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Building a Shamballa Bracelet

Posted by Johnnie on 9/14/2011 to Beading Techniques

Since the release of our Shamballa kit we've had a lot of requests for a tutorial so people could make different styles than that offered in the kit. Below you will find the instructions for a 7 bead Shamballa bracelet, along with a list of all the materials you will need.

Materials
  • 8 Feet of 1.2mm Stringing Material
  • Stopper Beads
  • Nipper tool
  • 7 - 10mm Beads with 2mm Hole
  • 1 Small Clipboard
  • 1 Clip
  • G-S Hypo Cement


CREATING A SHAMBALLA


(Step 1) Using your nipper tool take your 8' of knotting cord and cut it in half, leaving 2 equal pieces (4' each).

https://www.toocutebeads.com/assets/images/blog/shamballah/shambala_01.jpg
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(like this)


(Step 2) Take one of your 4' segments and cut it in half leaving two 2' pieces and one 4' piece.

https://www.toocutebeads.com/assets/images/blog/shamballah/shambala_03.jpg
(like this)

(Step 3) Clip one of your 2' pieces of cord into your clipboard, leaving an 8" tail on both sides of the clip board.

https://www.toocutebeads.com/assets/images/blog/shamballah/shambala_04.jpg

(Step 4) Load your beads, pull your cord tightly, and use your binder clip to clip your cord to the bottom of your board. This will be your guide line.

https://www.toocutebeads.com/assets/images/blog/shamballah/shambala_05.jpg

(Step 5) Place your 4’ cord under the guide line Keeping it even on both ends.


https://www.toocutebeads.com/assets/images/blog/shamballah/shambala_06.jpghttps://www.toocutebeads.com/assets/images/blog/shamballah/shambala_07.jpg


(Step 6) Take the right side of your cord over the guide and under your left side of cord. Now take the left side under your guide and up through the loop.

(Step 7) Take the left side of your cord over your guide, and under the right side, then take the right side of your cord moving it under the guide and over the left cord (through the loop)

(Step 8) Repeat Steps 6 and 7 3 times then push up your bead.


(Step 9) After you’ve pushed up your first bead follow this pattern below
  • Step 7
  • Step 6
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  • Push up your Bead
  • Step 7
  • Step 6
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  • Push up your Bead
  • Step 7
  • Step 6
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  • Push up your Bead
  • Step 7
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  • Push up your Bead
  • Step 7
  • Step 6
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  • Push up your bead
  • Step 7
  • Step 6
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  • Push up your final beads
  • Step 7
  • Step 6
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  • Step 6
https://www.toocutebeads.com/assets/images/blog/shamballah/shambala_08.jpg

https://www.toocutebeads.com/assets/images/blog/shamballah/shambala_09.jpg

https://www.toocutebeads.com/assets/images/blog/shamballah/shambala_10.jpg

https://www.toocutebeads.com/assets/images/blog/shamballah/shambala_11.jpg
https://www.toocutebeads.com/assets/images/blog/shamballah/shambala_12.jpg

After completing steps 1-9 the end of your bracelet should look like this
https://www.toocutebeads.com/assets/images/blog/shamballah/shambala_13.jpg

(Step 10) You should have some excess cord on the right and left side of your guide line. Lets clean those up.

https://www.toocutebeads.com/assets/images/blog/shamballah/shambala_14.jpg
Glue around both area’s you have extra cord and let is dry for a few minutes.

(Step 11) Now that the glue has had a chance to dry, go ahead and snip off the remaining cord

https://www.toocutebeads.com/assets/images/blog/shamballah/shambala_15.jpg


https://www.toocutebeads.com/assets/images/blog/shamballah/shambala_17.jpg
What you have now, should look very similar to this.

(Step 12) At this point we get back to our knotting to close off our bracelet. Make sure to overlap your remaining cord (image above) as this will now be our guide line.

https://www.toocutebeads.com/assets/images/blog/shamballah/shambala_18.jpg

(Step 13) Use your remaining 2’ cord and place it evenly under your new guidelines.

(Step 14) From here we will be going back to page one using steps 6 and 7 repeatedly until you wrap an amount you are happy with for sizing. (Usually 14 Knots or the pattern below)

  • Step 6
  • Step 7
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  • Step 6
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  • Step 6
  • Step 7
  • Step 6
  • Step 7
  • Step 6
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  • Step 6
  • Step 7

(Step 15) Once you’ve finished knotting, slide your stopper beads onto your guide line to give you a way to tighten your bracelet.

https://www.toocutebeads.com/assets/images/blog/shamballah/shambala_19.jpg
(Step 16) Glue and cut the remaining segments of your 2’ cord

(Step 17) Lastly, you want to make a tight knot at the end of your stopper beads, gluing to secures, and cutting off any excess cord. Now just let it dry for 24 hrs. Then show it off.

https://www.toocutebeads.com/assets/images/blog/shamballah/shambala_21.jpg





Comments

Date 9/29/2011 11:07:00 PM
Carol Booth
The instructions are great
Date 9/30/2011 8:20:00 AM
Karen
Thank You Carol, WE really tried to make it as easy for our customers to follow,stay tuned for new larger hole beads, and new designs :)
Date 10/12/2011 10:03:00 AM
Patricia Durston
Will you be having a class for this in the near future? Not too sure of making class on Oct. 31, it being Halloween but will know later. Do you have openings? Thank you.
Date 10/12/2011 4:39:00 PM
John Woodson
Hi Patrica, There is a Shamballa class on the 20th of October with 1 remaining opening. I'm not sure when the next shamballa will be.
Date 10/27/2011 9:56:00 PM
Lil
thank you that was really helpful..I am having a hard time finding rinestone beads around 17mm or 16mm...thanks ..Lil
Date 10/27/2011 9:56:00 PM
Lil
thank you that was really helpful..I am having a hard time finding rinestone beads around 17mm or 16mm...thanks ..Lil
Date 10/31/2011 3:58:00 PM
Hyla Bucy
Lil, I believe I saw instructions in one of the beading magazines or on utube on how to make the beads ..using seed beads. and a simple bead. I am so grateful for these instructions. I'm a jewelry designer and my friend asked I knew about making Shamballa bracelets. I said yes and proceeded to seek for directions. This is perfect.
Date 12/26/2011 6:23:00 PM
Jackie
I really found your instructions clear and easy to follow thank you very much!
Date 12/27/2011 10:30:00 PM
Jennifer
Instructions are wonderful! Can you tell me about how big this bracelet is after it's complete with the fourteen knots on the closure?
Date 1/10/2012 10:03:00 AM
amy bond
Fantastic! will be back soon for more = )
Date 1/15/2012 3:24:00 PM
Laurie Capece
I am having trouble getting my crystals loaded on the cord. Can someone give me an idea as to how to make it easier to load the beads? Thank you!
Date 1/15/2012 4:13:00 PM
Karen
Make sure to glue the end of your cords, let them dry, now cut them on a angle. Make sure the hole size of your bead is a little larger than cord.
Date 1/23/2012 7:54:00 PM
vanessa jackson
Hello, my name is Vanessa and i wanted ask how can i take a class to learn how to make the shumbella bracelet or do you offer any classes.
Date 1/24/2012 6:57:00 PM
Kathy Pelletier
thank you so much I wanted something fun and fast cause I get so damn bored in the winter and my hands need something to do this will start my xmas or bday for the family
Date 1/24/2012 10:29:00 PM
kate
Hi there! I was wondering how you keep the cord from slipping off the bead (so that the two pieces of cord end up coming together rather than staying wrapped around opposite sides)? Great tutorial! I am able to make the bracelet but the cord slips :(
Date 4/5/2012 11:16:00 PM
Allie
Absolutely awesome tutorial. I usually have a LOT of trouble with instructions and almost didn't even come look. I was referred by Sally MacDonald. I made this in less than 40 minutes, from picking beads to sharing the pic. Thank you so much for taking the time to share this tutorial.
Date 4/20/2012 2:39:00 PM
susan lloyd
Date 4/20/2012 2:44:00 PM
susan lloyd
I'm confused with your measurements 8ft are your measurements American as I am in the u.k any chance u can put it in inches for me and great intructions
Date 4/22/2012 2:44:00 AM
Teresa Medich
I just wonder what the minimum and maximum sizes were ? First time doing this wish me luck! Thx for your pattern an tutorial.
Date 5/8/2012 5:17:00 PM
ladyspangle
very clear instructions, thankyou!
Date 5/24/2012 8:09:00 AM
Dianne Sherlock
Great pattern but why can the pattern not be copied.It would be so much easier to follow the pattern while working on the piece. Can the pattern be bought. Thanks.
Date 9/2/2013
Irene
I purchased your materials to make a bracelet but I was wondering if I need different instructions to make a little girl's bracelet. She's 6.I have the materials for a while and just decided to attempt the bracelet. Instructions call for 8ft of cord. I have tried with regular string but it is very big. Any suggestions?
Date 9/5/2013
rachelle
Thanks for sharing this with us. Looking forward for more.
Date 9/8/2013
rachelle
Thanks for sharing this with us, i found it informative and interesting.
Date 12/4/2013
Carletta Collins
Can you please send me a copy of the Summer Shamballa Bracelet Kit~Light Sapphire to the above email address? Thank you very much for your time, Carletta

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