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Zipper Bracelet Tutorial

Posted by Johnnie on 11/21/2012 to Bead School

Bracelet Materials Needed

  • 24" of 1.5mm Leather cord
  • 6' of 0.8mm Knotting Cord
  • 1 Button
  • 1 Tube of Miyuki 3mm Cubes

Tools and Supplies Needed

  • GS Hypo Cement
  • Clip Board
  • Nipper Tool
  • Lighter or Thread Zap Tool
  • Binder Clips (2)

Preparation

Take both ends of your knotting cord and glue about 1" of each end. Let dry, and cut on an angle.

Instructions

Step 1
Start by running your leather cord through your button and centering the cord. Now that you have 2 equal lengths of cord, clip your button to the top of you clipboard, and your 2 pieces of leather cord to the bottom of your clipboard using binder clips. (should look like the picture below before moving on)


Step 2a
We are now going to start our square knots. Run your 0.8mm knotting cord under both of your leather cords, leavings 42" on the right side, and 30" on the left side. Now lets begin our first knot (anchor knot)
  • Right knotting cord over leather cord, and under left knotting cord.
  • Left knotting cord under leather and up through the loop. Grab both ends of your cord and pull tightly.

Step 2b
Not that you have your anchor knot, we will add 3 additional knots
  • Take your left knotting cord over the leather cord, and under the right knotting cord.
  • Now your right knotting cord under the leather cord, and up thru your loop.
  • Pull Tight!
  • Now take your right knotting cord over the leather cord, and under the left knotting cord.
  • Now take your left knotting cord under the leather cord, and up thru your loop.
  • Pull Tight!
  • Now take your left knotting cord over the leather cord, and under the right knotting cord.
  • Now your right knotting cord under the leather cord, and up thru your loop.
  • Pull Tight!


Step 3
Release your button from the clip board, and push your knots close to your button. Clip your button back onto your clipboard. Pull Cords Tightly.

Step 4
On your long piece of knotting cord, load your beads (approx 75 for a 7" bracelet). Tie a loose knot at the bottom to keep your beads from falling off.

Step 5
Push one bead up and take your right cord over the leather and under your left side cord. Now take your left cord under the leather and up through the loop. Pull tight!

Step 6
Push up another bead, now take your left cord over your leather and under your right cord. Take your right cord under your your leather and through the loop. Pull Tight!

Step 7
Repeat Steps 5 and 6 until you have your desired length.
Step 8
After adding your last bead, you'll make 3 more square knots (the same way you did in step 2b).

Step 9
Unhook your bracelet from the clip board.

Step 10
Measure out a hole to fit the button you've choosen.

Step 11
Tie a knot with your leather, pull tight.

Step 12
Glue your knotting cord knot.

Step 13
Glue your leather cord knot.

Step 14
Let dry. Nip off excess cord. Wear!

Comments

Date 8/9/2013
Cheryl Ellis
Hi, I just ordered this with the bicone crystals and there is no way that the knotting cord will fit through them. I was wondering if there were a narrower cord to use. Thanks, Cheryl
Date 8/18/2013
Mary Futchko
Just followed your directions, as usual you make following them very easy. Thanks

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