Feb 132018
 

This bracelet takes a little bit of time to make, but it is oh-so worth it. You can choose to stop at just the center section and still have a wavy shaped bracelet, but adding the beaded borders along the sides is the crowning touch.

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Either way be sure to watch the video for my tips on choosing beads that will work best in this project, not all will give you the effect you are looking for.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Crimson Waves Bracelet-Chan Luu Style Beaded Jewelry Beading Tutorial video at YouTube.

May 062013
 

These Chan Luu style bracelets are quite popular now.  I love the slightly earthy, hippie vibe you get from the cord wrapping. They’re also amazingly simple to put together.

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The website has some gorgeous combinations, with Swarovski crystals and semi-precious stones, and if you can afford it, the prices are well worth it.

However, if like me, you’d prefer to make your own, here’s a video showing you a fun version. I’ve made a 5 wrap bracelet here, but I give directions so you can make a single, double, triple, quadruple or as many wraps as you like.

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If you want the look of several different bracelets, just bead a wrist’s length of beads in each color before going on to the next.

This is another project where all the different color combination possibilities totally fire the imagination!

Happy creating and enjoy the video. I’m still waiting for WordPress to solve the video embedding problem so here’s the tutorial over at YouTube:  Multiple Wrap Beaded Bracelet

Quintuple/Multiple Wrap Beaded Bracelet

Difficulty: Medium

Materials:

  • 1 mm Leather Cord, approximately 2.5 yards (see directions for more precise measurement)
  • 5-6 yards silk cord (see below for sources)
  • 7-8 inches each of five different kinds of beads
  • button for closure, 3/4-inch to-1 inch in diameter
  • 7mm-10 mm jump rings, 10-20 or so
  • needle & needle threader
  • super glue

Directions:

To determine length of leather cord needed measure around your wrist for a comfortable bracelet size. Double this measurement. For a quintuple wrap bracelet, multiply this number by 5. Add 12 inches to get the length of leather cord you will need.

For example: Your wrist measures 7.5 inches. Double this to get 15 inches. Multiply 15 by 5 to get 75. Add 12 to get 87 inches. Feel free to cut a little extra for insurance.

  1. Slide button onto leather cord. If using a shank style button, just slide cord through shank. If using a button with holes, slide cord from the back through one hole and from the from the front through another hole. Center button on leather cord.
  2. Thread 2-3 yards of silk cord onto needle. Pinch end of silk cord between two leather cords, right next to button. Wrap silk cord around silk cord end and leather cords for about ¼ inch. Apply a drop or two of super glue and allow to dry. Trim any excess silk cord end.
  3. Tape button down to work surface. Keeping leather cords parallel, tape them down about 12 inches away from button.
  4. Slide threaded needle under top leather cord.
  5. Slide a bead onto needle and slide down silk cord until bead touches leather cord.
  6. Bring silk cord up over and then back under bottom leather cord, then back through bead, being careful not to split the silk cord.
  7. Bring silk cord over the top leather cord and repeat steps 4-6 with remaining beads, moving and retaping cords to work surface as you progress.
  8. To add a new piece of silk cord, first cut new length of cord. Pinch end of new cord and about ¼ inch of old cord between two leather cords below last bead added. Use remaining end of silk cord to wrap for about ¼ inch. Apply a drop or two of super glue and allow to dry. Trim any excess silk cord end.
  9. To cover this wrapped cord, slide jump rings onto two leather cords and new silk cord. Resume adding beads.
  10. Before finishing bracelet check to make sure it wraps comfortably around your wrist the number of times you want. Finish bracelet by pinching about ¼ inch of silk cord between two leather cords below last bead added. Use remaining end of silk cord to wrap for about ¼ inch. Apply a drop or two of super glue and allow to dry. Trim any excess silk cord end.
  11. Hold two leather cords together and tie into an overhand knot, including wrapped silk cord into knot. Make another overhand knot about 1 inch away. The space between the two knots should be just large enough for the button to go through. Make one more overhand knot the same distance away from the second knot. Trim any excess leather cord.

Sources for silk cord:

For 2 meter cards of silk cord with wire needles already attached (you’ll need 3 cards to make a quintuple wrap bracelet):  Silk cord No. 5

This spool is far more economical, since you get 115 yards, but you have to choose one color and stick with it. Also, you’ll have to thread your own needles.  Silk Beading Cord Size FF Black

Apr 022013
 

Just finished making this pink pearl and crystal leather wrap bracelet and  I love wearing it!

Click on any of the pics to see them bigger.

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I pretty much followed the directions for the “Leather and Luxe” bracelet in the January issue of Bead Style Magazine, substituting beads that I had on hand. The button was one from my grandmother’s button jar.

I also used 1 mm leather cord that I had on hand, rather than 1.5 mm.  Worked just fine.  🙂

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The pink pearls are ones I dyed a while back.  You can learn how easy it is to do in this Custom Dyed Pearls video.

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I did order the pink silk cord from ArtBeads.com, but think I’ll try other cords/threads for a future bracelet. Any suggestions for materials?

Keep in mind that the 2 meter card of silk cord was just enough to make a double wrap bracelet.  If you want to make a bracelet with more wraps, you’ll need more cord.

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Although the directions in the magazine were great, I learned a few other tips from watching this video. The most helpful thing I found was to tape both ends down to your table.  This makes managing the wraps much easier.

The process was repetitive but relaxing.  Once you get the pattern down it’s very simple.  Next, I think I’ll make a triple wrap bracelet with all mixed metal beads.  Let me know if you give this a try!

To figure how much leather cord you need, take your wrist measurement and double it.  Multiply that by the number of wraps you want and add 12 inches.

So, for the triple wrap bracelet I’m going to make:

7 inch wrist x 2= 14 inches

14 inches x 3 wraps= 42 inches

42 + 12 = 54 inches leather cord

Happy creating!