December 8, 2011
Make It : Beaded Bracelets
Posted by Hosanna Houser
Seems we can not get enough of bracelets around here! Tomorrow on the show I am demoing how to make your own beaded wrap bracelet, and since I want to make sure people understand some of the steps, I have put together a little photo tutorial. Another easy to make bracelet for a handmade holiday gift for your best friend, co-workers or even better... yourself!
When selecting a leather make sure it's not too flimsy, otherwise it will not hold up to the wax twine and beads. For most female wrist I found that seven inches works. So a double wrap is 14, triple 21 and so forth. If you think that may not work for you, measure your wrist with a ribbon first.
1 Start with a quarter inch wide strip of leather. Space selected beads to a desired pattern and with a screw punch, punch holes all along your strip. One end should have a single hole for the loop.
2 On the other end make sure to do two punches close together for the button. Since you are punching, do several strips at a time.
3 Take a long piece of waxed linen twine (longer then your piece of leather) and create a loop at one end.
4 Secure your loop with a knot.
5 Do make sure your loop will fit over your button, and then trim tail.
6 At the one end with only one hole, thread your twine thru from the back.
7 Take the twine thru the loop, and draw the twine thru the hole from the back again.
8 Make sure it's nice and tight.
9 Now wrap the twine around the back of the loop and draw the twine thru the hole from the front.
10 And tighten it to make sure it's good and secure.
11 This is the flip side of the leather, there is a knot, but it shouldn't be a bother when wearing.
12 Take the twine thru the next hole.
13 And on the front of the leather, add your first set of beads.
14 And continue all the way down your strip.
15 At the end add your button of choice for your closure.
16 And basically secure it on the way you would on a shirt.
17 Knot off in the back, and trim. If you want, you can add a dab of glue on the knot to make it extra secure.
here is the link to the video.
ADDED INFO 12/20/2011
There has been some questions about how to connect short strips to get the length that you need. So I have put together a photo gallery that I hope will help.
1 When setting up the spacing for the beads for the entire bracelet, keep in mind end holes on each strip that is being connected.
2 Loop the wax twine through the end holes.
3 Draw the wax twine tight, and loop through the two end holes again.
4 Draw second loop tight, assuring that you have a good connection.
5 Take your wax twine up through the next hole, and add your beads, and keep going accordingly.
6 There will be a stitch where the connection was made. If you select a wax twine that matches the color of your leather the stitch will not be so obvious.
Hope you are inspired to make lots of handmade gifts this year!
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