Braided Rings

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Introduction: Braided Rings

Industrial Design student at Eindhoven University of Technology

In this instructable I will show you how to make braided rings. I really like the look that braided things have, but when I was looking at braided rings all I could find were metal ones. Don't get me wrong, I like metal rings, but I think three colours combined into a braid look amazing. So I asked myself, can't I somehow make my own, coloured, cheap braided rings? The answer: of course!
I hope you like it!

Step 1: What Do You Need?

To make these rings, you will need the following:

Yarn (you can use leftovers for this)
Glue
Scissors
Round object matching the size of your finger

Step 2: Cut the Yarn

Make sure the three threads start at the same length. Cut off a piece of all three of the colours, about 15 cm is more than enough for two rings. Repeat this two times, so you get nine threads. Align all nine to be able to make the longest braid possible with your yarn.

Step 3: Knotting and Braiding

Knot the nine threads together. Divide the nine threads in three groups each containing three threads. Start braiding, but try to keep the three threads of one group next to each other as good as possible. 

Step 4: Measure

To see if your braid is long enough, wrap it around your finger as shown in the picture. Don't make the braid too short, you will need an overlapping part later.

Step 5: Finish the Braid

When you are almost out of yarn, make a knot.

Step 6: Glueing and Waiting

Lay your braid flat at straight. Take your glue and glue the top of the braid completely. Allow it to dry.

Step 7: Cutting the Braid

When the glue has dried, take your round object and wrap the yarn around it. In the second picture is indicated where to cut it with my nail.

Step 8: The Ring Itself

Now it is time to make a ring. Wrap the piece of braid you just cut off around the round object and glue the overlapping piece on the ring. Let the glue rest until it is almost dry. Then, carefully take the ring off of the round object. As you can see, there still is a small gap between the overlapping part and the ring. Add a bit of glue and press the overlapping part against the ring.
Small warning: remove your fingers before the glue starts to dry.



Step 9: And the Remaining Part of the Braid?

Make more rings! Just repeat step 7 and 8. 

Step 10: That's It!

So, that's it! Now you know how to make these rings.
I hope you liked it, and if you tried it, please share a picture with me :)

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    33 Discussions

    These are wonderful! Thank you so much! Your instructions are the best, so detailed <3

    How pretty! i'll try this later and show you how it goes. Thank you for the instructable.

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    Another method, with only one join (more secure):
    http://www.animatedknots.com/turkshead/index.php
    I wonder how the Turk's Head would look if done with variegated-color yarn?

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    What kind of glue do you recommend?

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    This is really cute. My daughter is going to love making these for her friends. Just in time for school to start too. :)