Macramé is that craft using knotting techniques and some type of cord. Chiefly, common types of cord include cotton, linen, jute, leather or yard. Moreover, the craft is ancient, probably dating back to around 500 BC where the Persians and Syrians used it. From there it spread to other Arab countries, and then finally Western Europe. Today, macramé has become fashionable in jewelry making, mainly bracelets. To make a macramé bracelet, the crafter mainly uses square knots, weaving beads in between. Fancier bracelets use pave beads, which are beads covered in rhinestones. This tutorial shows you how to make a macramé bracelet with beads that is quick and easy.
How to Make a Macramé bracelet
For this project you need:
Cord in the following lengths: 2 ft, 4 ft, and 2 ft
Beads - 5 size 12mm and 2 size 6mm
If you have a macramé board, insert one of the 2 ft pieces of cord in the slot. You'll want to leave about 8 inches hanging behind the board. Or you can use a clipboard as I did or simply tape the piece of cord to the table. Take the 4 ft cord and find the center by folding it in half. Place the center of this cord underneath the cord attached to your macramé board. If you are using a clipboard, or have taped the cord to the table, start about 8 inches down.
Now you will begin making your square knots.
Take the left piece and cross it over the center cord.
Take the right piece and thread the end underneath both the left and center cords. Now, pull it up on through the left corner between the center cord and left cord. Pull to tighten. Repeat starting with the right cord crossing over the center cord. Then take the left cord, thread it underneath both right and center cords. Again, pulling it up, this time on the right corner between the center and right cord. You now have one square knot.
How to Add Beads to Your Macramé Bracelet
Continue making square knots until you have 3 square knots. Take a bead and thread it through the center cord.
Slide to the bead so that it is up against the square knots. Make your next square knot around the bead. Again, continue knotting until you have made 3 knots. Slide another bead on and continue knotting. You can make your bracelet as long as you want, with most bracelets measuring 7 ½ inches.
Seal the ends of the left and right cords using super glue, E6000 or some other super strong glue. Allow to dry. Snip the ends of the left and right cords close to the knots. Your bracelet should now look like this:
Form a circle out of your bracelet. One end of the center cord should face up and the other down.
You are now going to make the sliding clasp also using square knots. Take the remaining piece of 2 ft cord and fold it in half to find the center. Place the center underneath both center cords so that one end faces left and the other right. In the same manner as before, make 5 square knots.
Once you’ve made your 5 square knots, seal the ends of the knotting cord with glue. When dry, snip the ends of the cord close to the knots. Thread one of the 6mm beads onto the top center cord. Next, tie a knot about 2-3 inches away from the sliding clasp.
Do the same for the bottom center cord. Seal the ends of the cord with glue and let dry. Snip the ends of the cord close to the knot.
Your finished Macramé Bracelet with Beads
These bracelets are easy and fun to make and look fabulous! You can experiment with more beads and fewer knots or different size beads and different types of cord. Try adding pave beads for some sparkle! Each macramé bracelet with beads will be a unique and fashionable piece of jewelry.
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Polymer clay is all the rage in do-it-yourself circles. And no wonder, relatively inexpensive, polymer clay comes in a wide range of colors and has many applications. Chiefly, polymer clay is polyvinyl chloride (PVC) that is soft and malleable until baked when it becomes hard. You can mix, swirl or stack colors to make patterns or mimic faux stones. Moreover, you can roll it, texture it and shape it. To cure it, place it in a preheated 275-degree oven. Bake for 15 minutes per ¼ of thickness.
Likewise, one fun application of this material is in the making of polymer clay beads to use in jewelry making. And the possibilities are endless when making clay beads. But don’t worry if you are not skilled in clay. Rhinestones Etc. now carries clay beads and will be stocking new colors in the coming weeks.
A Brief History of Polymer Clay
Notably, the origins of this type of clay began in Germany in the 1930s with Kathe Kruse. A renowned doll-maker, she was experimenting with different clays in order to produce a more detailed face for her dolls. But it was her daughter, Sophie Rehbinder Kruse, who made a breakthrough that developed into present-day FIMO clay.
Here in the US other people were experimenting with forms of polymer clay. One such company, Zenith Products Company accidentally created its own form in the 1960s. Originally developed as a thermal transfer compound, it failed to work as intended. When it was suggested for use in the arts and crafts, it was marketed under the Sculpey name.
Today, there are several brands of polymer clay to choose from. Additionally, there are specialty clays such as liquid, mica, and translucent. Indeed, polymer clay continues to gain popularity, as there seems to be no end to the possibilities.
Polymer Clay Beads
One of the greatest attributes of polymer clay is that when mixed, the finished product can mimic stone or metal. Complimentary colors can be swirled together to make a bead suitable for macramé bracelets or earrings. Glue small size rhinestones on to clay beads to make pave beads. Add 3/16 grommets and your bead is great to add to your charm bracelet.
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