Monday, April 2, 2012

DIY Matthew Williamson neon drawstring bracelet

Are you ready for more...
neon & rope? 
heck, yes!

Today's fun project comes straight from Matthew Williamson... 

top pics: - collage by moi
By doing the I&R version you'll have to gather ALL your supplies
at the Home Depot.

* slightly less than a yard of nylon rope
* a lighter (or a candle, or even few matches)
* scissors (and cutting pliers, not in the picture)
* and the copper .... hem ... BEADS. No, these are NOT beads: they are copper crimp connectors (available in the electrical aisle: these are two different sizes, they come in 50 units pack and they are about 5$ )

In fact, with 15$ you can make at least 3 bracelets 
and you'll still have some parts left....

1* cut the rope in half (and burn the ends) and slide into both ends one of the small crimp connectors
2* pass both other ends of the rope onto the bigger size crimp connectors
3* and keep using the connectors as tube beads {also, alternate the wider part so the bracelet will stay even}
4* keep doing this until you reached the desired length of the bracelet (about 5") and slide on both ends of the rope another small connector
5* using cutting pliers, cut in half one of the bigger crimp connectors
6* and try to get one half as round as possible (use sand paper or a nail file to make the cutting side smooth)
7* now pass all 4 ends of the rope onto the half connector that will function as slider (it's really tight)
8* then take two small connectors and keeping the narrower part toward the bracelet, slide two ends of the rope in each one
9* cut the excess of the rope and make the strings even, leave about 1/8" of rope hanging out of the connector
10* with the lighter, burn the excess rope and, while melting, tap it onto a smooth surface (glass, steel, cutting board) in a matter of seconds the nylon will harden and turn into plastic, and the connector will stay firmly in place.

The pack of connectors will be enough 
for quite few of these, 
one in each neon color you can possibly crave!!! 
{without breaking the bank}

xox, d.


  1. You are GENIUS!!! I just found your blog and love, love, love it! And I cannot believe that you are from Bergamo! Il mio ex fidanzato è di Bergamo! Happy Monday!

    1. ahah! thanks!!! (i bergamaschi sono ovunque!!! LOL!) i couldn't find an email address on your blog, so i'm answering here! xox, d have a great day!

  2. I am soooooooo making this!!!!!!!

  3. I think this is one of my favorite DIYs of yours! I posted it on Tumblr (with 2 image uploads and links back to you of course), and it already has a featured DIY tag. This bracelet just makes me happy :)

  4. Just love it!!! Simple, fun, Colorful:) You have magical hands!!!

  5. Love this - and ha - I got those copper "beads," the other day, too!!

  6. So cool! I haven't seen those at the hardware store yet, but I'll be on the look out! :D
    Erin @

  7. mi piace! sono ancora indietro con l'orologio a muro ma una volta finito cercherò di dedicarmi a questo bijou estivo

    1. Ciao Chiara! Questo braccialetto e' una cosa da un quarto d'ora... Non ci sono scuse!!! ;)

  8. I will never tire of rope and hardware jewelry.

  9. I am loving the neon & the copper - so cool! The hardware store is the best!

  10. Amazing braclet, i want to make myself one. love your blog, followed you on blog loving. Check out my DIY and vintage blog if you have time.

  11. Hi there. I have just discovered your blog. I am going to try and make this bracelet. I live in Australia so I hope I can get the same tools, Im sure I can. I will let you know how it goes if I find the time to do it. Thank you. Jo

    1. Oh, great! Don't forget to share a picture or a link of yours! I'm pretty sure you can find the same supplies: be sure that the ropes you'll pick won't be too thick!! Xox, d.

  12. What sizes did you use? I wanted to try this at church camp but I am having problems with the fit. The clamps I got 14-4 and 18-10 and on the rope it was 5-32 inch. Thank you.

    1. I had the crimps out of their original package, so I don't know, but in the first picture you can see the size. The cord is from home depot and they usually carry it in many different neon colors.
      If what you have doesn't fit, try to pull out the inner part of the cord, will make the cord softer and thinner. hope this helps, let me know!

  13. Great Idea....will be making this soon...really soon.


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