In this tutorial learn how to make a simple knotted bracelet with recycled African Trade beads.
- Wire Cutters (Alternative: Scissors)
- African Brass Bicone Bead
- 1.5 mm Round Leather
- Recycled Glass Beads
You can alternatively use a pair of scissors to cut leather cord.
Take the long part of the leather cord and wrap around your index finger.
Make another wrap in front of the first wrap.
Slip your index finger out of the wraps
Weave the long part of the leather underneath the loop wraps.
Pull the longer part of the cord to tighten knot.
Tighten knot as much as possible.
Insert the short end into the first bead
Support the beaded part of the bracelet with index finger as the long cord is woven through under the wraps.
Tighten the knot by pulling on both sides leather cord and beaded side to have equal tightness.
Check for knot straightness.
Cut end tail.
Follow the knotting technique of step 5.
Each knot has two wraps
Check for straightness of bead and knot.
Check for length
Pinch this loop with your fingers to secure.
Create a knot under the loop you are holding.
Measure the size of the loop, making sure it still is 1/2 inch.
Adjust to fit the loop for African Bicone
- Be aware of the weak points of the leather by pulling on the stand if it will break before you use it.
Enjoy your bracelet. This knotting technique is very simple and can be applied to other beads. So have fun and don't forget to share your finished bracelets to us by tagging us on your social media.