Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Wrap Bracelet Tutorial

Here is a great tutorial to make the wrap bracelets that are really popular right now.  I really like this  tutorial from Lima Beads because she uses different sizes of beads and really great focals to get a more unique look for this bracelet.  Great design ideas (and Great Beads too!!)  Here's the tutorial and you can get all the things necessary to make this bracelet on her Blog as well:

What you’ll need:

  • ½ tube of magatama seed beads
  • 1 nest bead
  • 1 bird bead
  • 1 ceramic geode
  • 5’ 1.5mm leather cord
  • 24’ of thread
  • 9 czech glass beads
  • 29 6mm rounds
  • 13 8mm rounds
  • 6 8-12mm nuggets
  • 1 button or toggle bar
  • 1 beading needle
  • chain nose pliers

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
I recommend wrapping a string around your wrist and then marking on that string where you want your focals to be places. Layout your beads along the string placing your focals at the markings.
Step 2:
Once you have the beads laid out from light to dark, you can begin your ladder stitch.
Step 3:
I used seed beads at the beginning and end of the bracelet to give a gradual transition up the larger sized beads I stitched in.
Step 4:
The bracelet does flow nicely when you jump drastically in size, like a 6mm to a 12mm. I recommend briefly building up in size or down in size if you are dealing with the reverse situation.
Step 5:
I tied knots at my leather tail ends for a decorative touch and to keep the knots from slipping.

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