Sometimes I think my staff need a more specific task list for days I'm not at the shop because, based on what I see when I return, they seem to have a little too much spare time. On the other hand, it's hard to complain when they spend that time discovering new and easy projects like the one I get to show you today.
I'm calling it the caterpillar bracelet, because that's what it looks like to me. But I'm open to suggestions.
Here's what you need:
Here's what you do:
1. String the waxed linen on the button and center it, then tie a knot close to the button. You can use a shank button (as in this photo) or a sew-through button. If the shank is too small for the waxed linen, try putting a jump ring through it and stringing the waxed linen through the ring.
You'll add beads along one side of the chain, then do the second side. The beads will always be next to the links that lay "perpendicular" to the work surface, and the cord will always go through the links that are "parallel" to the work surface. In this photo, the first link that the button is tied to is "perpendicular."
3. String one bead and bring it close to the first link. Bring the cord UNDER and through the next link of chain.
That's the basic step!
5. Add another bead and bring the cord under and through the next "parallel" link. Adjust the bead so it sits next to its link.
In other words, the beads and cord alternate every other link.
Continue until you've finished one side.
NOTE: You need to end with a "parallel" link. Remove one link of chain if necessary.
Tie a knot snug against the last link. Then tie a knot in the cord to make a loop that fits around the button. We like to add size 11/0 or 8/0 metal seed beads to the cord before making the loop, but you don't have to. You can also add extra dangles and charms if desired.