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A Simple Knotted Bracelet

About this design:

So, I am still pretty new to the whole beading world and I have been trying to learn to knot between the beads...this was the first acceptable piece I made so far...

Components:

Ocean Jasper, Copper Toggle, Copper feathers, 4-ply waxed linen



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  1. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    Looks like you did quite well from my perspective. As with anything..the more you do it the better you get at it. Some tips…I didn’t learn until later on…always pre stretch your waxed linen…it has a tendency to stretch, especially if it gets wet. I always glue my end knots to keep them in place.

  2. Kimberlywilliams60
    Kimberlywilliams60 says:

    Beautiful work !! The feathers are a great touch

  3. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Love the earthy colors and the feathers are a wonderful addition.

  4. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Love this bracelet! Love your use of copper with the ocean jasper.

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    thegreenzebra says:

    Thank you guys! Sweetjane – thanks very much for those tips, I did notice with heavier beads the waxed linen cord did stretch, I was like “what the heck!” it was nice and tight when I first strung them…oh well, now I know better! Thanks!!!

  6. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    I’ve never used waxed linen but for the longest time I could not make knotted pearl strands. I saw different techniques and my pearls always had space in there. Then a bead shop owner showed me how to use long narrow tweezers to do it and it was so simple. Sometimes you just need the right tool or technique. But this looks well done to me.

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    thegreenzebra says:

    Thank you KR, so that’s what I ended up using here, some good quality, long narrow tweezers. It was getting easier the more I did it but now I know to stretch the linen cord first. I’ll give that a go and hopefully have better things to post!

  8. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Love the soft brown color of the ocean jasper beads and the feathers are a great finishing touch. The knots… Bravo!! You have conquered the dreaded “space between the knot and bead” problem.

    Learning to make knots between beads is on my to do list but I have stiff fingers so knot making may be deferred indefinitely.

  9. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    GZ, looks like you’ve been knotting for years! Love the neutral tones along with the copper feathers. Using a heavier ply linen will also makes the knots easier to manipulate–lesson I learned. It also gives a bit more visual between the beads. Just depends on what kind of look you’re going for. Great piece! :)

  10. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    GZ- you did a great job on knitting. I too, like LRC, have that on list of things to learn.my first few try’s were a hot mess. You did an excellent job. Love the fall colors!

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    thegreenzebra says:

    Thanks very much LRC, CC and Robin, you guys are so kind – if you had only seen the knots and spaces of my first attempts, I was ready to forget about the idea. But after keeping at it, I understood more of what I had to do to make the knots get snug with the stone. Now I love how it looks and flows and I want to keep doing it!
    CC – Thank you for the tip about heavier ply – I have some and will try it out. and thanks for the ‘knotting for years’ comment, lol :D
    Thank you guys!

  12. Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 says:

    Love the wonderful earthy colors you used….lovely bracelet!

  13. kye
    kye says:

    This would be a go to bracelet for me. I’d wear it a lot. So earthy and beautiful.

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