Saturday, 29 December 2012

Disco balls

Just before Christmas I went to yet another jewellery workshop with my wonderful mum at The Bead Shop Nottingham.  This time it was Shamballa style bracelets.

The basic technique is macrame using the square knot.  It's really simple once you get started and I whipped this up pretty fast.  I chose a selection of bead colours, including my favourite blue.

We used the square knot to make the simple closure too, you just pull on each end to tighten the bracelet.  We were supposed to knot the ends and glue them shut, but I brought mine home so I could add on a small bead before knotting.  Needless to say it hasn't happened yet!

These babies are expensive to make at £1.50 per bead, but I bought some different beads to use to make more, keeping the costs much more realistic and making them a bit more unique.  I will show you as and when I get them done.


faith76 said...

Love the bracelet! I would love to try a crafty workshop as never done one. Will include it as a new years resolution! Have a lovely new year :-)

Stitched Together said...

Those beads are so pretty. It's a shame they are so expensive. I imagine the bracelet would work with polished stones as well as glitzy beads too.

Kerryp77 said...

Hi Wendy, Bracelet looks fab, I know of cheaper stockists of the beads too if that helps. The knot you use is on my 101/1001 list to learn or in my case re-learn as I'm sure I used to be able to do it. Happy crafting. x

JoJo said...

That's a great bracelet! I have tried macrame but I have this weird dyslexia thing when it comes to knotting. I love those knot closures where you pull the string ends to tighten but I have no idea how to do it.

Celtic Thistle said...

Looks great, another technique I would like to try!

Sandra :) said...

Very pretty - I want to see a picture of it on your wrist, though!

Little Treasures said... this is GORGEOUS!
The beads are breathtaking!
You can make your own {cheap} beads with yarn and shiny plastic beads/ sequins - come see my last post for ideas.

Chrissie said...

Love the bracelet, inspired me to google the technique, especially for the knotted clasp, they are so easy to use.