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How to make a simple string bracelet

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How to make a simple string bracelet

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Simple string bracelets are not complicated and it is not difficult to make them. They can be a perfect gift for your mum, sister, friend or even yourself for a unique addition to your styling. There is nothing better than a delicate string bracelet that you can wear every day and on holidays. Do you often wonder what strings and beads to use? Well we have a post for you that will help you choose. I decided to test a few thicknesses of string and some beads to help you choose.

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Which String to choose?

 

It all depends on how delicate a bracelet you want to make. The 0.6mm thick Macrame cord gives the most possibilities. Sometimes the thinner the cord, the larger the choice of beads that can be strung on it. So that the beads fall nicely, it's best to slightly burn the tips of the cord. This also makes threading the small Toho 11/0 beads easier.

Macrame 0.8mm cord, although there is only a small difference in thickness, there aren't so many possibilities. For example, Toho 11/0 seed beads will not work with cord this thick due to their small hole size. However, Toho 8/0 seed beads work well with 0.8mm macrame cord. I was unable to use FirePolish 3mm but the firepolish 4mm worked ok, they are just a snug fit. 

Superlon Fine is quite thin, but some people prefer to use this type of cord. It is perfect if you want to thread beads along the entire length of the bracelet, for example Toho 11/0 or small stones. Using this thread means it is not necessary to burn the ends for threading. 

I also used 1mm and 1.5mm Mcord for testing. With the 1.5mm cord, only large beads can be used. I found the Firepolish 6mm worked well here. 

These are just a few types of cord I tested, but you can use other beads in different sizes. You will need to pay attention to the size of the bead threading hole to ensure they fit on the cord you have. You could try using various shapes of hematite beads, tube beads, or surgical steel round spacer beads, all of which would be perfect for a thin string. 

What clasp should I choose for my bracelet? You can add rings and a clasp by knotting the cord through the holes, however, we find that an adjustable sliding knot made from your string will work best. 

Let's start from the beginning. 

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We cut the string. I cut more than two circumferences of my wrist. 

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We thread the beads as we like and we make knots on each side of the beads so that they sit in the middle of the cut piece of string.

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Knots can also be made on your string on both sides, in places where the bracelet will have a slightly smaller width than our wrist after placing it around your wrist. This will be where the adjustable sliding knot will close to tighten. To show this, I have marked with an "x" in these places. 

We now make the clasp/adjustable sliding knot. This will be the basic macrame weave. You can find instructions if you are unsure on how to do this HERE.

Fold the ends of the bracelet as in the picture and give a short string underneath.

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We give the left end of the short string two bracelets. We give the right one on top. As in the picture.

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We give the right end of the string to the loop from the left we go for this purpose under two strings of the bracelet. Clamp not too tight because it is to be a movable clasp.

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Now we draw the string from the right side over two of the bracelets. We give the string on the left. 

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The end of the left string is given to the loop from the right passing under two strings from the bracelet. 

We make a few knots.

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We cut the strings and gently use our lighter to melt the string slightly. Taking care all the time that the fastener is movable. I usually use a toothpick or a brush to apply a drop of quick-drying glue to the place where I cut the strings. 

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We have already strung our beads. We fold the bracelet so that the "circle" in the middle is about the width of our wrist. 

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In the place where I made "x" we will tie the sliding knots. They will be in the same places on both sides.

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We give a string inside the bracelet so that the loop is at the top. 

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We'll do another loop. 

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Now the tip is gently put into the resulting loops as shown in the picture.

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We tighten and check if the knot is movable. We turn the bracelet and make the same knot on the other side. In a place where it's a mirror image. 

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We cut off the excess string and lightly burn the knots so that they do not loosen. We make sure they are mobile. 

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And that's it! You can have a nice collection of bracelets with string in no time! If you make some of our simple string bracelets, be sure to share yours with us on our Facebook Group! We hope they will be lovely and colourful! 

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