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Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Tutorial Tuesday: Plaited Bracelet

To celebrate the launch of Checkmybox later this month we are re posting our most popular tutorials all throughout this month, and as it happens they will be our first range of kit designs. So if you like any of the tutorials over the next four weeks and are struggling to find the right materials and findings keep your eyes open for our kits that will be available exclusively in Mr Birds Emporium at the Custard Factory, Birmingham from 15th November, and online shortly afterwards (date to be confirmed). We'll be updating you with the website details soon and keeping you up to date on our progress as we actually make some!
Enjoy. Fran xx















UPDATE: You can buy the materials to make this kit over at Checkmybox.co.uk or at our Etsy shop, making things even easier!
Plaited Bracelet jewellery Kit






If you like this tutorial, check out my 2013 updated version on my new blog www.fallfordiy.com
for this neon plaited bracelet tutorial!

Instructions

1. Cut three pieces of cotton, each one metre in length. Then cut each of these into three equal pieces.
2. Attach the three pieces together with a box clasp at one end. Do this with all three colours.
3. Take a piece of large link chain around 18cm long. Measure this against you wrist and add or take off links as you need. The two ends of chain should meet.
4. Open the last link and thread on the box clasps in any order.
5. Starting three links in plait the cottons cords onto the chain. I like to check the cottons are threaded through the chain links in sequence to make sure my plait is correct.
6. Stop plaiting three links before the end of the chain and attach three more box closers on the ends. 7. Open up the last link of the chain then thread on the box clasps and a lobster clasp.

26 comments:

  1. I can't wait to make these. It takes me back to the old summer days of camps and friendship bracelets.

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    1. I did make a few of these for some friends. Friendship bracelets with a twist! let us know how you get on with them xx

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  2. Oh no, I just accidentally deleted a comment! But in reply I get my cord from the bead shop I work in. I have a nev ending supply

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  3. Any suggestions on how to keep the chain straight as you braid? Took me a while before I was able to handle the chain but didn't know if any tricks... Super cute though! Just took me a while longer than I had thought it would haha

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    1. Haha, thanks. It took me a while to get my head around plaiting into the chain. I pop the end of the chain onto a hook or you could try to get someone to hold it, then you can smooth it out as you go. Also if you Sellotape the cords together at the end they're easier to thread. Hope that helps. Xx

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  4. I can't find the box clasps online. Is there anyway you could give me a link?

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  5. Hi Olivia.
    I found this link for you. It's the first American site I could find with them so you might be able to find them a bit cheaper somewhere else. (At least now you know what your looking for) Things get a bit lost in translation. I hope this helps.
    Thanks for reading
    xx

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    1. oh dear... how embarrasing!
      http://www.abeadstore.com/jewelry_findings/Brass-Silver-Finish-abs/findings_SPF-CP3-BRL

      Sorry about that!
      xx

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    2. HANG ON!! third time lucky...
      http://www.abeadstore.com/s.nl/it.A/id.4667/.f?sc=23&category=43917

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  6. I'm really confused and I don't know how to make this. I guess I just am not cut out for crafts!

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    1. That's not true!! Sometimes you just really need to see things happen rather that only pictures and words. We are currently planning some video tutorials which might help you out, so keep your eyes open for those! and in the mean time, keep trying! xx

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  7. Where can u buy the cotton cord?

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    1. Hi Tiffany!
      I get my cotton cord from the Birmingham Bead Shop, where I work. I would imagine you can get this sort of cord from any jewellery supplies shop/craft store, or just look up 1mm cotton cord on google and you'll get some results there.
      Hope that was helpful!

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  8. Really beautiful I Pint this d.i.y junkie Thank you♥

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  11. A friend made me a bracelet like this for Christmas. Such a great idea. :D

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  12. Hello! Can you tell me what size chain this is?

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    1. Hello
      The chain length is 18cm and the links are 9mm each.

      Hope that helps

      xx

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  13. Hi Francesca, I found your photo thru a pin on pinterest that took me to http://awesomecraftpins.com/2013/02/09/diy-bracelet-sweet-and-simple/
    I then did a google search and found you. I have edited the pin so it links to here but thought you might want to know..
    Awesome bracelet! Thank you
    Kat

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    1. Hi Kat

      Thank you for letting me know about that! I love people sharing my tutorials, as long as there's a link back or credit somewhere. I've messaged them requesting one, and thanks for going to the trouble to edit the pin. Really lovely of you! Can you send me a link to your Pinterest please? I'd love to take a look!

      Fran x

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