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How to make an adjustable bracelet - Minimalist macrame bracelet

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How to make an adjustable bracelet - Minimalist macrame bracelet

Designed by: Mada Miotk

Difficulty: Beginner

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We have recently gone crazy about delicate, small bracelets with strings that can be combined freely. That's why I decided to infect you with this madness!! I have prepared for you a tutorial in which I will show you how to make an adjustable bracelet with a Macrame style clasp. I will show you how to make two types of tassels and try with different types of beads. A minimalist macrame bracelet is a perfect design for summer. Let's begin! 

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Remember that this tutorial is for inspiration purposes only and your bracelets can be completely different. Instead of crystals you can use gemstones, glass beads or even TOHO beads. Instead of S-Lon thread you could use macrame strings 0.6mm or 0.8mm - just pay attention to whether the eads pass through them. We can't wait to see what you'll come up with!

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To start, we thread one round bead, a crystal rondelle and another round bead onto the thread - this is the fragment that will dangle when fastened, so you can also add it later, I do it immediately so as not to forget!

Then add one round and so many crystals so that the bracelet has the length that suits you. I came out with 65 crystals. Remember to leave some space for fastening.

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We leave ourselves a 20cm thread supply and tie a double knot just behind the crystals and the round.

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We also cut the thread from the other side.

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Holding the bracelet rolled up on the table, tie the same knot on the other side. We make sure that the bracelet does not lie straight at this time, because it will be tied too tight and will not fit.

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At each end we should have a round, crystal, round, knot, round and only then crystals.

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Now we'll take on the tassel. You can of course choose the method you want to create them - I use cardboard covered with adhesive tape.

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We wind the thread on it until we recognize that the tassel is thick enough. Titanium 100 thread is thin, so I wrapped the box around 250 times. Counting the number of wraps is important because without doing this it is difficult to make two of the same tassels.

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Thread the end of your bracelet onto the split needle and thread it between the thread and the cardboard.

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Carefully remove the threads from the cardboard.

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We tie two knots tight.

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Grease with a little quick-drying glue

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And cut off the excess string.

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We cut off about 10cm of thread and tie it with a tie - we do not let it loose.

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We wrap several times and tie a knot.

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We cut the excess string. 

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We cut all the tassel threads and level it.

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Now one of the most difficult parts - more so because it's difficult to show you in the picture. We flatten the tassel in our hand so that the ends touch as little as possible and lightly burn them. But be careful - hold the lighter away and actually heat the air near the tassel more than burning it directly - if you do not take care doing this part, then these thin threads could burn immediately!

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We do the second tassel in the same way.

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Now we will add the fastening. Fold the ends of the bracelet in such a way that they lay in opposite directions.

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Cut off a piece of string - or use the leftovers after trimming - and fold it in half. We place under the tips as in the picture.

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We begin to weave the basic macramé weave - put the upper left string over the lower one and pull it through the loop. If you are not familiar with this, you can take a look at our video tutorial HERE. 

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Clamp.

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Put the right string under the core and over the right string, and the right string through the loop.

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Repeat several times, trying to tighten the strings as you go - the fastener will develop a little over time, so it is better to ensure it's tight at the beginning.

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Finally, put a little glue on the knots (ONLY a little bit, we don't want it to stick the strings together underneath), cut off the protruding ends and burn with a lighter.

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And the bracelet is ready! Now I will show you an alternative version of tassels on the example of a TOHO 11/0 beaded bracelet. I used two colors here: opaque frosted blue turquoise and matte color opaque white.

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Thread the beads onto a string - I separated the colours with surgical steel rounds.

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This time we take a slightly smaller piece of cardboard - mine is less than 2cm - and this time we wrap the same string that we used as the base, that is S-Lon. This time we wrap around 25 times. 

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We tighten the knot - this time we don't have to cut the tip, we just put it together with the rest of the threads.

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We tie a white thread, wrap it around the tassel, tie it and glue the knot.

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Spread the tips wide and gently burn the ends with a lighter.

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And we repeat the same process with the second tassel. 

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Bracelets can be combined into sets with classic macrame bracelets.

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In the same way you can also make bracelets in a completely different style.

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