In this tutorial learn how to make a simple knotted bracelet with recycled African Trade beads.
- Wire Cutters (Alternative: Scissors)
- African Hammered Bacon
- 1.5 mm Round Leather
- Recycle African Trade Beads
Gather your materials such as the round leather, recycled trade beads, African hammered bicone, as well tools.
You can alternatively use a pair of scissors to cut leather cord.
Measure 45 inches of round leather and cut.
Insert the African hammered bicone to the leather cord.
Measure 1 1/2 inch at the end of leather cord towards the first bead.
Pinch the ends of the bicone beads, leaving the short end on top and the long part at the bottom
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 first recycled bead.
Insert the short end into the first bead
Follow the the knotting technique of Step 5
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.
Insert the next glass bead.
Follow the knotting technique of step 5.
Each knot has two wraps
Check for straightness of bead and knot.
Check for length
From end of the last bead, measure a loop of 1/2 inch.
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
After adjust ing the loop and tightening the lat knot cut the end tail of the round leather 1/4 inch away from the last knot.
- 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.