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Strong Point - Blue Lotus


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Project by Janice Parsons
Sample by Robin Tobias

The color of sky and water is also the color of the sacred blue lotus of Egypt. In this Strong Point sample, the magical aura of blue is ever-present in these intensely cerulean beads against the backdrop of cobalt leather…just a study in an amazing hue!

Please scroll down to the Project Map before you start beading. Measurements, sample tips, and links to learning are all listed in the Project Notes below the Map.

The Learning you’ll want to review:
Tea Leaves- Antique Silver
$3.95
Caribbean Blue- 1.5 Greek
$11.95
Peacock Hematite
$14.95
Navy - Tuff Cord
$4.35
Flexible Eye Needles- 10 pack
$4.25
GS Hypo Cement
$5.75
Xuron Thread & Cord Scissor
$19.95
Eurotool Ultra Flush Cutters
$37.95
Project Tray Inserts
$10.25
Deep Dish Project Tray
$19.95
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Project Notes:

The Blue Lotus sample is 35 inches long.

It is intended as a 5 wrap bracelet fitting a 6½- 7 inch wrist.

  1. Start by cutting your leather 3 yards in length. This 5 wrap uses every bead on two strands of hematite beads. If your wrist is larger than 7 inches, you may need to add a second button loop or extend the pattern to the desired length.
  2. String the button to the middle of your leather and secure it to your board.
  3. Cut 5 yards of Tuff Cord #3 and macramé several square knots below the button (Photo A). Review How to Ladder and How to Macramé, if you’re new to these techniques.
  4. Begin laddering your first row with just one bead. Continue with a pattern of: 2-1-2-1 (Photo B). As you ladder, if you run low on Tuff Cord, review How to Add Thread to a Laddering Project to add more cord. Be sure to try on your project before ending it.
  5. End your laddering with a last row of just one bead. If you want to make a longer bracelet for a larger wrist, you can extend the length with the same number of beads by doing a pattern of: 1-1-2-1-1. For additional length, you can also add a second macramé button loop.
  6. When ending (Photo C), macramé after your last bead about 4 complete square knots. Be sure to coat the last two knots with GS Hypo Cement. Allow the glue to dry before cutting the Tuff Cord tails off. In older handouts and videos we have recommended using a Thread Burner to cauterize thread. We don’t feel this is still necessary. If you use glue appropriately and cut your thread carefully, your jewelry is secure. Just don’t cut into your macramé knots!
  7. Check the button will fit through the opening of the leather tails before you macramé the second loop. Repeat Step 6. Use your cutters to cut away excess leather.
  8. Note: When selecting Tuff Cord from the SHOP TAB above, please make sure you choose Tuff Cord #3 before you add it to your cart! 
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