Whipped up the hex-nut braid bracelet that’s been floating around Tumblr. I really love the way it looks.
It took me a lot longer than I expected to complete! Part of that was my own fault; I wanted to use a royal blue crochet cotton instead of regular twine, and the cotton was so thin that I actually had to braid strands of it in order to make a cord thick enough to make the bracelet with. So I had to start out by making three braids, which took time because I wanted to make them fairly tight.
It was also harder than I thought to keep it straight. Once you threaded a nut completely on, you needed to keep your thumb there to hold it in place. Ultimately what I wound up doing was wrapping tape around the ends of the strands to make a stiff tip; then I’d use the tip to kind of stab into the center of the hex nuts, so I didn’t need two hands to thread them on. I kept my left thumb at the top to keep everything tight, and used my right hand to stab into a nut, then bring the strand up above my head and let gravity do the work of bringing the nut down to where my thumb was. Then — (this was important) — when I had to slide the nut into place behind the protective barrier of where my thumb was, I ONLY let go of the strand that the new nut was on. (I found that lifting up my thumb entirely to settle everything together was a surefire way to let everything fall out of order.)
Anyway, it’s a pretty simple concept once you find a comfortable way to keep everything tight! I recommend trying it.

Whipped up the hex-nut braid bracelet that’s been floating around Tumblr. I really love the way it looks.

It took me a lot longer than I expected to complete! Part of that was my own fault; I wanted to use a royal blue crochet cotton instead of regular twine, and the cotton was so thin that I actually had to braid strands of it in order to make a cord thick enough to make the bracelet with. So I had to start out by making three braids, which took time because I wanted to make them fairly tight.

It was also harder than I thought to keep it straight. Once you threaded a nut completely on, you needed to keep your thumb there to hold it in place. Ultimately what I wound up doing was wrapping tape around the ends of the strands to make a stiff tip; then I’d use the tip to kind of stab into the center of the hex nuts, so I didn’t need two hands to thread them on. I kept my left thumb at the top to keep everything tight, and used my right hand to stab into a nut, then bring the strand up above my head and let gravity do the work of bringing the nut down to where my thumb was. Then — (this was important) — when I had to slide the nut into place behind the protective barrier of where my thumb was, I ONLY let go of the strand that the new nut was on. (I found that lifting up my thumb entirely to settle everything together was a surefire way to let everything fall out of order.)

Anyway, it’s a pretty simple concept once you find a comfortable way to keep everything tight! I recommend trying it.

3 years ago | Tags: bracelet wearable jewelry diy craft

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