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How To Make a Shamballa Style Bracelet | Make a Shambahla Bracelet
Make a Shamballa Style Bracelet
How to Make Your Own Shamballa Style Bracelet with Shamballa Style Beads
Shamballa style bracelets are the latest trend, being spotted on celebs from Justin Bieber and Jay-z to X-Factor contestants alike! Now you can have the look without the price tag by making your own gorgeous, sparkly bracelet using shamballa style beads.
Cut a 40cm piece of Shamballa style cord (you could also use waxed cotton cord or leather cord) and tie a knot in one end. Thread on an end bead (we would recommend an 8mm acrylic pearl in your choice of colour or a silver bead F582).
Measure around 10cm from your first knot and tie another knot. Your end bead should now be between both knots. Put a safety pin through this second knot and attach to a bead mat. Posititon so the end with knots points away from you, and the end with no knots points towards you.
Put a dab of nail varnish on the end of your thread to make threading beads easier. Now cut another piece of Shamballa style cord approx. 1m in length. It is always better to overestimate the length to make sure you don't run out of cord! Find the centre of this cord and tie around your original cord, as close as you can to the pinned knot.
Tie a square knot. If you haven't tried square knots before, why not watch our square knot video tutorial on Beads Direct TV. You might want to practice as the square knot is the basis of your bracelet.
Tie a second square knot, then thread your first shamballa style bead on to the middle cord. Bring the other 2 threads around the outside of the bead, then tie another 2 square knots.
Repeat step 5 until you have added approx. 7 beads. Tie 2 square knots after the last bead.
Tie the 2 outer threads together, and add a dab of glue to secure. Thread on another end bead and knot the end of the centre cord approx. 10cm away from the last square knot. When the glue is dry snip off any excess cord.
Take your bracelet off the bead mat and safety pin. Position the bracelet so the loose ends of cord overlap eachother. Now cut another 1m piece of cord and tie around both the ends, so your 2 ends take the place of the 1 centre cord you had before.
Tie another 7-9 square knots, but don't pull too tight as your thread needs to slide through the middle to open and close your bracelet.
Tie the ends of thread together and add some glue to secure, being careful not to get any glue on the cords that go through the centre or your knot may not slide. Cut off any excess cord when the glue is dry and slide to open and close your bracelet.
Note: If you want to use less beads, just make more knots!
Need more help? Why not watch our step by step video on how to make a shamballa style bracelet.