Bang on-trend and steeped in history, Shamballa bracelets are hot, hot, hot! Gemma shows how to make these gorgeous accessories
Step 1: Gather materials
Find a list of everything you will need below.
Pause the steps at any time by mousing over the slideshow and clicking the pause button. Click the pause button again to continue.
Use the left-right arrows or slide numbers to navigate.
Step 2: Cut cord and pin
Cut two 60cm lengths of cord (one of each colour) and one 120cm of red cord.
Pin one end of the black cord to a bead mat by tying a small knot in the end of the cord to a brooch bar or safety pin (or you can pin it to the knee of your trousers)
Step 3: Tie knotting cord
Tie on your long length (the knotting cord) 20cm along the pinned cord.
Make sure each side of the long length is equal.
The centre cord is called the lazy cord.
Step 4: Begin to knot
Place the left hand cord over the lazy cord and underneath the right hand cord.
Step 5: Complete knot
Take the right hand cord behind the lazy cord and through the left hand loop. Pull tight.
Step 6: Continue knots
Repeat steps 4 and 5 but reverse left and right, i.e. Place the right hand cord over the lazy cord and under the left hand cord. Take the left hand cord behind the lazy cord and through the right hand loop. Pull tight.
Repeat to the desired length of knots, remembering to alternate between left and right. Add a bead and continue knotting.
Step 7: Finish the body
Continue knotting and adding beads until your bracelet is the required length.
To finish, add a dab of glue on each side where you have left over knotting cord.
Trim the excess when the glue is dry.
Leave the lazy cord.
Step 8: Make closure
Overlap your ends of the lazy cord.
Tie on the remaining 60cm cord in the same way as before and make around fourteen knots.
Glue and trim the excess of this knotting cord. Be careful as the lazy cords need to slide to adjust the bracelet.
Step 9: Finish off
Thread a bead onto each end of the lazy cord.
Knot to keep the bead in place, add a dab of glue and trim the excess when the glue is dry.
Greetings from the Bead Doctor!
Well the decorations are down, the last of the chocolates are gone and the New Year’s resolutions are broken. I have really been trying to be good by dragging myself to Boot camp at the crack of dawn but, in the grim dark mornings, it is just so tempting to sit with a steamy cup of coffee and a good mag. Anyway it is good for research (at least that is my excuse!)
As I have been trawling through the glossies, there is one trend that keeps appearing and that is Shamballa bracelets. We recently started stocking a range of Pave Rhinestone Beads at Beads Unlimited. They are deliciously sparkly and perfect for the job, so I thought I’d give it a go.
If you fancy making a Shamballa bracelet here is my tutorial, complete with links to all the materials in case you are missing any ingredients.
Giving it away
If you would like to try your hand, you could win all the materials needed to make my bracelet. All you need to do is tell us what tutorials you would like to see on Bead Barmy in the comments box below.
Please post by midnight Sunday 19th February 2012. One lucky beader will win this project. The winner will be contacted by email and asked for their postal address. Good luck everyone!
Materials you will need
To add all the materials needed for this project, simply click the button below to add it to your basket. Or, if you are just short of one or two bits, click on the individual items.*
*You will also need: Cord nippers (PRNPR) – Not Included
Once you have learnt this basic technique why not try using different coloured cord and beads for a whole range of styles?
Or why not make a knotted necklace? Try saying that after a glass of wine or two!
Macramé can be used to great effect for household bits and bobs such as plant holders. Jo, who writes the joblogsit articles once made a macramé deckchair. Apparently it looked great but wasn’t the most comfortable of seats!
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