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Level: Intermediate
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Strong Point- Bronze

Project and Sample by Janice Parsons

Falling in love with a bead is not that easy for Janice after 40+ years in the bead biz...so when she saw this Bronzed Hematite, she knew immediately what she wanted to make: a delicious 5 wrap in a new pattern of 1-2-1-2. Luckily, there are just enough beads on 2 strands to make a 5 wrap ladder bracelet for her wrist (6-¾”). With just 4 ingredients, you can make a really fun wrap bracelet.

For quick and easy one-stop ingredient shopping, click the SHOP tab above! Note: When selecting Tuff Cord, please make sure you choose Tuff Cord #3 before you add it to your cart.

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:
Bronzed Hematite Faceted Rondelle- 4.2mm
$14.95 USD
Elizabeth- Brass
$3.95 USD
Brown - Tuff Cord
$4.75 USD
Metallic Pyrite- 1.5mm Indian
$7.25 USD
GS Hypo Cement
$5.35 USD
Organza Gift Bag- Toffee
$1.75 USD
Eurotool Ultra Flush Cutters
$37.95 USD
Project Tray Inserts
$10.25 USD
Deep Dish Project Tray
$19.95 USD
Project Map


Project Notes:

The Bronze 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. 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 (see closeup photo). 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, 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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