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Castaway Beaded Macrame Bracelet

About this design:

My inspiration for this bracelet was the California coast. Rocky, Pacific blues, mossy greens with some hip gunmetals. Using a sliding square knot closure gives the bracelet a cohesive look and makes it completely adjustable.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Tie knot at one end of your core strand and dab with glue or epoxy. Then string on a 6mm-ish size bead up to the knot. Take both working strands and together create an overhand knot around the core strand 3-4" from the bead and dab the knot with a bit of glue or epoxy. Clip knot the clipboard.
Step 2:
Make 4 square knots, then string bead onto core strand. Pull bead tightly up to knots and bring the working strands down and around the bottom of the bead. Make 2 square knots and add another bead, repeating until your desired length. This can be anywhere from 10-14 8mm beads, I used 10 8mm ceramic and 3 4mm gunmetal cubes.
Step 3:
Once you are finished adding beads to your bracelet, complete 4 square knots.
Step 4:
Finish off with an overhand knot using the working strands together around the core strand. Apply glue or epoxy to the knot.
Step 5:
String on a similar 6mm bead as used previously and tie a knot 3-4" from the overhand knot just made. Dab knot with glue or epoxy.
Step 6:
I chose to use the same 20# variegated hemp I used in the bracelet to make the sliding square knot closure. When your closure is complete gently hold onto it with one hand while using the other to pull the cords to tighten and loosen the bracelet.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Really, really cool idea!
    Love the earthy feel of this!

  2. Ali
    Ali says:

    Thanks Mary. This bracelet is so easy to make and the sliding knot closure can be used in so many places!

  3. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Gorgeous! Thank you for the step-by-step instructions! :D

  4. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Love your bracelet, Ali — the style and colors are perfect together! :D

    I’ve been making various styles of hemp woven bracelets for quite some time — love the many combos I can make! You are so right about the sliding knot closure, Ali! :D

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    Reet says:

    Awesome design!Love it very much!

  6. R abbott
    R abbott says:

    Ali, Thank you for sharing! I have been wanting to learn how to make the sliding closure and you make it soooo easy! How fun is your job!?!? You can tell you love what you do! So glad I checked out LIMA!!!!

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    Sheryl A says:

    Amazing work Ali keep it up!!!

  8. Kris
    Kris says:

    This would be a great way to use up mismatched beads!

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    Stacey w says:

    I’ve never used hemp before, could you tell me what weight I would order for this bracelet? Ali, your jewelry pieces are amazing, there isn’t one I don’t love!

  10. Pastor Gaga
    Pastor Gaga says:

    I just found Lima Beads and I’m in love! Can’t wait to dive into all the stuff that’s here!

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    nannirice58 says:

    this is beautiful can’t wait to order the products to make it with and make it thanks for showing me how. After I get It I hope the vidio is still up so I can make it

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    Jax luvs jewels says:

    Ali….I get the earthy feel too…my favorite pieces are earthy and yours is beautiful!! Great choice of beads.

  13. J Bracey
    J Bracey says:

    Love your instructions! Thank you…Do you think you might make video instructions in the future? That would be really nice as I learn better by watching the piece being made. :) ) Jeannie

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    Carlatherese says:

    Can’t wait to try the sliding closure for grandaughter’s bracelets.
    Could I use 1mm leather instead of the hemp? I’d like to use the blue leather I have.
    THANKS for directions. Very clear…I have to see it to do it.

  15. Jewel Mex
    Jewel Mex says:

    This is a great design. It can be made with every color under the sun AND glitter cord would look great for a little bling, festive for holidays. Love it. Ty for sharing such a
    useful design.

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    W Bonin says:

    Thanks for the instructions. I’ve never used hemp before however I will give this project a try.

  17. Madame le canard
    Madame le canard says:

    This design is so flexible! It can be adapted in so many ways, from changing out the stringing material and/or the beads, to changing colorways and dressing it up or down to one’s taste. So much can be done with it, but the basic instructions stay the same. Thank you, Ali!


  18. alohadm57
    alohadm57 says:

    Aloha Ali & Everyone Else That Loves Ali’s Designs & Creativity! I Make A lot of My Own Jewerly, From Stringing & Gold-Filled Wire & Gem & Semi-Presouse Mostly! I’ve done Very Well @ Selling Though a Store in East Hampton, N.Y., When I Lived There! @ That time 9-Years ago, & even Now, Turquoise & S/S Chunky Bracelets were Really, ” The It & In Thing “!!! I found that w/ $20.00 worth of materials & 20 min’s of My Time. They Sold Like ” Hot Cakes “, For $250.00 Ea. & I got 1/2 Of That in Cash!!! Anyways, When I was in My Late Teens I Worded @ a Hobbie Store & Teached Macrame Classes. But didn’t now then about making Jewlery? Its Come a Long Way sence All Those Owls w/ wooden bead eyes ( Lol!!! ) I am in My late 50′s, Retired & Living On The North Shore Of Oahu, Halewia, HI.. Now I am Going To Make Some Macrame & Bead Findings Bracelets!!! Mahalo For Sharing Ali!

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    N Sullivan says:

    This design is like the one i use it’s fabulous

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