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When I first saw Chan Luu wrap bracelets, I was pretty excited.  Until I saw the price tag ($200+)! 

These bracelets are great since they look like bangles but are much more comfortable.  Because it is so long, it has a certain amount of flexibility to be worn as a necklace or anklet as well.  It was very simple to make, and mine cost less than $15 in supplies and only took a few hours.  The color combinations are endless - have fun with it!  

Step 1: Supplies

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All you need for this bracelet is:

Leather cord (or any sturdy, thin cord): First figure out how many wraps you want to make.  Measure that distance, double it, and add around 4' extra for the loops at the end.  I found that four wraps on my wrist perfectly matched three wraps on my ankle, whereas five wraps on my wrist didn't work as an anklet.  I needed roughly 2 yards.
Beads: I used 4mm faceted czech glass beads.  This online vendor seems to have a good selection, but any bead store would have these, and of course any type of bead will work!  Similar bracelets I've seen use smaller beads than this, closer to 3mm.
Nylon thread
Beading needle: traditional or a separated eye style depending on the thickness of your nylon thread and size of beads.
Button: the kind with a loop in back vs holes works best.

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This was easier than I thought. Thank you for the instructions. I love my bracelet, I'm off to the bead store to buy more...

VERY pretty !!! I will post a pic of the nice one I actually bought! Nice colors I think ... Endless choices right? lol

THANK YOU. Let's see.

lexi16 days ago
OH! A place for pics ! Great!!!
lexi16 days ago
I macraméd as a hobby and strung puka shells on the jewelry , lol, very hippie type style , have to my friends... Seems my whole life I've made bracelets of some sort for my friends! Too funny !! These are really cool! I have one I bought and wondered how it was made! NOW watch out friends! Christmas is coming lol!!! This could be done with beautiful gem stones or art bead and be really fabulous! And wow! Compared to making a intricate macramé bracelet.. SO EASY! WoW! I will teach this to my mini me Grand daughter lol!!! She will love! My umm? Artsy Craftsy gene bypassed my daughter and went to my granddaughter ! FINE with me! It's too much fun for us! Thank you so much for these great how to's.... Luv!!! Peace !
DanieleG19 days ago

Whoa!! It's so easy to do, I saw on internet one website that sales this kind of jewelry, i just bought this bracelet from them.

evavw made it!2 months ago

Great instructions. This made it much easier than having to figure it out on my own, thank you!

Natalina (author)  evavw1 month ago

You're welcome! Turned out great!

fred77390 made it!1 month ago

Thank you very much, for this instructable, my girlfriend like her bracelet :)

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Natalina (author)  fred773901 month ago

Glad to hear it, and thanks for sharing!

JeciK made it!2 months ago

These instructions were very easy to follow! Thank you, I love how this turned out. I always liked this style of bracelet, but I have a bigger wrist and they never fit right. Now I can make them to fit, yay!
Natalina (author)  JeciK1 month ago

That turned out beautifully! Thanks for sharing! I love the color.

3amr1 month ago
i like it , and i will made it .. thank u ♥
后来2 months ago

It is looks great!

Kimkaye2 months ago

Thank you so much!

ranzacrtz2 months ago

i make one still need a little work on it but its my first time thank you

LisaDee3 months ago

that's the 1st one I've seen that doesn't use two super long and tangly threads at the start. Super thanks!

the reason Chan Luu is so expensive, they use semi-precious stones and gold/sterling silver plated beads. I will give this a try myself with semi-precious stones and beads, see what happens.

I find it depends on the stone. Most of the agate or jasper or quartz based beads it is still very inexpensive to do. its the more expensive beads that can be tough money wise... But even then, using semiprecious beads i still haven't spent more than $45-50 on a bracelet.
reinventbiz made it!8 months ago

I just did a single wrap, I absolutely love it!

reinventbiz made it! reinventbiz8 months ago

I also attempted a triple wrap, but I have to agree with 'outofyurworld', don't make the beads airtight lol, in the photo it looks great, but it fell apart from the stress on the bead wire so it came unraveled, I used 8lb. monofilament bead wire.

my biggest issue is ending the bracelet in a simple and secure knot, they always come undone on me!

Natalina (author)  reinventbiz4 months ago

Nice! I think wire might be more prone to breaking from stress than nylon thread. Have you tried nail polish on your knots to keep them from unraveling?

reiss5 months ago

I would recommend not using silver plated beads. The silver comes off with the contact with one's skin. Sterling silver 4 mm beads are really cheap online and very nice. That way all the work you put into the bracelet lasts a long time.

crimay11 months ago

Has anyone had any luck with faux leather cord or using hemp cord? I would love to make these as gifts for the holidays but without animal products. Thanks!

I used a 1.5 mm waxed cotton cord with good results.

Natalina (author)  crimay11 months ago

Faux leather can peel sometimes with wear, so I'd look for a tightly woven cord vs something coated. I think hemp would work fine.

colbbs made it!11 months ago

I made it before I saw this but thank you for giving me some tips on how to size for different wraps. I want to make some single wrap ones also I'm about to make a lot more for my Etsy and for my local Farmers market. Cant wait! Thank you again, your wraps are beautiful:))

Teri22 made it!1 year ago

I'm so glad I found this site! Thank you so much for the awesome instructions....I made these in the last 2 days and it was so fun.....I'm going to make a ton!!!

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Natalina (author)  Teri2211 months ago

Glad you enjoyed making them! They turned out great!

geitastirr made it!1 year ago

Photo proof added ;) Isn't the dragon button the cutest?

Natalina (author)  geitastirr1 year ago


geitastirr1 year ago

Thank you for this 'ible, it was really nice and easy to follow - I've made two of these, and will definitely be making more! I found that using the flame of a candle to (carefully!) melt the strands of nylon thread on the knots (my beads were not big enough to hide the knots inside them) made the bracelet more comfortable to wear as you got rid of the prickly ends.

jacobdlyon made it!1 year ago
Turned out great! I definitely suggest not making the stitches extra tight; It looks good at the moment but later the beads will be all bunched up. Took about 6 hours for me to complete.
Natalina (author)  jacobdlyon1 year ago
Nice work, looks great!
These are so pretty! Can't wait to try.
jenliedkie2 years ago
I make these as well....found these two things reall\y helped:

1. try using two needles...one on each end..makes it easy to keep the tension even
2. I use a piece of styrofioam as a base and use pins to hold the bracelet still while you are working on it. you can move the bracelet up as you progress. put the bins in the space between the cord and the beads.

they go quick and they are great to make !
Natalina (author)  jenliedkie2 years ago
Awesome, thanks for the tips!
xie2 years ago
I'm excited to make this! Roughly about how many beads did you need for your bracelet? I'm trying to determine how many to order. Thanks!
Natalina (author)  xie2 years ago
Hi xie!

I measured the beads at the store and did the math from there. The 4mm oblong ones I bought are about 1/8" wide, and I made my bracelet around 30", so I bought 240 and ended up using less than that. I would first determine the total length you need (depending on how many wraps you want and the size of your wrist) and see if you can determine the rough width of the beads you are ordering from the website, and go from there!
Thank you for this awesome 'ible! Your directions and pictures are very clear and understandable. I can't wait to get some started next week with some of my students! Great job - keep 'em comin'!
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