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2 Row Tagua Nut Link Bracelet

About this design:

As soon as we got these tagua nut links, I could hear them screaming "make me into a bracelet!!" :) By joining them with Vintaj etched jump rings I was able to create a Tagua chain cuff bracelet, then I had to figure out the clasp. A leather sliding square knot closure seemed like the perfect choice, so off I went to create my summer bracelet.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 10 Tagua nut oval links
  • 3 Tagua nut large hole rondelles 3x6
  • 35 Vintaj Natural Brass jump rings 7.25mm
  • 32 Vintaj Natural Brass etched jump rings 9.5mm
  • 2 Tagua nut round beads 9mm
  • 3' 1.5mm or 2mm leather cord
  • chain nose and bent nose pliers
  • adhesive like hypo cement

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Begin your bracelet design by laying out the links where you want them to go. This is really helpful when you start linking up each piece with jump rings.
Step 2:
Connect all the links in each row together. You should end up with 2 separate Tagua nut link chains.
Step 3:
Create the jump ring chains that are used to connect the 2 rows of Tagua link chain together. Link together as follows:
1 ring - 2 rings - 2 rings - 2 rings - 1 ring
You will need to make 4 of these.
Step 4:
The single ring on each end is what attaches to the etched jump ring between the links. Attach your newly made jump ring chains to the top side of the etched jump rings on the bracelet.
Step 5:
Create a sliding square knot closure using leather cord. Make it independent from the bracelet, you will add it in at the end. You will need: 24" for your working strands, and 2 9" lengths for your core strands
Attach and secure 2 etched jump rings to the end of a working strand by using an overhand loop knot. Repeat on the other working strand.
Begin your square knot around the working strands, see the tip & technique on Using the Sliding Square Knot.
Step 6:
Make a chain using the etched jump rings - 1 ring - 2 rings - 2 rings
Make this 4 times and attach the 1 ring end to each of the remaining ends of the links. Join the ends together to form a triangle attaching to the 2 jump rings on the sliding square knot clasp. Repeat at the other end.

Buy Products from this Design

Natural Antique Brown Round Leather Cord 1.5mm
per foot: $0.40
Natural Antique Brown Round Leather Cord 2mm
per foot: $0.40

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Kate
    Kate says:

    Very cool! Love the look of the whole piece and love how you got these beads, hemp macrame AND chain maille all into one piece!! :-)

  2. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Another gorgeous piece Ali!

  3. Asia
    Asia says:

    What a cool design :D

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    Susann B says:

    I love it! Are the Tagua Beads as shiny as on the pic’s?

  5. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Ali, how big did the finishing piece turn out to be?

  6. Kate
    Kate says:

    @Susann B– all the Tagua nuts have been polished up & are very smooth, so they do appear to have a little shine when the light hits just right

  7. Ali
    Ali says:

    Thanks everyone!!
    The length of this bracelet is just over 7.5″. It can get larger though since the sliding square knot as a closure allows for expansion. If you want a smaller size, I recommend taking out a link from each row. Hope that helps! :-)

  8. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Yes it does Ali, thanks. My wrist might be 6″ if that with a clasp. Just wish everything else on me was that tiny. :)

  9. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Very cool…..glad they are on sale this week!

  10. Old Beaded Lady Chris
    Old Beaded Lady Chris says:

    Wow Ali…..I’m going nuts over your creation !!!
    Love the colors and the design.

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    Annp says:

    I love this bracelet, but I am at step 5 and I think I’m confusing myself. Is there 1- 24″ working strand or 2? I watched the tip & technique for the Sliding Square Knot and I have that down. I’m having trouble with whether the 9″ core strands have the jump rings and beads on them the working strands have them on them, also are there a total of 4 jump rings, 2 at each end or 1 at each end? I have myself very confused, old age is grand sometimes.

  12. Ali
    Ali says:

    I’m glad you are trying to make it!
    Yes, there is one 24″ working strand, you need to double it over or fold it in half. Then lay your two 9″ working strands in the fold and begin your square knotting.

    Each core strand should be as follows:
    core strand A: bead on the left end, 2 jump rings on the right end
    core strand B: jump rings on the left end, 2 jump rings on the right end

    The beads on the core strands are used as the pulls for tightening your bracelet. The jump rings are used to attach the leather to the rest of the bracelet.

    I hope this helps clear things up :-)

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    L Sikora says:

    This is beautiful, I really like it.

  14. SYD Sydney H
    SYD Sydney H says:

    I guess I am a day late and a dollar short; I can’t find the Tagua nut links for this bracelet; only the open rounds.

  15. Cat Bird Birdsong
    Cat Bird Birdsong says:

    I miss the Tagua nut links also. I got a few last year when you had them–they flew out your door. Any idea as to when they might be back?

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    kstricjland says:

    Where can I get the oval links? It does not say anything about the main element.

  17. Moogie
    Moogie says:

    They are long gone! There haven’t been any tagua nut beads here in years. You might find some at Antelope Beads or search Etsy & Ebay…

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