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Strong Point - Calico


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Project by Janice Parsons
Sample by Robin Tobias

Arranged into a pattern resembling a calico cloth, this Strong Point spin-off takes this project concept to a new level. Simply by adding an alternating arrangement of silver beads with hematite, the look of Original Strong Point changes. Robin also decided to keep it a 3 wrap (See explanation below), but you do have enough ingredients to make it a 4 wrap.

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.

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Bamboo Silhouette- Antique Silver
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Distressed Denim- 1.5mm Indian
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Azure Hematite
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Little Shadows- Silver Plate
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Navy - Tuff Cord
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Flexible Eye Needles- 10 pack
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Xuron Thread & Cord Scissor
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Eurotool Ultra Flush Cutters
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Project Tray Inserts
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Deep Dish Project Tray
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Project Notes:

The Calico sample is 22 inches long.

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

  1. Robin chose to make Calico as a 3 wrap bracelet because when she was stringing, four wraps started looking too heavy for her wrist. However, if you want to make it a 4 wrap, you have enough beads. For a 3 wrap, cut 2 yards of leather. For a 4 wrap, cut 2-1/2 yards.
  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 1 hematite bead. Your second row is 1 hematite bead and 1 silver bead, and then it is rows of the 3 bead pattern as seen in 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 one row of 1 hematite bead and 1 silver bead, and then the final row is just 1 hematite bead (Photo C).
  6. 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 earlier handouts and videos we have recommended using Thread Burners to cauterize cord. 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 that 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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