Thursday, June 13, 2013

Why not DIY a handful of bracelets?


   Weekend, why not DIY a handful of bracelets, of course. Inspired by Shourouk's crystal wristlets, I'll show you how I made my own version with the Trusty ol 'macrame technique.

    You'll need:
    3 yards of 0.8mm Chinese knotting cord
    1 large rhinestone button
    1 small rhinestone button
    embroidery needle

    Cut the knotting cord into one 20 "strand and one 60" strand. Fold the short cord in half and tape the fold onto a working surface. Center the long cord under the two middle strands. Fold the right cord over the middle strands and under the left cord.

    Pull the left cord under the right and middle strands and through the loop on the right side. Pull tightly and slide the knot up to create a small loop. The loop should be able to slide over the small rhinestone button.

    Continue the square knot by folding the left cord over the middle strands and under the right cord. Pull the right cord under the left and middle strands and through the loop on the left side.
    Pull tightly and repeat the steps - left, right, left, right ... Stop knotting at the halfway point.Thread the large rhinestone button onto the 2 middle strands. Continue knotting. Measure the bracelet around the wrist to check the fit. From the first knot to the last, the fit should be rather tight.

    To finish the bracelet, thread each of the side cords onto a needle and sew up the center through 2-3 knots along the backside. Pliers will help pull the needle through the tight knots.

    Then thread the small rhinestone button onto the middle strands. Thread the middle strands through the same knots along the backside.

    Snip all four strands, leaving about 5 millimeters of slack. Burn the tips and with the end of the lighter, press the melted cords onto the backside of the bracelet to seal it.And just liket hat, your bracelet is finished!!

    If the bracelet is a bit too tight, you can always give it a good pull - it will stretch out a bit.Stack stack away!

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