Thursday, May 24, 2012

A New Twist on the Friendship Bracelet

I love this new twist on traditional thread friendship bracelets!  I loved making these little, simple bracelets when I was younger, and now that I'm older, I've discovered the magical trick of adding metal to make them look much more professional.  As when you were younger, the main portion of this bracelet is simply a series of knots, so they can be made up very quickly, and given to all of your best friends!


  • Embroidery Floss
  • 4 jump rings
  • Chain
  • Bracelet closure
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Take 3 lengths of floss or thread about 4 times the length of your wrist, and fold them in half.  About 1/2" to 1" down, tie a knot.  You will later be cutting this loop open, and tying a jump ring on it, so make sure there is enough floss left over so that you will be able to make this knot.
  • Tape it to a flat surface, and begin making those knots!  You can use any friendship bracelet method you'd like, but for this one, I split my thread into two groups, then took the first group, knotted it over the second, and then took the second group, and knotted it over the first.  My knotting method is pictured below, but I'm sure many of you have already made many of these knots in your lifetime!
    Make a '4' 

  • Then loop around and go through the '4'
  • Continue knotting until the piece measures about 1/2 your wrist.  Tie another knot at the end, then slip a jump ring onto it.  Tie a square knot to secure the jump ring, and clip off the excess thread.  Then, cut open the loop at the top of your bracelet, and do the same thing.  You should get a piece that looks like this:
  • Now, attach the chain to one of the jump rings, and figure out how much chain you need so that the bracelet fits snugly around your wrist.  Cut the chain, and attach the other end to the opposite jump ring.
  • Find the center of the chain, and cut it.  You can then add another jump ring to each free end of the chain, and attach the bracelet clasp!  

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