It was a great day: Tiny Hands was going to her first birthday party, a "Princess" themed party. She was all dressed up in a pretty pink layered dress, little sandals and a clean white sweater, her braids swinging as she walked. And dangling from her wrist was the little pink and white bracelet I made her for the occasion. She was too, too cute.
Well, naturally, being 3, she wore it for about 5 minutes and wanted to take it off, but still! It was adorable. And so I decided to make my own matching bracelet. And hopefully with this Instructable, you will want to make one too, for yourself or maybe your own Tiny Hands. The right-angle weave (or RAW) technique is relatively simple and the pattern is easy once you get going. Follow along and you'll see what I mean.
Step 1: What You'll Need
- 3-4mm blue round beads
- brown round beads (same size as the blue)
- a few charm beads to make dangles with
- Nymo B thread (or any thread that will fit through the bead hole at least twice)
- head pins
- jump rings (preferably soldered)
- a clasp
- TWO beading needles
To make Tiny Hands' bracelet, I used pink and white round beads, and a little blue heart charm. The tools I have in the picture are my Fiskar scissors, a small measuring tape (to determine your comfortable bracelet length), round nose pliers, two flat nose pliers, and wire clippers.
Step 2: Making Dangles
First off, pass a headpin through the bead hole. With your round nose pliers, grip the pin right above the bead and push the pin back to a 90 degree angle (this allows space for the wrapping). Move your pliers up now to the bend and grip the bent side right at the angle (image 2). Gently pull the bent wire up and over the pliers to make a loop, and keep going until the wire is going back in the direction you started (image 3). Keeping your round nose pliers in the hole to keep the bead sturdy and the loop round, grip the end of the wire and pull it around to form a spiral around the pin under the loop (images 4 and 5). Clip off any excess wire and tuck in (image 6). You can now add your dangle to the clasp component with jumprings (image 7). Put aside for later.
Step 3: Starting the Bracelet
Add 1 brown bead on both threads and pull over the knot.
Step 4: Stitching Commences
Add a blue bead on each needle A and B. Then, with a brown bead, pass the needles through the hole going in opposite directions. This will give you the first circle unit. Then add a brown bead each on needle A and B, and cross through a blue. Continue with this stitch until you've reached the desired length (which should be a little shorter than you want the final length to be, to allow for the clasp).
Step 5: Tying It Off
Step 6: And You're Done!
Tiny Hands says enjoy!