Thursday, April 18, 2013

DIY Soft Flex Macrame 3-Strand Bracelet


This project took me back to being a tween/teen when I made lanyard bracelets. I pinned this DIY Macrame project by Honesty WTF to my favorites on the Soft Flex Company's Pinterest board some time ago and was thrilled to sit down and try a version of their design with Soft Flex wire.

Materials:

Begin by cutting the beading wire into two 36 inch and two 12 inch lengths.  Fold the 12 inch piece in half, pull the loop through the jump ring, fold it over the ring, and pull the rest of the cord through the loop. Repeat the step on the other side of the ring. These strands will be anchored and remain stationary. Lay the design on a board or table with the strands vertical and tape the top two strands.

Center the 36 inch cord under the two middle strands of the bottom two strands. Fold the right cord over the middle strands and under the left cord. Pull the left cord under the right and middle strands and through the loop on the right side. Pull tightly and slide knot to the top. 

Finish the 2nd half of the square knot by folding the left cord over the middle strands and under the right cord. Pull the right cord under the left and middle strands and through the loop on the left side.Pull tightly and repeat the steps – left, right, left, right. (Note: if you feel your bracelet start twisting you may have knotted two right sides or two left sides in a row - simply unknot the wire and fix). Continue knotting until the desired length is reached keeping your clasp size in mind. 

To see step by step photos the square knot check out the DIY Macrame project by Honesty WTF. 

This completes one strand. Repeat this process two more times in the same
or different beading wire colors to create a three strand bracelet.


Once your strands are at the desired length, string a 3x4mm crimp tube to each of the strands ends and thread through the clasp.Before you crimp, check that the size length is correct for each of them, that the strands are straight and wire attached to the center rings are all going in the same direction.



Once your happy with the strands, crimp the 3x4mm crimp tubes using the mighty crimping pliers. Be mindful to crimp all three strands the same with the seam facing on the back. Trim the excess wire.



You can make these in all sorts of beading wire colors and connector styles!

Blog contributor Kristen Fagan is the Website Graphic Designer for Soft Flex Company. Find her on facebook, etsy or her blog.  She'd love to hear from you! So, please feel free to leave comments or email her at Kristen@SoftFlexCompany.com.

5 comments:

shipwreckbeads said...

I would have never thought to use SoftFlex to macrame with. The results are pretty neat and I like that you can just crimp it instead of messing around with a knot.

Sara Oehler said...

Ooooh, 3-strand! Cool idea, Kristen!

Kristen (Creative Stash) said...

I am much more comfortable with crimping then knotting. Soft Flex lends itself to macrame really well. I was originally thinking single strands but liked all three colors together so, just went with 3 strand clasp instead. Thanks for your comments Shipwreck and Sara!

Anonymous said...

I made one and I love it! As someone who used to macrame plant hangers in the '70's, I was a bit hesitant using beading wire, but the bracelet came out just like the photo and it wasn't difficult at all! Thanks for the great idea!

Sara Oehler said...

That is awesome! I'm so glad that it turned out!

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