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Level: Beginner
Estimated time: 4-5 Hours

Sand Dunes


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Project by Brittany Ketcham
Sample by Robin Tobias

Along ocean coastlines around the world, sand dunes can be found where off-shore winds have pushed the sand away from the waves. We wonder how far the sand traveled to arrive at that place...waiting for someone to recline among its recesses out of the wind.

Robin was inspired by a walk along the beach in Half Moon Bay, California. She created a stunning 7-wrap bracelet that celebrates the cycle of life in our oceans and how we are all responsible for protecting our coastlines. Using just three types of beads, a button, leather and some cord, she has created a design we hope you’ll enjoy making and wearing for years to come.

To help you complete this project:
  1. Watch the video by Brittany (See the VIDEO tab above)
  2. Review the Project Map below with bird’s eye view of the design
  3. Download Tricks to Laddering Handout (PDF)
Review our Skill Builders: How to Secure a Project to a Board, How to Ladder, How to Add a Thread to a Laddering Project.
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Project Map

The Sand Dune Sample is a 7-wrap design that measures 49 inches in length from the button shank to the end of the button loop. It will fit up to a 7 inch wrist. Cut your leather 108 inches in length (3 yards). The Ingredients are NOT enough to make two bracelets, but will leave you with leftover beads if you need to ladder to fit a larger wrist.

A challenge of making a multiple-wrap design is allowing enough room for the beads to move a bit as they circle your wrist. We ladder beads to leather when the project is secured to a board and straight, but when we wrap it multiple times in a circle around the wrist the beads need more room to breathe or they will start to pop out of place...which we hate! As you are laddering make sure not to overtighten and crowd the beads too close together when they are side-by-side. Taking the time to check the tension before you end the piece will make all the difference in the world.

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