Monday Make :: Multi-finish Knotted Bracelets
Knotted bracelets are a great accessory to add to your summer wardrobe. The knotted cord gives them a laid-back attitude, perfect for summer, and they’re great for using up beads leftover from other projects.
These knotted bracelets each feature one same color but using beads that have different finishes, which is a fun way to take your design work.
All you need to do is head to Michaels’ Bead Gallery aisle, find a section of colors that you want to work with and choose beads that:
- are all the same color (or close)
- are nearly the same size & shape (though rondelles mixed in with rounds or ovals look great!)
- have slightly different finishes for interest (think faceted versus smooth, opaque versus translucent or transparent)
My three bracelets used the following beads:
Green bracelet: sea green faceted matte rondelle, opaque shiny AB rondelles, and translucent Czech faceted glass rounds
Purple bracelet: pinkish-purple opaque faceted rondelles, AB smooth matte rounds, translucent Czech faceted glass rounds
Silver bracelet: faceted metallic glass rounds, matte semi-translucent rondelles, slightly larger transparent sparkly faceted rounds
All of the bracelets used a magnetic clasp–which I love using for bracelets because this type of clasp is so easy to attach yourself–and waxed linen cording. Beadalon’s knotting tool makes creating tight knots that are cozied right up to the beads easy!
It’s also really fun to use this mixed finishes technique to make memory wire bracelets. My Shades of Gold bracelet features beads with different finishes and made of different materials all in the gold color family. I love the different finishes on the hematite beads, the second loop from the top of the bracelet uses hematite squares withs a shiny metallic finish & the third loop up from the bottom is made with rectangles that are a warmer coppery gold and then a brighter gold, both in a matte finish.
Click the image at the right or the link above for instructions.
Let’s get this Monday Make started!