if your mom loves edgy jewelry:
... she's going to love these bracelets!
Two tutorials in one post:
attention - picture heavy [but totally worthy]
Made several of these the other day because I love how they look all staked - serious ARM SWAG going on!!
Ready for the tutorials? ... keep reading, it's all there!
#1: Rope and rhinestones
* for each bracelet I used about 7" of cotton covered clothing line (leftover from my wannabe rug)
* pebeo transparent setacolor in red, blue and yellow
* 2 - Swarovski 10 mm glass pearls (for the yellow bracelet I used only one - slightly bigger from my stash)
* 3 - 8mm Swarovski Crystal Rondelle Spacer Bead (only two for the yellow one)
* 2 glass beads in contrasting colors* 1 - Kumihimo Integral End Caps/Magnetic Clasp 6mm
* 1 yard of embroidery floss in contrasting color (or cotton yarn)
* a needle with a large eye
* a tea light
* E-6000 glue
the tutorial // how-to:
|Soak the ropes into a thick paint (just add a spoonful of water)|
First: dye the rope -
I made these on a very rainy day - felt too lazy to go out and look for the right size colored ropes - beside, this way you don't have to add anything to your existing stash!
I let the ropes sit into the paint for a bit, then squeeze the excess color out.
Let dry almost completely and then used a sponge with just the fabric color on.
(sorry, my hands were so messy I couldn't take any pics of the process)
Let dry very well - and use your iron on high temperature to fix the color.
|pass about a yard of the embroidery floss through the wax of the candle|
(this will make the floss sturdier and threading the beads much easier)
|Thread the beads into the middle of the embroidery floss |
in the order you see in the picture
|You won't need a needle - the waxed floss will be sturdy enough|
just twist and thread
|pass the floss on each side of the first spacer after the color beads|
|pull the floss tight so all the beads will be lining up|
|find the middle part of the rope and align it with the spacer in the center|
|start from one side, and wrap the floss in between each component, |
then repeat with the other side of the floss
|the floss stands out to the cord with a " | X | X | " pattern:|
to finish it up:
thread the floss into a needle and make an overhead knot on both sides
|poke the rope in the middle with the needle|
|get the floss through the core of the rope all the way out to the end|
then repeat these last two operations on the other side
|cut to size to fit your wrist - add some E6000 glue on the inner part of the clasp|
...wait until dry !
#2: Rope spikes and raffia
* cotton covered clothing line + pebeo setacolor in red
* 3 - Screwback Cone Spikes
* Natural Raffia Mini Bundle (you can find also raffia in colors, I happen to have some natural on hand)
* large needle
* scissors, a small screwdriver
the tutorial // how-to:Proceed to dye the rope as for the previous part of the post :)
|take few strands of raffia (about 2 ft long) and thread the needle|
|poke through the center of the rope|
|leave a "tail" of about 1-1/2" of the raffia - |
pass the needle back and leave a loop -
the spike is not all the way screwed in
|place the spike into the loop an pull|
|repeat 3 or 4 times (depending of the size of the raffia's strands as they are always un-even)|
leaving longer loops (+/- 1-1/2" long) on the opposite side of the spike,
don't worry about being neat :)
|once the first tassel has reached the right size, |
start with another strand of raffia just next to the first one
|once all three studs will be in place,|
it will look somehow this way
|Use a toothpick to secure the raffia around the screws|
on the back of the spikes and next to the rope
|screw the spikes tight (while the glue is still wet)|
|Cut the raffia strands at about 1" from the rope|
Cut the rope to fit the wrist and glue the ends into the clasp!