|Read on to find out how to make these beauties :)|
Hello everybody, this is a really fun tutorial that I haven't found yet on the internet, so I hope I am the first and I hope this is helpful! If you are on Pinterest, Etsy, YouTube, etc...then you have probably seen these bracelets. Most of the time they are made with a chunky gold chain, which is what I wanted to do as well- but I didn't have much luck finding gold chain at any craft stores, so I am still on the hunt! (Gives me an excuse to make more of them anyway :)) Anyway- if you want to buy them you can find them on Etsy, helloberry is a popular seller of them, but there are multiple sellers. BUT- if you want to make it yourself (which is way cooler anyway) stay tuned to get some helpful hints of how to finish the ends, and put it together, etc.
As for the actual stitch itself, it's called the King Cobra Stitch, which is actually just two Cobra stitches on top of one another. Instead of trying to take pictures of the stitch itself, I thought it would just be easier to post the links to the youtube videos that I used: Cobra Stitch and King/Super Cobra Stitch. These videos are very helpful and I started my bracelets exactly how the instructor did in the videos. However, I finished mine very differently, because I wanted loops on both ends to connect the chain to. Figuring out how to do this was a bit tricky...
What you need:
Plastic Lacing/ Lanyard/ Gimp (I got 4 different colored spools of 10 yards each at Michaels for $.99 apiece)
Chain (I found mine at Michael's a few months ago, didn't have luck finding it again :/ try Ebay!)
Needle Nose Pliers
Lighter or a Hot Glue Gun (for finishing)
Determining how much lanyard you need is all personal preference. I wanted my lanyard part of my bracelets to be more than half of the bracelet, so I would measure that much and pretty much triple it (there is a reason for this) for the first string. I'd say it was about a foot long. Then you need about 6.5 to 7 times the length of the first string for the longer string, and you DO need this much. I tried to skimp one time and it didn't work out so well- I had to do the whole thing over.
As the video demonstrates- you then fold both pieces in half and get started on the Cobra stitch. This is actually relatively easy, and you get the hang of it really quickly.
|Getting started with the basic |
|I took the pieces from the inside and folded|
them upwards to create two loops, then
continued the cobra stitch on top of that.
|Starting of the King Cobra stitch|
|Those strings are about 2 stitches away|
from being completely covered!
|You can see where the lighter touched the|
lanyard at the top near the loop. It helped
secure the ends in place.
The last step is just adding the chain. These bracelets are supposed to be big enough that you can slip them over your wrist without a clasp or closure, remember that when you're measuring for length. I used about 9 links of my chain for my green and pink bracelets. For the turquoise (which was my first one) I had to use a few more links, because I mis-judged the length of the lanyard part. Installing the chain is super simple, just slip it through the loops and use your pliers to close the link of the chain.
|Slide it through, then clamp it closed.|
Repeat with the other side to connect the bracelet.
Stay tuned for more tutorials, and maybe even a fashion type post in the next couple of weeks! Here are a few more pictures of the finished products...
|The backside of the bracelets|
|Still using my monogrammed dish :)|
|Stacked with other accessories|
|The neon is perfect for spring/summer!|