Free Beading Project Idea: Friendship Bracelets

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Friendship Bracelets

Friendship Bracelets by Sara Oehler


Designer Sara Oehler
Skill Level Beginner

Materials
3 colors of Soft Flex Beading Wire, .019 diameter - 45 inches each color
2x2mm Sterling Silver Crimp Tubes - 3 pcs

Tools
Crimping Pliers
Magical Crimping Pliers
Flush Cutters
Tape

Instructions

Step 1: Choose 3 complementary colors of Soft Flex Wire. Use flush cutters to cut 45 inch lengths of each color. Hold all 3 strands together as if they are 1 strand of wire. Fold the wire in half and find the middle of the wire. Use a narrow strip of tape to secure the middle of the wires to your work surface.

Copper, Bronze and Silver Friendship Bracelet by Sara Oehler
Colors: Copper, Bronze and Sterling Silver


Step 2: This design is a series of the same over hand knot going in opposite directions. Hold one group of three strands of wire in each hand. Take the 3 strands of wire in your left hand and pull them over the top of the wire in your right hand. Pull the wire through the back side of the loop that you have created, tying a loose half hitch knot.

Copper, Red and Butterscotch Friendship Bracelet by Sara Oehler
Colors: Copper, Red Coral and Butterscotch


Step 3: Now, go the opposite direction. Take the wires in your right hand pull them over the wires in your left hand. Pull through the back side of the loop, tying a loose half hitch knot.

Pink, White and Bone Friendship Bracelet by Sara Oehler
Colors: Pink Rhodochrosite, White and Bone


Step 4: Continue to loosely knot back and forth by repeating Steps 2 and 3 for about 35-40 knots.

Dark Blue, Turquoise and Purple Friendship Bracelet by Sara Oehler
Colors: Dark Blue Lapis, Turquoise and Purple


Step 5: Use the three wires in your right hand to string one 2x2mm crimp tube. Use the Crimping Pliers to crimp and secure the three wires in each together. Click here for crimping instructions. Use flush cutters to cut off two of the remaining tail strands of wire, so that there is only one strand of .019 color left. Repeat entire step using the three wires in your left hand.

Yellow, Green and Bone Friendship Bracelet by Sara Oehler
Colors: Yellow, Green and Bone


Step 6: Remove the bracelet from your work surface. Pass one of the remaining wires through the first loop of the bracelet. Use the remaining two strands of wire to string one 2x2mm crimp tube. Use the Magical Crimping Pliers to crimp and secure the two remaining strands of wire together. Click here for Magical Crimping Pliers instructions. Cut off excess wire. Tuck crimps inside the bracelet.

Projects not intended for children under the age of 13. The information on this instruction sheet is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed. Soft Flex® Company disclaims all liability from any injury to anyone undertaking the construction of this project as a result of improper safety precautions.

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Sara Oehler (pronounced Ay-ler) is a well-known jewelry designer living in the Bay Area. Sara is the author of several beading books, including her latest title, written with Kristen Fagan, Seed Bead Revolution. She has designed and written for numerous publications including: BeadStyle, Bead&Button, Bead Trends, Stringing, Jewelry in Fashion Trends, Simply Beads, The Flow and Today's Creative Home Arts. Currently, Sara is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Soft Flex Company.Ask Sara Bead Expert
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Email:
Sara@SoftFlexCompany.com