I’m sporting my first bangle bracelet created on a brand new jewelry making tool; the Bangle Bracelet Weaver Tool by Beadalon.
The tool was unveiled in January at the Craft and Hobby (CHA) Mega show in California and I was able to watch the inventor demonstrate it in the Beadalon booth.
“Weave intricate bracelets with ease! Designed by international designer, teacher, and presenter Kleshna. Use a variety of bead stringing wires in diameters 0.15 in (0.38 mm) through .036 in (0.91 mm) plus other threads and cords.”
The tool won the Hot Product Award for the Bead and Jewelry category at the CHA show.
I could not await to try the tool! I knew that it worked beautifully with wire but I was excited to experiment with our cotton wax cords first.
In minutes, simply by following the printed instructions, I could see my gorgeous bracelet taking shape.
Since I used two colors the color wave was subtle but so pretty.
This is going to be the first of many bracelets. I can’t wait to try some different fiber combinations and look forward to adding some beads as well.
This latest set of jewelry by Nancy Donaldson celebrates the old skill of macrame and the new cotton wax cords now available to knot with.
Nancy used traditional knots and featured Ladhaki beads between sections.
These special beads are ideal for working with thicker cords.
The colors in the bead inspired Nancy to also use small red wood beads as accents throughout her jewelry.
To finish her ends Nancy applied a little bit of tape to the ends and then placed them into an endcap.
These end caps revolve so the toggle sets are easier to use.
The finished ends make these pieces look even prettier.
The necklace features two unique cords.
The bracelet is lightweight and easy to wear.
We have great colors at great prices!
These shamballa bracelets are a perfect way to show off our cotton wax cords and some gorgeous Preciosa Beads.
If you would like to learn how to make one you could download a wonderful how-to PDF from Preciosa.
This kumihimo braided bracelet features small wooden beads and our new cotton wax cord.
The cotton wax cord is available in four different sizes. (I used three sizes of the neon pink.)
For my eight strand classic braid I made one addition by loading pink beads onto one of the cords.
I braided as I normally would, being careful to insert a pink bead each time I moved that special pre-beaded cord.
Isn’t this great? You can create so many looks with the addition of just one strand of beads.
Dazzle-it Cotton Wax Cord is available in 1mm, 1.5 mm 2,mm and 3mm.
This choker features the classic 8-strand kumihimo braid with the addition of some gold glamour.
Several readers have reported a difficulty finding rattail kumihimo cord. This necklace will remind you that you can use other types of stringing material to make a unique kumihimo braid in your Dazzle-it disk.
You can see here that I used traditional rattail but also added cotton wax cord and a gold specialty braid found in the ribbon department of my local craft store.
When the braid was complete I added the end caps and then my lightweight aluminum chain.
The new aluminum chain in the catalog is available in several sizes and colours.
Kumihimo braids will always look different if you add in fibers that are unexpected.
End caps can be purchased in various sizes. The largest one finished this necklace beautifully.
Now I am getting somewhere! The shamballa bracelets are starting to make themselves now!
For this bracelet I used the Dazzle-It strawberry pink rattail 1.5mm and pink 1mm cotton wax cord. I needed the thinner wax cord so it would be easier to string my fabulous rhinestone beads.
The silver crystal beads have quite a few openings, so while I could use a thicker cord, 1mm was the easiest to work with.
The choice to work in pink was my own. Spring is here and I need a brighter bracelet to wear! There are so many colours in the rattail line though!
I have been teaching myself these knotting techniques. I have learned that a clipboard is really helpful. It is your third hand.
I can almost say I have mastered the square knot. Every now and then I forget what I am doing and I have to unravel my knots. Rattail is forgiving.
I even tried a special technique of adding these knots to my bracelet as a sliding closure. Success!
To finish my cord ends I have been using a little flame from my lighter. It makes the ends look finished.
A few people have been asking where they can learn about knotting techniques. The book that has really taught me the most is this one. If you go online though, many crafty folks have made Youtube videos and “how to” blog posts.
This UK magazine is wonderful. This month’s issue came with a special extra techniques booklet also chock-full of knotting ideas!