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Soutache braid bracelet

Curve soutache around beads for a summer bracelet

I came upon this design by accident. I was designing a necklace and testing out a new technique. While I didn’t like how it looked as a necklace, I wrapped it around my wrist three times and voila! A great bracelet.

Supplies

Bracelet

  • 68–84 6 mm round beads
  • 4 ft. (1.3 m) soutache braid
  • ·nylon beading thread
  • 2 4 mm jump rings
  • 2 pinch ends
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose pliers
  • beading needle, size 10–12
  • sealant such as Mod Podge or Zap a Gap
Instructions:
Soutache braid bracelet 1
Step 1
Soutache braid bracelet 2
Step 2

1. Cut a 4-ft. (1.3 m) piece of soutache braid. On each end, apply sealant to prevent fraying, and allow to dry. Trim the sealed braid if necessary, and place it in a pinch end. Use chainnose pliers to fold over the prongs.

2. Cut a 24–36-in. (61–91 cm) piece of beading thread. Thread a needle. On the other end, tie an overhand knot and trim the excess thread. Next to the pinch end, sew through the center seam in the braid and string a bead.

 

Soutache braid bracelet 3
Step 3
Soutache braid bracelet 4
Step 4

3. Wrap the braid halfway around the bead and sew through, even with the bead hole. Repeat until the bracelet is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length, checking the fit as you go. To finish the thread, tie a few overhand knots close to the braid.

 4. Leaving about 1⁄2-in. (1.3 cm) for finishing, trim any excess cord. Apply sealant and attach a pinch end as in step 1. Open two jump rings. On each end, use a jump ring to attach half of a toggle clasp. Close the jump rings. 

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