I've had this little project kicking around for a bit - it's really more of a technique than a specific project - so I decided to blog it here instead of listing it with the InspirationFXs.
This works best, so far that I have found, with Firepolish donuts, the 8 mm size - but there's naught to say that it won't work with some other sizes and shapes too. It would look cool with some other shapes too, I think, like some of the drop beads.
It's a super easy project, fairly quick and fun - good cottage project with the kids, as the supplies required are limited.
You'll be stringing this on stretchy stuff. - you will need a wire needle to get it through the holes. You can purchase these, or make your own. I used the Opelon to string it.
- To make a wire needle, take a piece of wire, light gauge, i.e. 24 gauge, about 4 - 6 inches long.
- Fold it in half, around a pencil or pen, and holding the two loose ends in one hand, rotate the pencil so that it starts to twist the wire.
- Hold those ends tight, and twist until the wire is twisted most all the way to the ends.
- Slip the pencil out, and you have a loop (the eye of the needle). Put your stringy stuff through the loop - which currently looks way too large to get through the bead hole. You may need to trim where the ends were if they didn't come together too neatly.
- Proceed to use it as a needle - the first bead you go through - you may have to tug it through - but the eye will squash to fit and, bonus, it will be flat enough to hang onto the stuff you are stringing with - so the needle doesn't keep unthreading itself.
- If that seems like too much work, you can just buy a pack of them!
Start by stringing enough donuts as if you were making a single strand bracelet. I used a couple of different colours to make a blend, actually.
I used 40. Then, tie a knot to secure.
Now, you are going to go around again,
- add two more beads,
- skip over three, and
- go through a bead from the first, original course,
- and continue the same way all around. Looking at the picture is probably clearer than anything I can write.
So ultimately, you will have one bead with 3 strands through it, that separates out into 1 strand with 3 beads, another strand with 2 beads, and a third strand with 2 beads.
- 1 bead
- 7 beads
- 1 bead
- 7 beads, etc
I did try it with stone donuts and the holes are too small for 3 strands through the one bead in the pattern that needs 3 strands through it. However, if you changed this bead to something with a larger hole, then it could work. And you would have a new look too!
Overall - I used about 80 beads per bracelet. They are fun to make and easy to wear!