Monday, July 11, 2011
Kashmiri Stretch Bracelet
I'm really big on trying to make a little time for crafting every single day. We are all very time challenged these days and sometimes our busy lives give us only a few short minutes to spend in our crafting area and that's where today's project comes into it's own - a bracelet you can make in just minutes and with only a few materials and no jewellery making skills.
Stretch Magic 1mm Beading Cord
Jesse James Boho purple bead strand
Bead stoppers or sticky tape
G-S Hypo Cement (or nail polish)
Begin by removing the beads from the beading wire that they came on. Don't use your good scissors for this as you will nick the blade (I prefer to use my flush cutters). You can rearrange the beads if you like or just keep them in the pattern on the strand. Jesse James' designers do a great job of selecting bead combinations so for this project I am happy to go with them just the way they are.
Cut a piece of Stretch Magic the length of your wrist plus 10cm (4"). About 30cm (12") is a good length to work with. Pre-stretch it by holding the elastic at each end and pulling it firmly three or four times. This will help overcome the problem of the bracelet stretching after you've worn it a few times.
Place a beadstop on one end (or tape the Stretch Magic to your workspace) and thread on the beads. Tip: Make sure that either your first or last bead is a large holed bead. That way you can hide your knot!
To tie the knot, place one end over the other and tie a half knot. Tie a second half knot and pull the knot tightly. Tie another knot and pull tightly again. Repeat two more times, making sure you pull the knot tightly each time. Place a dab of glue on the knot and trim the ends of the elastic to about 6 or 7mm (1/4") and then slide the knot inside the large holed bead.I've found this method to be the most successful way to tie off Stretch Magic. You can see a video on how to do this at Betsy's One of a Kind!, under How to Use Silkies (it's a little typo on the website).
And there you have it - a quick but stunning bracelet!
Don't forget to enter the draw to win a strand of these fabulous beads. Just leave your comment on the Kashmiri Give Away post. (edited 2/11/11: this giveaway is now closed).
'Til next time!