Friday, January 20, 2012

Hex Bracelets

I’m at it again, stealin’ Dad’s tools for a much prettier and arguably more functional purpose.

The Fixin’s:
Hex nuts – Any size and amount you’d like. I used about 30 on each bracelet.
Twine, ribbon or leather string – 3 yards per bracelet.
Spray paint – optional, depending what color you want your beads.

What To Do:
Prep: Spray paint your hex bolts well in advanced. Mine took a couple layers, with a solid day of drying before I used them.

Step 1: Cut 3, 1 yard strands of your preferred string type and secure the ends of one side together with tape or a lose knot. Pin the secured end to the top of your work space. I safety pinned it to a pillow which worked well, mostly because it allowed me to keep my butt glued to the couch so I could watch endless hours of FRIENDS…a personal goal I had this week. Which, by the way, I accomplished!

Step 2*: Braid from the secured end, your desired length, until you’d like your bolts to appear. For me, this was about 2 inches.

Step 3: When you’re ready to start adding the beads, string the first hex nut onto the left strand and cross its end to the middle.

Step 4: String the second hex nut onto the right strand and cross it to the middle, over the left strand.

Step 5: String the 3rd hex nut onto the non-beaded strand, which is now on the left, and cross in into the middle.

Step 6: Repeat steps 3 – 5 until you’ve achieved your desired length. Once that’s done, braid the remaining tail of your string and tie off. You can then trim your ends to fit your preference. I left mine long enough to wrap around the wrist twice, once with the hex nuts and then again just as a braid.

*Another alternative to the standard braid is the Hemp Knot, which I used here.

It’s as simple as the braid.

Step 1: Start by separating your strands into a left, middle and right position.

Step 2: Take the left strand and cross the end over top of the middle and right strand.

Then bring it underneath the right and middle strand, and pull it back out.

Basically, you are tying a knot around the middle and right strand with the left one.

Step 3: Repeat step 2 with the right stand; and then again with the left side. Do this until you’ve achieved the length you desire then tie off.

And that's all there is to it. Nice work! Or, in the words of Ross, "Hot Stuff!!!"

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