I'm back! Yes, I haven't posted a tutorial in a long time, very busy.
These literally come together in minutes flat. I didn't even bother to braid the ends, and used these more of like a friendship-style bracelet.
You can even add beads, or crystals to fancy them up.
The pearls I used are from Prima Beads. Great selection of beads, findings, other goodies and free shipping! Mixing pearls with the metal and the floss creates a cool mix of textures. Great for layering for the summer. They are delicate and mix well because of the simplicity of the bracelets.
Step 1: Gather materials. All that's needed are scissors, pliers, embroidery floss, and thick wire (maybe like 16 or 18 gauge, just make sure it is thick and doesn't bend that easily). Beads too if you want to
Step 2: I cut about 3" of my wire and looped each end. If you have smaller or larger wrists you can cut accordingly, adding or subtracting an inch. Cut about 1 foot of your floss, and bend in half. Cut another foot and fold in half again. These will be your tying pieces.
Step 3: I went outside and gently hammered my wire piece like in the Perched Harmonies necklace. Go easy with it, not totally flat, just enough to give it some texture. You don't have to hammer it, you can keep it plain, or mix and match hammered bangles with regular wire ones to mix the texture. After hammering, bend it around a glass or bottle to give it an arched shape.
Step 4: Take one of your floss pieces, and thread it through the loop 'till the folded part: tie a knot here to secure the thread onto the wire. Repeat with the other side.
Finished already! See how easy it is? The hammering gives it a little texture as seen in the picture.
I made another one with one pearl, a whole pearl-beaded one, a thicker gold one, and then the hammered one. The mixing of metals is very chic-looking.
To wear, simply tie-on in the back. Give these out as friendship bracelets with their favorite color floss!
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