button loop bracelet tutorial in the past, but it was made with flexible jewelry stringing wire. The purpose of this tutorial is not necessarily to help you end up with a bracelet just like this, but rather to share with you some hints or tips that will help you work with waxed linen, whether you make a bracelet like this in other colors or whether you use these techniques in earrings or necklaces. So, let's get started.
Waxed linen comes in different thickness or plies. The linen I'm using in this bracelet is 4 ply, which is what I usually use. You can choose to use a neutral or coordinating color or try out bright contrasting colors. In this case I'm using 4 ply black.
- About 35 inches 4 ply waxed linen in the color of your choice
- 3-4 focal beads
- 1 button (in this tutorial I'm using a button with a shank).
- Size 6-8 seed beads or 4 mm fire polish or round beads
- A handful of various other beads, medium and small size, with holes large enough to accommodate one pass of the linen (I only ended up choosing a few of what you see below.)
1. Thread on a dozen or so seed beads or 4 mm beads. Fold the cording in half and center the beads on the fold. Pinch the working ends of the cord together and see if the loop you've formed will fit around the button, You want it to fit snugly, but not tight. Adjust the number of beads in your loop, if needed, to get the right fit.
*Hint - Waxed linen is a pretty forgiving material if you go slow with it. Make your overhand knot, but tighten it slowly. You want the knot as close to the base of the loop as possible. If it is too far away, you can loosen it up and re-position it so it will be closer to the base of the loop. It's easy to loosen and re-position a knot as long as you haven't completely tightened it. But once it is pulled tight, it is unlikely that you will be able to loosen it. So go slowly and pay attention to where the knot will be landing.
6. Continue adding beads and knotting until your bracelet is the length you want. When using larger beads, as I have, you need to make a longer bracelet, as the beads stand off of your wrist, increasing the circumference. Drape the bracelet around your wrist to see how it is fitting. Remember, you can always add more beads, but once knotted, you cannot subtract beads and you would have to start all over from the beginning.
7. When you've reached your desired length, bring both linen cords together and tie an overhand knot.
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