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Glacier at Sunset


About this design:

Another one. :) I learned the hard way that the best stones to use are square ended cylinders of no more that about 8 mm across. I intentionally have leather peaking out between the braid. You can also shove the braid strands closer together to hide the leather completely. I want to see the leather.

Components:

Chalcedony, leather cord, 2 holed seed beads, waxed linen, button.

Additional Images:

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Cut about 3 feet of waxed linen, tie a slip knot at half, tie a double knot 1/2 inch from the non-slide side and 1/4 inch from the sliding side. Attach stones, matched for length, to each side with a double knot between. End each half with another slip knot 1 inch from the end.
Step 2:
Cut about 26-30 inches of leather cord (I use 2mm), slip in through a button and tie a knot. Then slide the slip knot in the middle of the stone strand up the leather, over the knot, and to the button. Pull tight.
Step 3:
Cut 9 feet of waxed linen for the braid, make a slip knot at half, slid this up the leather in the same manner and pull tight.
Step 4:
Attach button to a clipboard. Cross each strand of the braiding linen behind the leather so they are now on opposite sides coming from under the leather.
Step 5:
Bring right linen strand OVER the right side leather and the linen from the stone strand, and pass it UNDER the leather and linen on the left. You are braiding the stone strand in right here.
Step 6:
Take the left side braiding linen, over the left leather and linen and under the right leather and linen.
Step 7:
Pull tight.
Step 8:
Continue this right side-left side braid.
Step 9:
Until you get to the first knot in the stone strands.
Step 10:
Slide a 2 holed seed bead onto both strands and pull tight.
Step 11:
This actually helps you hold it all taut.
Step 12:
Take the right side linen strand clockwise around the knot in the right stone strand, bring it from under the knot to over the right leather and under the left leather.
Step 13:
Do the opposite for the left side.
Step 14:
Pull tight and move the stone strands to the sides. You are going to continue braiding just leather now.
Step 15:
Braid down the leather until you get to the next knot.
Step 16:
Repeat the seed bead step.
Step 17:
Repeat the right side around-the-knot step.
Step 18:
Repeat the left side around-the-knot step.
Step 19:
Continue braiding down the leather.
Step 20:
Continue adding seed beads and wrapping in the stone strands at each knot.
Step 21:
At the last knot, repeat the process, then flip the piece over. Take the 2 ends with slip knots and tie the in a double knot over the back side. This will keep the Braid from slipping off the knots.
Step 22:
Slide the leather through the slip knots.
Step 23:
Pull the slip knots tight.
Step 24:
Braid the loose ends from the slip knots into the braid along with the leather on each side.
Step 25:
Knot the ends of the linen over the leather.
Step 26:
Knot the leather, add seed beads to the dangling strands and wear. :)


Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    This one is my fav. Love the chalcedony.
    I can’t even make a braid in my hair… NO WAY I’ll try braiding leather and waxed linen and stones and a button!!! ;)

  2. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Did you look at the step-by-step? I ended up with 26 steps! :)

  3. Asia
    Asia says:

    This is so cool, thanks for the tutorial, you are a patient person, I would end up in a mess :D

  4. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    It was kind of fun in a twisted way. :) I ended up taking at least twice as many pictures as I used here so it took me all afternoon. Got me outside working on the deck, though, so that was good. Problem was my dog was with me and we had a ton of people with dogs walking past and he had to bark at each and every one. Crabby old coot neighbor has already threatened my husband for the barking. We hate that guy.

  5. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Awesome tutorial Becky, thank you! I’m going to try one right away. I don’t have waxed linen, maybe C-Lon would work?

  6. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Yes, but it will be slipperier. The wax really makes this easy because you can let go.

  7. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    That’s true, thanks Becky. Oh yeah, I don’t have any super duos either. :(

  8. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Tell you what, you pick a color and if I have some, I will send you enough of linen and superduos. Pay it forward when you can. :)

  9. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    You’re the sweetest Becky!

  10. Laud
    Laud says:

    LOVE the bracelet! That chalcedony is stunning. Thanks for the tutorial–clear and complete. Neat technique.

  11. T Paul
    T Paul says:

    Wow, the patience you must have! It turned out beautiful and I love the stones!

  12. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    Wow, great tutorial, I admire your talent.

  13. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Your tutorial is awesome Becky. I cant believe you sat there and took a photo of each and every step!! You rock!!… and roll!!
    I love the chalcedony in this one. I think I have those same nuggets
    You are definitely right about the c-lon slipping. That stuff is almost impossible to braid with…unless you have 3 hands. Same with s-lon.

  14. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Oh yeah…sorry about the crabby neighbor complaining avout the dog barking.

  15. Becca W
    Becca W says:

    Awesome tut, and such a unique design, Becky – so kind of you to take the time to do instructions on it for us! I’ve “faved this” to revisit another time when I’m feeling ultra patient! :)

  16. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Wow! Thanks for doing the tut. I don’t know if ole fumble thumbs ought to try this or not, but the end result is fantastic!

  17. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Thanks all!!! PLEASE NOTE: I found a mistake in measurement in the tut. The leather must be DOUBLE the 15 inches. I changed it to 26-30 inches. The range reflects how many knots you want to tie. I made this one a little too short-I intended to tie an extra knot at the end. The added size of the nuggets ate up some of the leather length.

  18. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Deb~ thanks for the condolences about the neighbor. He was out there with his whining power tools and a radio blaring while Zeus was barking. My dog only barks at traffic past our yard (a dog’s instinct to guard) but for a couple of hours there were lots of dog walkers. Seriously, power tools AND the radio so loud I can hear all the words to the songs and he complains about my dog??? And he threatens us with “we are calling the cops and your dog will be taken away”. and then he says he is just being a good neighbor. yeah. Our back yard abuts his yard by his garage. He is retired and threatens everyone. Now we are considering selling our house.

  19. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    First he cant get you dog taken. You will only get a citation/ticket…at least that is how NC works. Plus if he complained about your dog and then he goes out and makes that much noise then you have your own complaint to make. According to our community watch officer you can call anytime you find your neighbor’s noise disruptive. If you can hear it in your house especially!!

  20. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Becky, I love this design, And the tute is fabulous!

    Dot let the old fuddy duddy get to you! He has no leg to stand on…he himself is disturbing the peace!

  21. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    This is a wonderful design! Thanks for the tute Becky!

  22. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Great design and tutor!

  23. No Photo
    BeadWitchedSara D says:

    What a rotten complaining neighbor!!!! Dogs are supposed to bark . . .that is one of there primary jobs . . . to converse with other dogs who go by, to protect his or her humans and household.

    Thanks for your tutorial . . . I’m gonna save this to try someday.

    BTW, I really like the title of this piece . . . I think those orangeish pieces of leather must be the sunset. Looks like such a simple piece and easy to put together, but as one goes through the tute, it is also plain to see how tricky it really is. THANKS!!!

  24. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Thanks, Sara! If you use waxed thread, you can take your time and backtrack if you have to because it is so nice and sticky. Once you do one, you will see they are not so hard. I added those slip knot steps because it makes attaching things at each end so much easier and is a sleeker knot.

  25. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Whoa Mama! I was loving the bracelet,and then I scrolled over the tut. This sure is in a class by itself. Respect to you,for your patience.
    It’s a jaw dropper. Those chunky chalcedony are delish!!

  26. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    :-D Thank you so much! Coming from you that really means a lot!!

  27. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    This is so neat. Thanks for the tute, Becky! I’m not very good at directions, I usually need to see the process in real life….It seems like you are doing a fishtail braid, and adding the beads as you go?

  28. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Yes. you got it!

  29. A Pearl Crown
    A Pearl Crown says:

    A lovely design which I shall try (make) very soon. Perhaps with Enya music and a wee bit of wine (or do I mean tea).

  30. No Photo
    S Roper says:

    Love your design. Studied your tutorial step by step. May do this design. I have a lot of S-Lon on hand so maybe waxing the cords first might be a handy trick for others who also work with S-Lon or C-Lon.

  31. Heni
    Heni says:

    Always found it boring to make bracelet but, this one goes to another level. Love it and will try the same with some rose quartz that I have. Thanks

  32. Lavenderbabe
    Lavenderbabe says:

    Beautiful bracelet. Love the chalcedony. The pictures turned out fabulous. Thanks for taking to trouble to make such clear and thorough step-by-step photos. It’s a lot of work to do that. You chose a perfect background too. Bummer about the neighbor. Labs are brilliant dogs, and they love learning things. You can teach your dog not to bark, the dog will love the attention, and then you won’t have to listen to your barking neighbor. Win-win.

  33. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Thanks, Lavenderbabe. :) Our dog is one of those high-strung, people-phobic, rescued dogs that have been traumatized. He is half coon hound so his bark is more loud howl than woof and that’s what ticks off the neighbor. We have been working with the dog a ton to get him to shush. He does listen but his instinct to warn off “intruders” is very strong due to the abuse he suffered as a puppy. We can only keep at the training but our vet thinks it will be very difficult to eliminate the barking completely. Thanks for the tip and your concern. :) The neighbor just yesterday swore at another neighbor’s child who was walking their dog past his property. The old man is just a supreeme crab.

  34. Lavenderbabe
    Lavenderbabe says:

    You’re a special person and you have a special dog. I really admire what you’re doing. Sorry about the neighbor.
    I love your designs. You’re a true artist.

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