Thursday, October 17, 2013

Simple sliding bracelet - Autumn style

I love simple designs in jewellery, especially thin stacking bracelets that you can pile up high.

Today I'm going to share a really easy design you can make up in 10 minutes to wear a favourite connector, bead or component.

One of my favourite materials to use are silk strings, especially the beautiful hand dyed ones from Diane at Sowzere Designs over here in the UK. They come in the most gorgeous colours and tones that would compliment any design.

You only need two things for this bracelet, a silk string and a connector.

I've made this connector from etched copper, but you can use anything that will fit. You can also adapt this for a bead or three by running wire through them and looping each end.

Step one - Pull the string through the loop in the connector so that a 10cm tail is on the top side of the connector.

Step 2 - Pull both strings up so the long tail is between your 1st and 2nd fingers and the short one over the top of your 1st finger. Fold the short string over the top of your 1st finger.

Step 3 - Bring the short tail over the front and round the back of both tails keeping the ribbon neat as you go. This makes for a better finish.

Step 4 - Pull the short tail through the loop you have made with your first finger to form a knot. This should slide up and down the long tail if you've done it right.

Step 5 - Thread the long tail through the connector from underneath and pull it so that it fits snugly across your fingers. (This works for my sizing, but you may need to adjust a little here)

Take the long tail and repeat steps 2-4 to create the knot. Trim the excess and you're done...

This also works with the wider silk ribbons with the addition of a couple of jump rings.

If you want to use thinner thread, wrap it around 2 or 3 times heading up towards your finger in step 3 to make sure the knot is secure.

They're so easy, you can quickly make up two or three to match your outfit, or just to wear that one great bead you've been stashing!

Leaves are a great subject and very popular with the AJE ladies.

Here's a bit of Autumn inspiration from the team to finish off...

And I couldn't resist adding in this beautiful finished bracelet by Janine of Esfera Jewelry using some of my ceramic beads and Lesley's gorgeous leaf connector.

Thanks for reading!



  1. Great idea - I always wear simple jewellery myself and this really hits the spot!

  2. That is an awesomely simple and elegant design!!!!!

  3. Great tutorial and really cute bracelet. I love the beaded one on the end too!

  4. Love the bracelet! I am always challenged when working with fibers, so I will have to try this!

  5. Hi Caroline, Love the tutorial!
    And thank you so much for sharing my bracelet. I feel honoured and humble!!!


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