Crazy for Bracelets

new braceletI know guys, I’m a bit behind. Things have been crazy. Shame, shame…I’ve been making jewelry I swear! Just not blogging about it. Bad me.

Time to get caught up.

So the internet is a dangerous place, right? I’ve been lusting after everything on this website that has DIY designs for a bunch of bracelets. I mean, who wouldn’t want a bracelet made out of a zipper?!! So, when I was at the hardware store the other day, I decided that I would also pick up the gear to make the adorable DIY Nut Bracelet from Truly Smitten.

And truly, I am smitten. I could make like five thousand of these in more colors and wear them forever.

DIY Nut Bracelet

The Hardware

  • Twine, leather, whatever you want to use as the base, but make sure you have enough to go around your wrist twice, remember you are braiding this! Cost: $1.99
  • Nuts, I basically brought my twine with me and measured up to see what size hole I needed to be able to thread the nut through. Granted, tough men will look at you strangely while at Lowes, whatevs. I liked the gold but there is also silver. Choices! I used six nuts for this one, but you can use more! (I think I will next time).  Cost: $1.70 (breaking the bank, guys!)

braidingDo It

1. Tape down three pieces of fiber, knotted at the top. Yup, that is Charlaine Harris’ face. What? Doesn’t everyone use the back of the new Sookie Stackhouse novel to affix their braiding?braiding 2

2. Braid about halfway down and start to braid the nuts into the braid: thread nut on right twine, braid. Thread nut on left twine,

braid, repeat. This takes some patience and dexterity. Hint: I threaded mine on early and then made sure I pulled down tightly on the braid. Note: It may not look correct right away, I noticed I had to “arrange” the nuts so they laid correctly. You can do it!

3. Finish your braid, knot and affix clasps. I like the hooks with a circle and straight bar. Much easier for my clumsy hands.

Then pose.nuts

Okay so that last part is un-necessary.

This may be my favorite bracelet of the month, which is largely in part to the ease of finishing. Most of my bracelets have been made with larger thread, mostly because I like the leather. That has proven difficult to get to affix. One big hint I have for you is: clear nail polish! It is a life saver. Knot your ends to their clasp real tight, snip close and then apply some clear nail polish. I used Sally Hanson’s Hard as Nails because that seemed appropriate.