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How to make a Bracelet with cowry shells

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How to make a Bracelet with cowry shells

Designed by: Monika Wojdyla

Difficulty: Beginner

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Let's hope that Cowry shells will come back to us every spring and every summer. Thanks to them we can feel like we are on holiday every day. The Cowry shell bracelet is probably the most popular summer accessory. So Monika decided to show you two ways to use the shells.

I have avoided seashells so far. There were two simple bracelets in the drawer, but I like to stand out, so when I saw Cowry candy-coloured shells, I knew I had to figure something out. That is why I dreamed of a simple, macrame bracelet with shells as charms. I couldn't decide which one to show you, so this post will contain my two ideas and I will also show off my new Cowry earrings too. The Cowry shell bracelet stole my heart the most. However, the weave you learn from this post can be used in a million ways. 

Please note the materials list above contains the products needed for the 1st Version of this bracelet ONLY. 

Materials needed for the 1st version;

Materials needed for the 2nd Version;

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Cut a length of Mcord (1mm) approximately 60mm in length. Fold in half and attach to the mat.

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Now we cut two pieces of cord that measure approx 1m each. I cut off two different colours. It will make it even more colourful.  Find the half way point on these cords and place under the main cord, as seen in the picture.

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We tie both the left and the right hand cords into a simple knot on to the main/lead cord. Now, if you are using different colours, you need to re-arrange the strings so that one side has one colour. Test that the bead you are using as your clasp, fits through the loop on the main cord. 

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Now we start to create the knots. We will make two knots, one on one side and one on the other.

So with the cord on the left hand side of the main cord, place them over the main cord, thread under the main cord and up through the loop as shown in the picture. Pull the thread upwards to create the 1st knot. (See images)

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Now to create the second knot. With the left hand cord go under the main cord and instead of going up through the loop, go down through the loop.

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We go to the other side and make two identical knots. 

So with the cord on the right hand side of the main cord, place them over the main cord, thread under the main cord and up through the loop as shown in the picture. Pull the thread upwards to create the 1st knot. 

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Now the second knot. With the right hand cord go under the main cord and instead of going up through the loop, go down through the loop.

Continue with this sequence to create 7 full knots. I took a few more photos to show this.  

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Now on one side we will be adding the shells. We will thread them on one cord, see image. We make a loop and put the end of the cord through it. You can see it in the picture with the pink shell. To tighten the loop we need to move the shell as close as possible to the bracelet and pull the cord gently. This is quite problematic, but thanks to this the shells will hang nicely straight. You can also opt out of making a loop then the shells will be arranged sideways. 

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After adding the shells, we return to two double knots on each side and add the next one until you get to your desired length. 

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We now cut the excess cords on the left and right hand side, burn them slightly so that they do not unravel or add a spot of glue to them.

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With your main cord, thread on your bead to one of the cords and tie a knot to secure it in place with both cords and burn or add glue to the cord. Cut off any excess cord.

And the cowry shell bracelet is ready.

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Second bracelet with Cowry shells.

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We cut approximately 60mm length of cord (0.6mm thick), fold in half and attach to your beading mat. We also cut 1m length of cord, this will be your braiding cord. Fold, so that one side is a bit longer, e.g. 10 cm. We put this braiding cord under the main cord and start creating your square knots. This will be the basic weave I showed in the flower bracelet

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Create a loop with the left hand cord over the main cord, with you right hand cord go under the main cord and through the loop created. Pull both cords tightly to form the knot. 

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On the other hand, we create the knot just like a mirror image.

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Now we will be adding Toho 6/0 beads on the sides. Thread a bead on both left and right hand side cords and continue with the basic square knot.

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After 5 knots on each side, time for more beads. 

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Continue this sequence until you have reached your desired length.

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Using the longer length of braiding cord, we pass it through the first size 8/0 bead, see image. 

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We will add 7x Toho 8/0 beads between the beads from our bracelet. 

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When we have reached the end, weave the thread into your bracelet and tie a knot, burn the ends or use glue to secure it and cut off any excess cord. 

With the other end of your bracelet place your bead on the end of the thread and tie a knot to secure it in place, burn or glue  the knot and cut off any excess. 

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Now attach the shells to the "frills" using a jump ring. 

The second bracelet with cowry shells is ready. I think I prefer this one as an anklet!  

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I also made some earrings for the set. I am ready for Summer! 

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