Intro: Ribbon Braid Using Strand Bands
Strand bands is not very new as it was release a few years ago. It was a bracelet making kit by Make2Wear. These are strings of silicone bands that you can change the thickness, make a fringe. You can create your own individual designs by just braiding the strands of rubber strings. You can also incorporate beads with it to make it more appealing and fashionable to wear.
I can see the endless possibilities of designs from these silicone bands. The moment I saw these strings, there’s a lot that I wanted to make out of it. But this one is definitely on top of my list as these are the kinds of bracelets I am since my childhood only not with silicone bands, but with ribbons. Not only because it is easy to make but also looks really nice when done. I want to share to you how to make this Ribbon braid using Strand Bands.
Step 1: What You Need:
What you need:
- 1 pc bead – you can use any type of beads or button. This will be use to lock the bracelet we are going to make today. I will be using pink heart bead for my sample today.
- 2 pieces of 2 strands of Strand Bands – Strand Bands comes in a 6-strands that you can peel to your preferred with. I use 2 strands so that the braid will show and I wanted a narrow one for my bracelet. You can use maximum of 6 strands too is you prefer yours wider. Today in my sample I use fuchsia pink and light pink strands for my color combination.
Step 2: Step 1
Gather your Strand Bands and make a simple knot. Be sure that the hole of the knot is enough for the bead to pass through it.
Step 3: Step 2
With your 2 strands, designate your left and right strands. Form a loop at the left side strand (fuchsia) just below the knot you made.
Step 4: Step 3
Wrap the right strand (light pink) over to the loop you made on the right. Pull is down to hug the right strand firmly.
Step 5: Step 4
a)Make another loop, this time on the right strand (light pink). The tip for making the loop is to pull from the loose end up.
b) Insert that loop inside the loop on the left strand (fuchsia pink).
Step 6: Step 5
After inserting the R strand to the L strand,
a) pull the L strand from its loose end just enough to hug the R strand loop.
b) Now, make another loop on the L strand . Same in Step 2.
NOTE: Always make sure that the strands are flat when you pull down the loose end and before making the next loop. This will make the braid look neat and uniform. Also, make your tightness in pulling the loose end the same all through out the process.
Step 7: Step 6
Repeat Step 4-5 until the desired length of your bracelet is achieved.
Step 8: Step 7
If you are satisfied with the length of your bracelet, follow the steps on the picture on how to close the ends.
Step 9: Step 8
In this step, we are now going to make the closure bead of the bracelet. Follow the steps on pic for Step 8.
Step 10: Step 9
Try on your lock to see if you still need any adjustments. Make sure you tie your end knot tightly after to secure the bead and prevent it from falling off. And your ribbon braid bracelet is finished!
I hope you find my tutorial clear and enjoyable! Please come back for more of my Strand Bands tutorial in the future!
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