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Frozen Macramé Bracelet - Macramé Jewellery Tutorial

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Frozen Macramé Bracelet - Macramé Jewellery Tutorial

Designed by: Agnieszka Wajzer-Nowak

Difficulty: Intermediate

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Agnieszka will show you how to make a Frozen Beaded Bracelet, which looks like a beaded lace, and is made with a ribbed Macramé weave. The name is not very subtle, but the effect is charming.

First, I will show you what this weave is all about. For the weave to be clearly visible for you to practice, I will use 4 thick strings, while for jewellery, I recommend thin strings with a matte, rough surface because they are easy to tighten. Thanks to this, you will get a precise, even pattern. There are many ways to get started on jewellery. It all depends on how you want to fasten the bracelet or necklace. I chose the easiest way that allows you to glue into a ready-made, flat clasp. Let's Braid! Agnieszka xx

Materials required:
- 4 colours of waxed cords 1mm, 160cm of each colour
- 4mm Frozen beads in 4 colours 
- Clasp - A magnetic glue in clasp has been used. A cheaper option would be a Crocodile Clip with Jump Rings and a  Lobster Claw 
- Glue
- Scissors
Bead Board and pins to secure your work to your board are also invaluable.

Remember that our tutorials are mainly designed to teach you technique and bring inspiration, so your jewellery doesn't have to look exactly like the one in the tutorial. Don't be afraid to experiment with shapes and colours.

Please note that the colours for the products illustrated in the image above DO NOT match the 'Products List'. 

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Let's practice..... 

Tie the 4 strings together. The yellow one is the base on which you will weave  with the remaining strings. For convenience, it is good to pin the strings with pins to a board. Attach our base, i.e. the yellow string, in two places so that it is stretched and creates a straight line.

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Pass the first cord on the left side up, over the yellow cord and then under it. Tighten. Lead the same string the same way a second time. Tighten. First weave done

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Do the same with the remaining strings. Remember to route each string twice around the base string, tighten it and make nice knots each time

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Now, at the end of the row, pin the base cord with a pin and run it diagonally, then pin it in a second place so that it forms a tight, diagonal line. Start your work with the right blue string. Loop over the base string with it. Tighten. Continue to work as you did when creating the first row.

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When the row is finished, pin the yellow string again at the end of the knots, lead it diagonally downward and fasten with a second pin. Start creating the next row. Continue working until you feel you have mastered the technique. Then we can start creating the real thing. 

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Are you ready for the real thing? Let's start working on our lace bracelet....

Attach the first string on the left side (green) with a pin under the knot, then pass it horizontally over the other strings and pin it again. This will be the base on which you will weave, exactly the same as in the example with thick cords. The only difference is that you put each string around the base string not 2 times but 4 times. This way you will make 3 rows parallel to each other (you do not run the base cord diagonally, but parallel).

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Attach the base string (green, right) at the end of the knots to the board. Then thread a purple bead on it. Attach the base string to the board once more, position it diagonally and pin it at the end to form a taut, diagonal line.

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Now do the next row. Start working with a purple string. Remember! You wrap each string 4 times!

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Attach the green base cord to the board at the end of the knots. Thread the turquoise bead, pin the string again right next to the bead, then run the string in parallel and reattach it so that the string is taut.

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Begin the next row from the left side with the green string, as always remembering to wrap it around it 4 times. Then pin the base string with a pin, thread a purple bead on it, pin it again with a pin, run the string parallel to the previous row and pin it to the board. Begin the row from the right side with the purple string

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After making the row, pin the base string to the board, thread a turquoise bead over it, pin the string to the board. Thread the beads on the hanging strings. Skip the first string from the left (green). Start with two blue beads on the first blue string and thread three beads on the second string. For each additional string, thread one more bead. Then, pin the base string to create a tight, diagonal line just below the beads

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Start the weaves from the left side. Proceed as usual. At the end of the row, pin the base string to the board, thread the purple bead, pin the string again next to the bead, and then pin the base string parallel to the row you made

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Repeat the steps described in the previous steps to obtain a symmetrical composition. Trim the ends of the finished bracelet so that it is easy to stick them to the wide ends. Use a strong glue for sticking in to make sure that the strings do not slip out.
I recommend two-component poxipol or pattex. To make it easier to close the bracelet, you can attach the chain to the ring at the clasp. 

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