I’ve been coveting the boho style Chan Luu wrap bracelets for awhile now! These beautiful hand wrapped bracelets are quite the pretty penny. But lucky for you the materials are inexpensive, so time is all you need to do it yourself!
Chan Luu Bracelet Supplies:
• Leather cord (or any sturdy, thin cord): First decide out how many wraps you want to make. Measure that distance, double it, and add around 4-5 inches extra for the loops at the end.
• Beads: Try finding beads between 2mm-6mm. Anything bigger is a little hard to hold in place. I use 4mm faceted czech glass beads, a 5mm round gemstone beads, and 4mm faceted glass beads.
• Thread: You could honestly use any kind of thread, though nylon thread would probably be the best. I’m just using plain red sewing thread because that’s what I had handy! I used 300 inches of thread folded in half for my bracelet that went around my wrist 3 times.
• Needle: You could used traditional or a separated eye style depending on the thickness of your thread and size of beads.
• Button: the kind with a loop in back works best, try to get one about the size of a nickel.
Chan Luu Bracelet Tutorial
- Take the length of your leather cord, fold it in half and tie in a simple overhand knot, make sure this knot is big enough to that your button will fit comfortably through.
- Thread your needle, then tie the end of the thread just below the knot. Reinforce the knot by wrapping the thread in a figure 8 around the 2 pieces of cord 10-12 times.
- Time to start beading: Wrap the thread once around the left cord, then string a bead..
- Wrap the thread around the right cord then thread back through the bead again. This picture below does a great job and visualizing the beading pattern for this bracelet. ( To summarize it, the basic stitch is to add a bead, wrap one side of the cord, go back through that bead, and around the other side of cord. )
- Hold the bead in place while you tighten up the thread.
- Repeat steps 3-5 for the length of the bracelet. Here are some useful tips while you’re threading:
• Try to keep the stitches uniform in tightness
• Watch that the direction of the thread when you finish one bead and add the next always wraps in the same direction.
• As you go along, sometime the tightness of the two sides of cord can become uneven, causing it to bend. Periodically straighten things out.
• If you run out of thread, tie on a new piece with the knot close by the bead opening, and you can run the ends through when you’re done.
- Keep on beading until you have reached your desired length.
- Then run the thread through the final bead a few times and tie it off. To secure the ends, wrap the thread around the cords in a figure 8 like you did at the beginning of the bracelet 10 times or so, then knot off the thread. You can reinforce the knots with clear nail polish for extra security.
- Now, knot off the cords in an over hand knot
- Thread through your button through which will be your clasp and tie another knot.
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