round purse handles. Personalize them for even more style.
  • Cord
    • Colorful rubber cord is designed to slide over memory wire, creating a comfortable and attractive grip for casual looks.
    • Touchable velveteen cord is ideal for elegant, upscale designs.
  • Oh! Rings
    • String them over rubber cord (larger diameters) or straight over memory wire (smaller diameters) for a colorful, comfortable handle. Add a few jump rings for metallic shine.
  • Beads
    • String beads on and remember someone must grip this, so make it comfortable. Heishi and long tube beads work, as do super-large, smooth rondelles. For sparkle, the slightly softer profile of Czech fire-polished beads will be more comfortable than crisper-edged options.
    • Design Idea 0097 Purses

Channel your inner warrior queen with chainmaille purse handles and straps using full Persian and Byzantine weaves.

Design Idea A35W Chainmaille Purse
  • Oh! Ring™ Components
    • Mix with jump rings to add stretch and color to weaves. We recommend using aluminum or stainless steel for their resistance to rust and oxidation. Plus, aluminum jump rings come in so many fun colors!
  • Czech pressed glass rings
    • These colorful glass beads are best for upscale and formal designs, as they can break under repeated shocks. But they do add marvelous color and iridescence!
  • Donuts
    • Intersperse sections of chainmaille with gemstone, glass or shell donuts.
    Design Idea DC1T Chainmaille Purse
  • Chainmaille weaves
    • Turkish roundmaille is a more complex creation, like the Byzantine weave. It's ideal for mixing smooth, twisted rings or colorful rings.
    • Twisted 3-in-3 chain is a simpler weave that works well with Oh! Rings, as it alternates evenly.
    • Box chain weave creates a slightly squared-off length of maille.
Braiding and Knotting

Braiding and knotting techniques make intricate handles for boho-style purses.
  • Kumihimo and Macramé
    • Use your choice of satin, leather or cotton cord to make spiral, flat and square braids.
    • Braid and knot with beads to add interest or without for a clean finish.
Beaded Purse Straps


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