If you read here often, you know my affinity for bracelets. I have been on a bit of a jewelry-withdrawal lately, so I figured I was due for a new bracelet. ;) This is a fun one just in time to go with your holiday sparkles because it has a bit of shine.
I got most of my supplies from consumercrafts.com. (They have some amazing sales coming up this weekend – I blogged about them here!)
What you will need:
- Hemp or Cotton twine – I used a black waxed linen
- Beads you love – I used not quite 2 strands of 6x8mm silver crystal rondelle beads
- Needle and thread
- Button for your closure
- Optional but helpful – clipboard to hold your bracelet while you work.
Cut 48″ of cord. You won’t need it quite that long, but trust me, it’s SO much easier to work when you have a little bit of extra length. Thread your needle. You’ll want to double up your thread for strength. You will have to add new thread at a point (or two) while you’re working, so just use whatever length you can comfortably work with. Too much, and it tends to tangle.
Double your cord. Tie an overhand knot in the loop end to make one end of your button closure. Check it against the size of the button to make sure it will fit.
Now, secure your cord somehow. I like to clip it to my clipboard to hold it steady while I work, but it’s up to you. Tie the tail-end of your thread to one of the sides. You want to give it a nice and secure start by threading it toward the right – over the left side of the cord, then under the right side. Then, work your way back to the left, over the right and under the left cord. It’s weaving back and forth in a figure 8 pattern. There’s not enough contrast for a photo to show you effectively, but you’ll be using the same motion throughout the bracelet, and I’ll show you photos when you begin adding beads.
To add your first bead, begin moving to the right – go over the left strand, and thread on a bead. Then pass your thread under the right strand.
Now, work in the other direction, moving left. Go over your right strand, pass your thread through the bead, and go under your left cord.
Just continue this motion. Each time you pass to the right, add a bead between your two cords. Each time you pass left, thread it back through the bead hole. Keep your threat taut as you work. Your beads should line right up, secured between the two cords.
At some point (or 2 or 3 points), you will run out of thread.
Just trim it off, thread a new length of thread onto your needle, and tie the two ends together with an overhand knot.
Check your length periodically against your wrist. If you run out of length on your clipboard, just go ahead and move it up.
When you like the length, stop adding beads and weave a few figure 8’s around the two cords.
Tie an overhand knot to secure the end and then add your button closure. I find it works best to thread your cords up from the bottom side of the button, over the top, and back down to the bottom. (If you have a 2-hole button, you would only do this with one of your cords.)
Then, knot it underneath. I like to add a dot of glue to help secure it, but that’s optional.
And you have a finished bracelet! You can adapt the length on this bracelet to accommodate any number of wraps: single, three, four – it’s up to you! You’ll want about 20″ (10″ once doubled) of twine for each wrap you’re planning to bead.