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How to make braided bracelets from cord - jewellery making tutorial

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How to make braided bracelets from cord - jewellery making tutorial

Designed by: Mada Miotk

Difficulty: Beginner

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Mada has prepared a tutorial for you today, in which she will show you how to make a braided bracelet from cord in just a few minutes, in addition, a bracelet so simple that even if you are new to jewellery making, you will be able to create these bracelets.  

Cords in hand and let's start braiding. 

Materials required:

*Coated cord 1.5mm in black, purple and beige colours (or select the colour of your choice)
*6mm seamless beads -  with a large enough hole to fit 1.5mm cord through
*Silicone spacer/stopper bead
*Crocodile clip 13mm
*Toggle Clasp
*Jump Rings  6mm
*Glue (Hasulith)
*Scissors
*Kumihimo board

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 may not match the 'Products List'. 

Designed by Mada Miotk - June 2017

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We cut off a piece of cord about 70cm long.

We fold the cord in half and hook it with something that will hold it – I used a kumihimo disk for this purpose.

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We cut off about 1.5m of coated twine and attach it to both pieces of cord in such a way that the eyelet that will form on the black string is as small as possible. We will braid only one end of the cord, so there is no need to fold it in half.

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We begin the braiding. We pass the cord under the left black and above the right.

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We tighten and pass under the right cord and above the left.

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We tighten the cords and repeat, we pass under the left cord and above the right.

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And back under the right and above the left.

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We repeat these steps, occasionally moving the weave upwards so that they fit nicely together.

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We continue until we get a length slightly smaller than the circumference of the wrist of the person who will wear the bracelet.

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After reaching the appropriate length, we tie the knot, glue it with a little quick-drying glue and cut off the tip.

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We repeat the same process on the other hand.

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On the loose ends of the cord we thread the spacer.

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We pass through the twine "eyelet" on the other side of the bracelet.

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And back through the spacer.

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At the ends of the cord, we put 6mm beads on and tie knots behind them.

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We also glue the knots with a little glue and cut off the excess cord. This is what a ready-made bracelet looks like. Thanks to the spacer, it can be conveniently adjusted.

Similar bracelets can be made in other colours. 

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Now I will show you how to make a bracelet on three strings. We cut off three pieces of cord about 30cm long and mount the strings on the kumihimo disk.

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On all cords we tie a piece of coated string about 1.5m long.

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With a purple cord we pass under the right cord, above the middle and under the left.

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We tighten the cord.

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And we move the other way – above the left cord, under the middle and above the right.

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And back – under the left, above the middle, under the right.

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And we turn over the right, under the middle and above the left.

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We continue in the same way, taking care to squeeze the strings with the same force and that the spacing between them is fairly equal.

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We proceed in this way until the bracelet has a length that suits us – remembering to leave a few centimeters to fasten the cord ends ;)

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When we reach the right length, we remove the braid from the disk – in case of longer bracelets it is very possible that you will need to pull it off earlier.

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Place a small amount of glue where you need to cut the braid and cut off the excess cord. 

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At the end, we attach the crocodiles clips and attach the clasp – I used a toggle clasp.

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The second part of the fastener is hooked on using two jump rings to make it easier to fasten.

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This is how the finished bracelet looks like.

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Of course, the colour scheme can be changed. We hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Feel free to share your works of art in our friendly Facebook group. 

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