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Monday, November 02, 2015

Book review and project: DIY Wrap Bracelets

By Keiko Sakamoto
Fons & Porter/F+W; $24.99

Everyone is crazy over these wrap bracelets, and the interest doesn't seem to by waning at all!  I've shared several tutorials in the past (links at the bottom of the post), but DIY Wrap Bracelets by Keiko Sakamoto has TWENTY EIGHT designs...and if you add in the variations, that should keep you beading for a very very long time!

These designs incorporate techniques that include wrapping, twisting, braiding, beading and macramé.  Once you master the techniques, go beyond bracelets with coordinating necklace, earring and brooch designs made from a variety of materials, including leather, gemstones, pearls, beads, fabrics, and thread. Be inspired to fashion a new design for every outfit in your wardrobe—and dare to be bold and layer the bracelets together so you can wear them all!

Here's a variation on one of Keiko's designs that I made with C-Lon cord and some vintage beads.  Instructions are found on page 91 of the book.



Back view of button closure

Beading Arts two-part wrap bracelet tutorial
Beading Arts wrap bracelet with ribbon tutorial



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3 comments:

Jean Baldridge Yates said...

I love what you did! Really pretty! xox jean

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

That's a lovely variation, Cyndi. I think this book takes care of Christmas gifts for all my gal friends. Now what about the guys? They're so hard to craft or shop for.

Cyndi L said...

Thank you both! Eileen, yes they are...but there are guy versions of lots of the bracelets that could be made. However, none of my guy friends *wear* bracelets...

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