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String Theory Bracelets

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String Theory Bracelet Instructions
Designed by Cheri Carlson

Layer up the color and style in your looks with these bracelets. Using square knots and shining links, our designer Cheri Carlson created trendy bracelets that are easy to make and fun to wear. Switch up the colors and links used to match your personality!

Powder Blue Bracelet:


Step one:
Cut two 24-inch lengths of the BeadSmith 1.5mm powder blue Chinese knotting cord and two 4-foot lengths. Set one of each length aside.

Step two:
Fold one 24-inch length and one 4-foot length in half. Loop the folded ends of both cords through the brass dream ring embellishment and pull the ends through to secure the cord to ring. See our Square Knot Handy Tip to create the knots in the bracelet. Make about 16 square knots to finish one side of the bracelet. Tie a knot to the back side of the bracelet and then use adhesive or a thread burner to secure. Repeat this step on the other side of the brass ring embellishment.

Step three:
Cut another 24-inch length of cord to create the closure for the bracelet. See our Handy Tip to learn how to make a sliding macrame closure.

Strawberry Pink, Cardinal Purple and Olive Bracelets:


Step one:
Repeat the steps from the powder blue bracelet to create these bracelets. Use the TierraCast gold hammered oval ring with the Lovely Knots 1mm strawberry pink Chinese knotting cord. Use the TierraCast gold-plated pewter infinity link with the Lovely Knots 1mm cardinal purple Chinese knotting cord. Then, use the TierraCast gold-plated pewter medium quatrefoil link with the Lovely Knots 1mm olive Chinese knotting cord. Our bracelets have about 23 square knots on each side of the links.

Topaz and Strawberry Pink Bracelet:


Step one:
Cut two 24-inch pieces of the strawberry pink cord and two 6-foot pieces of the BeadSmith 1.5mm topaz Chinese knotting cord. Secure the two pink cords to a work surface. You will be braiding the topaz cord around the smaller pink cords and you will have approximately 6 1/2 to 7 inches of braided cord. You want the braided section of your bracelet centered on the pink cords so make sure you take that into consideration when you start creating square knots.

Step two:
Using the topaz cord, create a series of square knots. We made 27 square knots before adding our first link. Once you finish these knots, pull one of the pink cords up and out of the way. Make approximately seven square knots around the one pink cord still on your work surface and slide one TierraCast gold hammered oval link onto the pink cord you pulled up. Put the pink cord back down with the other one and make approximately five square knots. Pull a pink cord up again, create seven square knots, slide a link onto the loose pink cord, put the cord back down with the other one and make five square knots again. Add a final link using the same process.

Step three:
Finish the other side of your bracelet with 27 square knots (or the same amount of square knots you made on the other side of the links). Tie a knot to the back side of the bracelet and then use adhesive or a thread burner to secure. Create a sliding macrame closure with more topaz cord, as you did for the powder blue bracelet.
Approximate Size: Seven Inches
Estimated Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Tools & Supplies:
GS Hypo Fabric Cement (GS-HYPO-F)
Perfect End Thread Burner (BURN)
List of Components:
Brass Dream Ring Embellishment (EMBMT-0447, qty 1)
TierraCast Gold Hammered Oval Link (G-3081, qty 3)
TierraCast Gold Hammered Oval Ring (G-3088, qty 1)
TierraCast Gold-Plated Pewter Medium Quatrefoil Link 14-14.5x14.5mm (g-3140, qty 1)
TierraCast Gold-Plated Pewter Infinity Link (g-3167, qty 1)
The BeadSmith 1.5mm Powder Blue Chinese Knotting Cord - 16.4 Feet (strng-0077, qty 1)
Lovely Knots 1mm Strawberry Pink Chinese Knotting Cord - 50 yards (strng-0093, qty 1)
Lovely Knots 1mm Cardinal Purple Chinese Knotting Cord - 50 yards (strng-0094, qty 1)
Lovely Knots 1mm Olive Chinese Knotting Cord - 50 yards (strng-0091, qty 1)
The BeadSmith 1.5mm Topaz Chinese Knotting Cord - 16.4 Feet (strng-0082, qty 1)

Alternate Products:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
Lovely Knots 1mm Yellow Chinese Knotting Cord - 50 yards (STRNG-0087)
Lovely Knots 1mm Aqua Chinese Knotting Cord - 50 yards (STRNG-0092)
Lovely Knots 1mm Turquoise Chinese Knotting Cord - 50 yards (STRNG-0096)
The BeadSmith 1.5mm Emerald Chinese Knotting Cord - 16.4 Feet (STRNG-0075)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

Brass Dream Ring Embellishment
Code: EMBMT-0447
Diameter 23mm, Opening Diameter 15.5mm 
1-910-1920+
$0.96$0.88$0.81
Qty>
TierraCast Gold Hammered Oval Link
Code: G-3081
Length 13mm, Width 9mm 
1-1112-2324+
$0.95$0.87$0.80
Qty>
TierraCast Gold Hammered Oval Ring
Code: G-3088
Length 18.5mm, Width 13mm 
1-910-1920+
$1.18$1.08$1.00
Qty>
TierraCast Gold-Plated Pewter Medium Quatrefoil Link 14-14.5x14.5mm
Code: G-3140
Length 14-14.5mm, Width 14.5mm, Opening Length 9.5mm 
1-910-1920+
$1.38$1.27$1.17
Qty>
TierraCast Gold-Plated Pewter Infinity Link
Code: G-3167
Length 32mm, Width 12mm, Hole Size 5.5mm 
1-56-1112+
$2.05$1.90$1.75
Qty>
The BeadSmith 1.5mm Powder Blue Chinese Knotting Cord - 16.4 Feet
Code: STRNG-0077
Length 16.4 ft. 
1-45-910+
$3.89 $3.30$3.49 $2.96$3.19 $2.71
Qty>
Lovely Knots 1mm Strawberry Pink Chinese Knotting Cord - 50 yards
Code: STRNG-0093
Length 50 yds 
Sale Price: $3.30
Price: $3.89
Qty>
Lovely Knots 1mm Cardinal Purple Chinese Knotting Cord - 50 yards
Code: STRNG-0094
Length 50 yds 
Sale Price: $3.30
Price: $3.89
Qty>
Lovely Knots 1mm Olive Chinese Knotting Cord - 50 yards
Code: STRNG-0091
Length 50 yds 
Sale Price: $3.30
Price: $3.89
Qty>
The BeadSmith 1.5mm Topaz Chinese Knotting Cord - 16.4 Feet
Code: STRNG-0082
Length 16.4 ft. 
1-45-910+
$3.89 $3.30$3.49 $2.96$3.19 $2.71
Qty>

Alternate Components

Lovely Knots 1mm Yellow Chinese Knotting Cord - 50 yards
Code: STRNG-0087
Length 50 yds 
Sale Price: $3.30
Price: $3.89
Qty>
Lovely Knots 1mm Aqua Chinese Knotting Cord - 50 yards
Code: STRNG-0092
Length 50 yds 
Sale Price: $3.30
Price: $3.89
Qty>
Lovely Knots 1mm Turquoise Chinese Knotting Cord - 50 yards
Code: STRNG-0096
Length 50 yds 
Sale Price: $3.30
Price: $3.89
Qty>
The BeadSmith 1.5mm Emerald Chinese Knotting Cord - 16.4 Feet
Code: STRNG-0075
Length 16.4 ft. 
1-45-910+
$3.89 $3.30$3.49 $2.96$3.19 $2.71
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

GS Hypo Fabric Cement
Code: GS-HYPO-F
1/3 fl oz 
1-34-78+
$5.68$5.28$4.91
Qty>
Perfect End Thread Burner
Code: BURN
Price: $22.99
Qty>



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