Good morning! Well, I told you yesterday – I got into the hemp and the turquoise over the weekend and just never left, haha. So while today’s design is different you will certainly notice some similar elements to yesterday’s 10-minute Hemp Bracelet. Although to be fair… I am sure you can *always* notice similar elements in my designs. Hey – I like what I like! ;)
This is another great beginner’s bracelet. It makes up quickly and supplies are reasonable. And because some of these are kind of specialty pieces, I’m going to link to them here in case you are looking for the exact beads and findings I used, but I do want to let you know – these are NOT affiliate links and I don’t get anything if you decide to place an order – I’m just anticipating the “where did you find that?” question that you guys love to ask! ;)
What you will need:
- (Optional) A focal bead. This is the pewter connector in the middle. A shell would also be lovely here – or you can also go without and just knot the whole thing. I just wanted to add something more than the glass and bone beads.
- 36-lb hemp. I’ve mentioned before, I LOVE this variety pack of hemp with all different thicknesses. You need about 48″ for this project.
- Beads you love with large holes. I used a blend of glass crow beads and bone beads.
- Glue-on end caps and jewelry glue.
First, cut your hemp to 4 pieces of about 12 inches each. If you are using a connector for your center focal piece like I am, you will want to make a pair of lark’s head knots to get your piece started. For this simple knot, take 2 of your strands, find the centers, and double them up.
Feed the loop through one of the connector holes, and then thread the tail ends through the loop you just made. Pull it tight. Repeat this on the other side.
Now, add your beads. There is no right or wrong way to do this.
What I did was thread bead onto either one or two strands of hemp. Then, I made an overhand knot to secure it. depending on the size of your beads, the thickness of your hemp, and what you like the looks of, your spacing will vary. You generally want about 2-1/2 – 3 inches of beaded length, though – your focal piece and your end caps will take up some length on your bracelet too. You are aiming for a total length of approximately 6-1/2 to 7 1/2 inches – depending on whether you have large or small wrists. (A good rule for gifts is a 7 inch bracelet.)
Once you have a look you like, glue on the end caps. Just cut your “tails” to fit the length of the cap, add some jewelry glue (I love Aleene’s, but any brand that say it’s good on metal will work fine) and then just pop the cap on the end.
Add a clasp (this particular set of end caps comes with an “S” hook clasp, though any style clasp is fine) and you’re ready to wear it!
What are some of your favorite summer styles right now?