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A Burst of Sunshine

About this design:

Found something similar on the beadshop site. It is my first 5 wrap beaded bracelet. Now I know why they are so expensive. Took me some hours.


Sundance Red Leather 1.5MM cord, 4MM perals, copper rondelles and carnelian beads with a sort of rectangle button.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
So I began by putting my button on first and then I laddered stitched without needles which took even more time. I would suggest using Ali's technique. I strung 7 Inches of pearls, then seven inches of copper pyrite rondelles, and seven inches of carnelian beads, then 7 Inches of pearls and ended with 7 inches of copper rondelles. I love it. Hope you do too.

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  1. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Beautiful color choices.
    These bracelets do take a good amount of time.
    I too recommend ali’s technique. i just bought c-lon to try w/ out a needle but after your comment i don’t want to spend anymore time than it does.

  2. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Gorgeous! I have gone to collapsible needles. this is very nice (but very time consuming)! Love your choices!!

  3. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Wow that is nice. I really have got to learn the ladder stitch.

  4. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Puppychick I started w collapsible. I have found stiff needles work much smoother and quicker. collapsible is best w pearl and gemstones which have smaller holes

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    I love the wrapped leather cord bracelets. I made a double wrap one and it took me about 3 hours….I dont have patience for anything longer LOL Yours looks great!

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    I forgot to add…If anyone is interested, I found a great photo tutorial for this bracelet. Just message me and let me know and I will send the link to your email.

  7. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Lovely colors….I am so dying to try to make one of these but….do I need another thing!! YES>>>>

  8. Lisa LaBarre-Kurz
    Lisa LaBarre-Kurz says:

    Yes I also beaded them on with Apricot KO thread for my 5 wrap A Burst of Sunshine bracelet

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    Marion C says:

    very cool. you are my 5 wrap hero. Did you use one continuous piece of thread?? If not, how did you connect more threads to complete 5 wraps? Thanks for posting the bracelet.

  10. Frida
    Frida says:

    Beautiful work!

  11. Lisa LaBarre-Kurz
    Lisa LaBarre-Kurz says:

    To Marion C, Yes I did use a complete long piece of thread, at times difficult, but I just took my time.

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    Marion C says:

    Holy cow. Thanks Lisa for the answer and inspiration. Though I’ll probably end up bound like a mummy if I try it.

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    Pamela L says:

    Inspired greatly by your design and wanting to try 1.
    Everytime I find one they have all used different thread. Please comment on threads you like. Thank you and keep up the great work!

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    J Todero says:

    Love the color assortment!

  15. Charmed4Life aka Marysu
    Charmed4Life aka Marysu says:

    Yes, these bracelets are time consuming to say the least! But you have this beautiful result!! Time well spent!!

  16. Lisa LaBarre-Kurz
    Lisa LaBarre-Kurz says:


  17. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Congrats on the sales! (and best wishes for a quick recovery for your husband!)

  18. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:


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    drhouck1 says:

    I have a question! I have taught and made several of these bracelets – what is causing the end to curl; and / or part of the bracelet – anyone having this trouble? thanks. Donna Houck

  20. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    If I am understanding your question correctly.
    For me this is what I have found the following possible reasons
    if both cords are not laying flat in the beginning after the knot has been tied.

    if the cords are not pulled taut (sp) evenly to start and do the ladder stitch. ( I use a clip board and pull the leather taught and clip to the board with a binder clip)

    It is very frustrated to be part way through and see the curling….
    Hope this helps.

  21. Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick
    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    I love the layers of beads! Very pretty!

    Peggy, Donna – the clipboard reminds me of my macrame days back in the 70′s. great idea!
    I have a stiff box with low sides with a foam pad in the bottom. I’ll smooth out the leather and clip both ends down. The box is great because you can keep the beads close at hand.
    I got rubber tipped clips at the bead store, but have been known to use clothespins and electrical clips.

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    A Woodson says:

    Could someone direct me to “Ali’s technique” for this? I saw a couple of people refer to it. If I am using 4mm gemstones, would c-lon D be too thick? I read that you don’t use needles with it but I don’t really understand how that works? Could I use a needle? and if so, what size/type? Thanks in advance :) I’m new to this.

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    A Woodson says:

    I found Ali’s tutorial, but I’m still wondering about the thread and needle size. I just made a wrap bracelet and had quite a bit of trouble with the smaller beads I used, but I don’t know what size my thread or needle is.

  24. kittydoc
    kittydoc says:

    Where is Ali’s tutorial, please?

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    A Woodson says:

    M Kraeszig, here is Ali’s ladder stitch tutorial:
    Good luck! :)

  26. Lisa LaBarre-Kurz
    Lisa LaBarre-Kurz says:

    Ladies, I use the KO thread for the 4MM beads and the 6MM beads, of course it is easier with the larger beads and I can whip them out pretty fast now but just take your time with the smaller beads and the Needleless thread. i however did order a 4 MM beads and could not get the thread in even with a needle. Was greatly disappointed.

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