Morganite Bubble Bracelet
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Designed by: Holly Eve
Learn how to make a cute beaded kumihimo bracelet using morganite beads, matching seed beads and a pretty petal charm!
Cut 4 strands of s-lon cord approx. 6 times the length you'd like your finished bracelet to measure. Holding all 4 cords together, fold in the middle of the cords and knot together creating 8 ends. Place the knot through the hole in the centre of the braiding board. Spread the cords, placing one strand either side of each dot on the board.
Thread 35 seed beads on to 5 of the strands, and thread approximately 20 morganite beads onto the remaining 3 strands. 2 threads should have cream seed beads, 2 should have pink and 1 should have white.
See the image to see where to position your threads on your board. Turn the braiding board over and wrap each cord into its own no-tangle bobbin. You may want to add a weight to the knot to help your braid pull downwards as you work.
You should have a cord either side of dot 32. Rotate the board so you are holding this dot at the top. Take the cord from the notch to the left of dot 16 (at the bottom) and move it straight upwards to the notch to the left of the two cords at the top. You will now have 3 cords at the top and one at the bottom. Now take the cord furthest right at the top and bring it down to the right of the remaining bottom cord. Turn the braiding board 90 degrees counter-clockwise and repeat the same process, moving the bottom left cord to the top left, and the top right cord to the bottom right. Repeat until you have created approx. 0.5cm of un-beaded braid.
Now bring a bead down the next cord you work with. Place it all the way to the bottom of the cord. You will find that it sits under the cord you used last. Make sure the longer part of the bead points outwards. Repeat this every time you move a cord until you have used all the beads you added earlier. You can use more or less beads if you want to change the size of the bracelet. Once your bracelet is approximately 4" long, stop adding beads and make 0.5cm length of un-beaded cord.
Remove cords from the notches and knot together so the braid doesn’t unravel and remove any extra beads. Now wrap some cotton or thread tightly around the braid just below the knot, and sew through the braid a couple of times to make sure it is securely fastened. This also makes the braid a bit thicker, so it will fit better into your cord end. When you are happy that you have secured the braid; take some sharp scissors and cut off the knot. Add a drop of glue if you want to secure it further before cutting off the knot.
Repeat the last step on either end of the bracelet and then check that the ends fit neatly into your cord ends. If they are too small, wrap around more thread and glue it in place. If they are too large for the cord end, try compressing the braid with your flat nose pliers to mould it a bit smaller. If this doesn't work, add glue to the braid and once dry, trim it down to the correct size without needing to fear it unravelling. Glue in the ends of your cord. If you get glue on your metal cord ends, you can try removing it with nail polish remover.
Finally, measure the bracelet against your wrist and decide how much of a gap you need to fill to make the bracelet fit. Cut 2 small lengths of chain and attach these to either side of the bracelet using jumprings. Attach a lobster clasp to one of these chains.
Take your feather/petal charm and attach this to your chain using a jumpring. We chose to make 3 little bead charms as an accent to the petal charm. To do this, take a headpin and thread on your morganite beads and/or seed beads. Trim the pin to 1cm above the bead and turn a loop above the last bead. Attach these to the same jumpring that your petal charm is attached to.
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