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Gulf Driftwood Bracelet

About this design:

I remember one Spring Break when Kevin and I were in college we went to AMI to visit my Aunt and Uncle. As we walked along the beach headed for the Bean Point we came across this magnificent driftwood root mass on its side completely adorned with seashells it had collected on its journey. I love the versatility of large hole pearls. I chose to string and knot on my favorite Natural Gray Leather Cord. It reminds me of the color of driftwood along the beach on AMI. The light sand porcelain and the aquamarine Czech glass are perfect paired with the pearls to complete this beach inspired Gulf bracelet. I plan to stack this bracelet with my Sweet Beachy Bracelet I made a couple years ago and perhaps a silver or bronze bangle.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 6 large hole pearls
  • 6 large hole Czech glass aquamarine w/ gold wash 8mm melons
  • 5 light sand porcelain large hole rounds 7x8mm
  • 2' natural gray 2mm leather cord
  • 1' natural gray 2mm leather cord
  • adhesive

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Layout your 15 beads prior to stringing. Start out by making an overhand knot 3.5" from the end of the cord. Then string on a bead and knot. Repeat this until you have strung all of your beads. Take your tail ends and cross them past each other. Take the 1' length of leather and make your sliding square knot closure. Once you have completed this closure, string on a Czech glass aquamarine bead and knot 2" from the closure. Repeat on the other tail.
Step 2:
The completed length of your bracelet before the adjustable knot clasp is 7-7.25". The adjustable knot is approximately .75". The each of the tails of the bracelet hang out of the adjustable knot 2".

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  1. N Taylor
    N Taylor says:

    very pretty

  2. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    This is wonderful Ali. And so is your story. I love the knots and the knotted closure. This will look great with the shells bracelet. The aquamarine melons are great.

  3. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Beautiful memory to keep alive with this wonderful bracelet. You chose a perfect selection of beads to honor the occasion. The leather & pearl combination is a fantastic look, and I’m so glad Lima is carrying these large holed pearls that are so hard to find. :)

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