Monday, February 20, 2012
For today's Macrame Monday I decided to take the Chinese Braid to the next level.
What do you think?
To make this bracelet:
Step One: Cut 8 long strands of threads 2 of the middle colour, 2 of another colour and 4 of the middle colour. Fold them in half and anchor them with an overhand knot onto a dowel (or pencil like I do).
Step Two: Place beads on each of the 16 strands for about 8-10 inches in length.
Step Three: Follow the Chinese Braid instructions that I linked to in this post.
Step Four: When you get to desired length of project, secure the braid with another overhand knot.
Step 5: Add jewelry closures if you like. Or you can tie it to your wrist by making two braided tails and securing them through the loop that you made around your dowel (like my traditional friendship bracelets).
Sounds a lot more simple that it really is!
It took me hours to bead all 16 strands. And then it took me hours to figure out how to braid them together. The beads make the whole project rather slippery and difficult to keep straight.
I ended up shoving threads under my knees, into my mouth and into various nooks and crannies of my fingers to keep everything straight. And then I had to unbraid it several times and try again. Oy!
But it turned out so pretty!
I've never added Jewelry Findings to my projects before. In fact, I didn't even know they were called Jewelry Findings until I went to Michael's to find a closure to this bracelet. It took me awhile to figure out how to clamp the threads down, so it's not as good as I would like. But not bad for the first try!
If I decide to make this bracelet again, I will definitely try to make it on some bendable wire. That way I can bend it when I'm working on another section of the braid so the beads don't slide off. It might help keep the strands straight while braiding. And it'll make the bracelet itself a little more stiff.
What do you think? Should I make another one? Should I sell them in shop?
I don't really know anything about jewelry selling. I only sell those micro-macrame friendship bracelets (which do really well). I would have no idea what price point I would have to consider for something like this. Maybe it wouldn't be worth all the work?
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