Picture of The Abacus Bracelet
Want to go retro with your calculator watch? No, not the 1980s. How about two millennia before that? We're going to make a bent wood bracelet with a miniature, working abacus built into it! 

These instructions are for a traditional Chinese Suanpan style abacus with a 5+2 bead configuration, but you could easily adapt them to a Japanase Soroban style with a 4+1 bead configuration. 
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

Picture of Tools and Materials
  • Wood veneer
    You'll need five pieces approximately 1.5" wide by 8" long. The wood I used is bubinga from Rockler.
  • Wood glue
    I used Titebond III wood glue.
  • Superglue
  • Seed beads - size 8/0 (approximately 2.5mm diameter)
  • Head pins - 21 gauge silver, 2" long
  • Aluminum sheet cut from a soda can
  • Baking parchment
  • Clear gloss polyurethane wood finish
  • 2x4 lumber - 3" long
  • 2 hose clamps (minimum 2" diameter)
  • Screwdriver (to tighten the hose clamps)
  • Coping saw
  • Sandpaper, assorted grits
  • Metal ruler
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto knife
  • Tweezers
  • Wire cutters
  • Small brush to spread glue
  • Pin vise and a bit the same diameter as your head pins
  • Power drill and a bit wide enough for your coping saw blade to pass through
If you've got access to a band saw or jigsaw it'll make step 2 go a lot faster, but it isn't required.

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aayande made it!2 months ago

Thank you for the instructable... Your pictures and clear instructions inspired me to give this a go and I made one for my partner. She's already had favourable comments about it.

Taytora7 months ago

Very cool! Roughly how much do the raw materials (minus tools) cost? How long roughly would you say it takes to make one? Thanks!

jimmysymo1 year ago
Well, and I thought that I was good .YOU are.really PERFECT. Good pic;s and Very good details. NICE is not enough ,beautiful I will try to make one.Thank you.
Oh my gosh!!! I thought this would be hard but it looks very easy! Thanks!
E Major1 year ago
Amazing. I am absolutely dumbfounded. Can't wait to make this for me!
astahim1 year ago
Awesome piece of art :)
Congratulations on winning First Prize!
Good luck with the judging tonight. You did a wonderful job!
babybayrs1 year ago
Beautiful and intelligent!
spylock1 year ago
It would come in good while shopping to make sure you dont go over budget.They should sell really well.
This is just beautiful! I'm considering making some for my daughters for Christmas this year.
oni1st1 year ago
Thank you so much. Instructions and photos so clear even I understood them. Wonderful job.
CobyUnger1 year ago
Your photos are fantastic. Great work. I have an instructable of almost the same bracelet without an abacus. Definitely considering trying this out. Thanks.
Arghus1 year ago
that something very original and unique, nice woork
DaKawa1 year ago
Very nice. Thanks for the tutorial and the idea. I will definitely try this. My wife will love it.

Totemika1 year ago
I totally love it!!!
agis681 year ago
So cool and brilliant too....voted
craftyv1 year ago
This is great, I love it's quirkiness. This would be perfect for my Grandaughter who has Aspergers Syndrome and needs to fiddle with her fingers all the time, it helps her stay grounded. I couldn't make it but I admire the skill.
Xibalbawax1 year ago
totally cool, awesome bracelet for an on the go old school tabulator.
This is SO COOL, and I'm thrilled that it isn't one of those 'bles that requires thousands of dollars of specialised equipment. It's totally doable and totally awesome! I'm excited to make a few!
chuckers1 year ago
Love This! Very succinct instructable; all my math nerd friends will be getting these! You got my vote!
Is there a way to buy this ? I really am not good with this type of crafting but love the bracelet
HaHaBird (author)  rosaesposito1 year ago
Thanks! I don't have any to sell, but might later in the year. Check my Etsy site or my blog (both the same as my username) for updates.
Very well done, HaHaBird!! Excellent instructions, great photos, and some ideas that I'm going to work into some of the projects I have banging around in my head.
chabias1 year ago
This bracelet is ADORABLE!! Well done! Voted x 2
This is a great idea and a thorough and professional tutorial!
Thanks bunches!
otukatu1 year ago
wrist Excel ???
WoundedEgo1 year ago
Iconic! A perfect gift for a math major.
mr.frob1 year ago
Oh that is too cool!
alannaerm1 year ago
this is so neat! i love it when interesting everyday objects can be incorporated into a wearable form.
jbeaton1 year ago
Great job, good clean professional look! thanks for the post!
MU5ICI4N1 year ago
awesome! very crisp and professional looking
Can I buy this somewhere
dimdiode1 year ago
very nicely done
izzieposey1 year ago
Is there any way I can buy this instead?
BrittLiv1 year ago
I have seen this at your site a while back. Thank you so much for posting it here, too. This is just amazing!
I have added you here in my collection.

Totally loving it :). Thanks for sharing.
Writing this neat and clean, well illustrated Instructable could an another instructable!
Well Done!! :)
Boss. This is wonderful.
Honus1 year ago
Love it!
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