This braid intends to throw all of your preconceived notions about braids out the window.
This braid has two closed ends, and is made with magic.
It can be challenging to get perfect the first time, practice a few more times and experiment with different sizes of straps to obtain the look you are going for.
- Leather (or similar) strap approximately 1 inch by 8 inches
- Scissors or X-Acto Knife
Step 1: Acquire Strap
Step 2: Fold and Cut Strap
Make your cuts as straight and even as possible as it will affect the final look of your braid.
I have labeled my braid in the images to make it easier to see what is happening; it will look better if you don't label yours.
Step 3: A Over Middle
Step 4: Z Over A
Step 5: Blank Over Z
Step 6: Bottom Through Right Hole
To do this, take the bottom and put it through hole on the right side (under strap A). Your bottom should now look goofy and backwards if you did it correctly. That will be fixed later.
Step 7: A Over Blank
Step 8: Z Over A
Step 9: Blank Over Z
Step 10: Bottom Through Left Hole
This will finalize the braid. Using your best judgment, flatten the braid out to make it look smooth and contiguous.
Step 11: (optional) Repeat Process
The braid will not work if you only do half of the steps! In other words, you must do the "putting the bottom through the hole" step an even number of times. You must do both the right and left side in order to create a finished braid.
I have gone ahead to show what it would look like after repeating steps 3 through 10. This means for the braid shown here, everything was done twice.
Step 12: Finish!
Here is another braid I have made that I have riveted snaps onto to make it into a bracelet. People are consistently amazed that it is possible to create a braid from a single strap with no open ends.