Jewel of West Africa Bracelet
his Father's Day, show the special dad in your life how much he means to you with a handmade gift from the heart. This is a fun and easy project that dads can do with their kids or mom and kids can make the bracelets as a surprise for daddy! We have two sizes of bracelets: one for dad and one for mom or your child. You can shorten the smaller bracelet if you want to fit it for a child. The versatile design is great for any style and can be easily customized with different colors of cord and various beads. We used colorful African beads handmade in Ghana. To learn how to use the macrame technique to create these shamballa style bracelets, check out our Chocolate and Caramel Shamballa Bracelet Idea. This idea has step-by-step pictures and instructions on how to create a basic shamballa bracelet; however, the cord length and number of knots and beads are different in this idea. Follow these next steps for the number of knots and beads for each bracelet featured here.
His BraceletStep one:Cut one 8-foot section of the 1.5mm espresso satin cord and another 2-foot section of cord. Step two:Once you have your cord positioned correctly and taped down, you will need nine beads from the handmade spotted multi-color painted glass irregular round bead strand for this bracelet, along with one for each end of the tail. Step three:Create six half knots to start your bracelet and then one half knot around a bead. Create four half knots then add another bead. Continue the pattern of four half knots and one half knot around a bead until you have used all nine beads. Finish with six more half knots. Create a finishing knot on the back. Because this cording is made from synthetic material, we used the perfect end thread burner to melt the end of the knot for a clean look. Using the perfect end thread burner will not work with natural materials, such as hemp. Step four:Create a sliding closure with 17 half knots. For more information on how to create a sliding closure, please see our
Handy Tip. Finish the closure with a knot and burn the end. Add one bead to each end of the cord and knot the ends. Again, you can use the perfect end thread burner to finish the knot. Her BraceletStep one:Cut one 6-foot section of cord and one 2-foot section of cord. Step two:Once your cord is positioned correctly and taped down, you will need seven beads for this bracelet, along with one for each end of the tail. Step three:Repeat step three of "his bracelet" to create this bracelet. Step four:Create a sliding closure with 12 half knots. Finish the closure with a knot and burn the end. Add one bead to each end of the cord and knot the ends. Burn the end of the knot to finish.