Sunday, July 1, 2012

DIY cord, tubes and pearls bracelet

here it is: the perfect summer bracelet.



Totally inspired by a designer's one who asked to not be mentioned. 
This is what I used:



* 5 tubes (I bought mine several time ago at  www.firemountaingems.com, although the size of the tubes is a bit too long, and a 3.5 cm length would be the best pick)

* 21 soldered closed jump rings diam. 7 mm


* 21 freshwater pearls (different sizes and shades, from my stash)
* 1 large lobster clasp (Clasps Lobster Swivel 1 1/2" Silver Plated 5pc)    
* round nose pliers and cutters

not pictured - ehm... an almost finished roll of toilet paper and a plastic bag... but I'll tell you more about this later ;)

Finding the right size of your bracelet 




1* unravel the cording from the first package and find the middle length 
2* loop around the lobster clasp and fold it in half again 

3* wrap the ends with some tape 

4* pass the cords into the tube

5* pass the cords into the 12 mm ring

6* close the clasp and try it onto your wrist

7* mark a tiny dot where the cord wrap around the ring (that's the exact measure, because the tubes are long and stiff, you have to take into consideration that the measure of the bracelet must be large than your wrist)

8* take a toilet paper roll (almost finished), measure the size, squeezed to an oval, and wrap it with a plastic bag, and tape the bag
9* make sure that the measure of the roll is the right one where you marked the dot onto your cording, keep the clasp closed, and tape it onto the roll

Wrapping the bracelet



1* now, that is your first wrap of the bracelet

2* pull the cording, keeping the right measurement, and pass a jumpring into the cords, keep wrapping the cords back and forth between the clasp and the 12mm diam. ring for the closure.
3* I did 1 tube, alternate with 4 jumprings, and an extra jumping at the end (because I don't like even numbers ...)
4* when the first package of cording will be finished, (leave about 7-8" tail) 
5* tape it on the roll
6* and you can start adding the other cording, still folding in half, pass it onto the closure ring
7* fold it in half again and wrap the ends with tape ... same as before
8* keep wrapping around the clasp alternating jumprings and tubes until you get to the end.

The knots



Keep all the cording still on the roll to make the side knots of the bracelet!

1* loop around the ring and pass it under the bracelet
2* pass the cords through the loop
3* pull
4* pass it over the wrap and under the bracelet
5* pass the cords under the very first loop
6* and pass the cords under the last loop
7* pull as tight as you can
8* make a knot
9* repeat on the other side 
(and cut the tails - add if you want to be safe, a dot of glue onto the knot)

Adding the pearls


1* pass the headpins onto the pearls (mine are all different sizes and colors)
2* bend the headpin onto one side
3* wrap it onto the round nose pliers onto the opposite side
4* pass the headpin onto the jumpring
5* twist the wire around the loop
6* cut the excess wire
7* squeeze the part just cut so won't poke you 

... and  you're done!!

xox, d.

Edit: CHECK HERE for another version of the same bracelet, 
with the shorter tubes and an easier knot !

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18 comments:

  1. definitely want to make this even though I need to figure out where I can find the tubes here.... but I will manage!
    hugs from boiling turin....
    Cle

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  2. Bellissimo!
    un designer che non vuol essere nominato...suona così misterioso..

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  3. It's great :) I'll try it out in the nearest future.

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  4. Looks gorgeous! I have some tubes that might do for a project like this. Pinning for future reference! :)

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  5. I actually found tubes at Michaels. Love love love this bracelet. Just posted it for my 29,000 readers. Someone asked me on my blog about the designer because she didn't want to DIY and I told her, sorry, the designer doesn't want her name mentioned and who am I do go against her wishes :)

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  6. Fabulous and thanks for all the instructions
    Jenni

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  7. Muito bonito mesmo!! Parabéns!!!

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    1. obrigada!!!! (this is where my portuguese starts and ends !!! :) )

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  8. Oh my gosh! this is beautiful but it boggles my mind! Looks really hard!

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  9. This bracelet is so beautiful! I can't wait to give it a shot! The hardest part is deciding if it will be for me or for a Christmas gift!

    http://www.thesitsgirls.com/get-paid-blogging

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  10. Very cute! Thank you for the tutorial. It actually doesn't look hard to do at all.

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  11. Cool bracelet love it,I definitely make one

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  12. Pretty cool! I bet it would look good with other random charms... stone, glass, crystal. Handmade dangles are the best!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. You're welcome! yes, would work great with any other kind of charms, you can't go wrong !!

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