Diadem Constellation Bracelet
Cut 4 strands of s-lon cord approx. 6 times the length you'd like your finished bracelet to measure. Holding all 4 cords together, fold in the middle of the cords and knot together creating 8 ends. Place the knot through the hole in the centre of the braiding board. Spread the cords, placing one strand either side of each dot on the board.
Thread 27 sterling silver beads on to each strand adding the charm to one strand, then turn the braiding board over and wrap each cord into its own no-tangle bobbin. You may want to add a weight to the knot to help your braid pull downwards as you work.
You should have a cord either side of dot 32. Rotate the board so you are holding this dot at the top. Take the cord from the notch to the left of dot 16 (at the bottom) and move it straight upwards to the notch to the left of the two cords at the top. You will now have 3 cords at the top and one at the bottom. Now take the cord furthest right at the top and bring it down to the right of the remaining bottom cord. Turn the braiding board 90 degrees counter-clockwise and repeat the same process, moving the bottom left cord to the top left, and the top right cord to the bottom right. Repeat until you have created a few centimetres of unbeaded braid.
Now bring a bead down the next cord you work with. Place it all the way to the bottom of the cord. You will find that it sits under the cord you used last. Repeat this every time you move a cord until you have used all the beads you added earlier. Near the centre, add the charm as well as 1 bead when you work with this thread. You can use more or less beads if you want to change the size of the bracelet. Create a few more centimetres of unbeaded braid.
Remove cords from the notches and knot together so the braid doesn’t unravel. Now wrap some cotton or thread tightly around the braid just below the knot, and sew through the braid a couple of times to make sure it is securely fastened. When you are happy that you have secured the braid; take some sharp scissors and cut off the knot.
To complete, glue each end into the clasp using fevi kwik, and leave to dry. Attach 1 inch of chain to the loop end of the clasp using a jump ring. For a finishing touch, thread a crystal on to a headpin and attach to the end of the chain by creating a wrapped loop.
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