How to Make A Macrame' Bracelet (or Necklace)

By: Threadbanger Jul 03, 2007

created at: 03/28/2013

Taking a long road trip this summer? Well, we know how boring those can be. That's why we're gonna show you how to make some awesome hemp bracelets. It'll keep you awake and you can keep the driver awake. Plus, hemp is for both guys and girls, so guys, get our your hemp too and let's get ready to hit the road!   

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1. Get out your hemp twine. If you don't want to use hemp there is a wide variety of colored cord you can chose from. The thicker the cord the bigger your bracelet or necklace.


2. Cut off two long strands.

3. Take one of the strands, fold it in half and loop it over a rounded stick such as a paint brush or pencil.


4. Do the same to the other strand. Now, you have four strands hanging down.


5. Take the right strand, pull it over the two inner strands and under the left strand.


6. Pull the left strand behind the two inner strands and through the loop created by the right strand. This is a half square knot.


7. Pull it tight to the top.


8. And repeat those steps over and over and over... You will get this twisted look.


9. Once you are about half way done, get out a special shell or bead and pull the two inner (called the "anchors") and pull them through the hole in your shell or bead.


10. Continue to tie half square knots until you have reached your desired length.


11. Now, remove the stick from the loops and pull the anchor strands to make your end loops a little smaller.


12. Pull two of your strands through the end loops.


13. Put it on your wrist and tie a knot.


And you are done!


For a necklace, just make it longer. Add more beads or shells or go without any at all...hey, it's up to you!

Have extra string leftover? Try making this fun typographic string art:

created at: 03/28/2013

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Now that you have decided to make a fashion statement by wearing a leather wristband orleather watch band, you probably want to know how we make our leather. Leather is made from different animals, in general, but The Level Collection is very careful with its supplier base, so we are so careful that there is a consistency that can be found in all of our products. Cheaper leather suppliers and manufacturers will use any number of different animals and “split” the leather (referred to below) to create an almost “artificial” feeling to the leather.


At the Level Collection, we work hard to supply you with the highest quality, most consistent leather product possible, even though there are natural variations from animal to animal.
The process of creating leather itself is quite complex—from the skin to the finished product. The steps themselves are often referred to as “tanning” from the most distinctive part of the process, which uses tannic acids present in plant matter to chemically alter the leather so that it will not putrefy or rot. Without the tannic acids, animal hides would quickly break down and begin to create a horrific odor. So the animal hides must be treated to form leather.The process has two basic stages: wet blue processing and finishing, both of which are accomplished in large commercial spaces known as tanneries.

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looks complex but so easy ! thanks! :)

This is pretty easy. I wonder what you were doing wrong, Bre.

yeah mine dint even look all curvy or anything????? i need 2 by next week. HELP!!!!

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This is very very helpful. I used to do these when i was younger, then forgot :/

but this has helped and i'm going to Michael's store today to get hemp string (:

don't have to use it while watching TV, how about when on the computer waiting for folks to respond or a page to load.

I find if I keep fingers busy, I can work on things that need doing even while the modern marvels slowly come online.

 

do you know how to make a chanluu bracelet

Another way to keep the bracelet/necklace steady is to stick a safety pin thru the fastener loops and then pin it to you jeans, shorts, or anything else you can pin it on to.

 

created on: 09/03/08

yeah..i made it when I was 11 years old...so easy;))

Macrame?  This is a sennit (or sinnet, depending on where you live) - beloved of rope-working seamen for a very long time.  But a great idea nonetheless - thanks Threadbanger for those very clear instructions and photos.  I often try to teach people this technique - hope you don't mind my borrowing your instructions in future.<G>

The sennit can be straight or twisted, depending on whether the loops are woven on alternate sides or (like this one) on one side only, and beads can be placed over the central twin strands before each loop.

Also good for making lanyards for bosuns' pipes, binoculars, or - these days - mobile phones and cameras.  Experiment with different gauges and colours of line - I've even made very delicate ones out of embroidery thread.

And a great way to occupy your fingers if, like me, you feel guilty 'just' watching the TV...
 

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