Happy Tuesday My Friends!
I wanted to show you a fun and slightly different way to use stretch cord for bracelets. Rather than only using stretch cord, I wanted to think outside the bead box for a second and add a linking component to the stretch cord. It look a little thinking about how to run the stretch cord so I would not have to use two different sections.
I created the knotted leather figure 8’s last week so they were on top of the pile on my table. I was going to use them as necklace charm holders, but they became focals for this batch of bracelets. You could also use metal connectors if they have smooth edges that won’t fray the stretch cord.
1) I cut a long length of cord and tied it to one side of the leather link. Then, I doubled the stretch cord over and strung the beads on the doubled strands. You need to have beads with an ample hole size to string two strands of stretch cord through. (The pearl bracelet is not a stretch cord bracelet. It is knotted on S-lon bead cord – but it looked great with the set)!
2) Once I strung on all the beads, I ran both ends of the stretch cord around the other end of the leather infinity link and pulled the beads tight. 3). Next, I ran the doubled cord back through the last bead again so the knot would not be visible on the leather link.
4) I tied an overhand knot with both strands of stretch and then I took each strand of cord apart and tied two more overhand knots together around the main strand. I tested it and pulled it tight. 5) I finished it with a dot of GS Hypo Cement, leaving it to dry for about 30 minutes. The knot is hiding between the last two beads.
I used Stretch Magic in a .5mm. I also like powercord from Fire Mountain Gems. Don’t forget to finish off your knots with a bit of GS Hypo. I Love the precision tip applicator for getting just a little bit of adhesive in a tiny space!
I’m sending you warm thoughts today. It’s going to be close to 80 degrees here in Northern VA. Just beautiful.