Intro: Semi-Permanent Braided Bracelet
If you know how to braid and want a quick video, here you are!
Step 1: Learn How to Braid
If you know how to braid, congratulations! - move on to step 2.
If not, there's an instructable about it here and I will cover it briefly in pictures.
Braiding is basically putting 3 ropes side-by-side, and alternately taking each outside rope over the middle rope.
I remember what to do because there are always two ropes that are close together in a 'V' shape and one that is all alone(Picture 2). The lonely rope wants to be with the others so he goes over the middle rope, splitting the other 2 apart, making a new 'V' shape(Picture3).
Step 2: Preparation or Something
- 1 meter* of rope / string / hemp
- Large paper clip
First, wrap your rope around your wrist 3 times. You want one short, loose end on the top of your wrist and the longer loose end dangling down between you and your wrist (see picture). Clip the paper clip over all three loops so they don't move. Make sure that the loops are a little loose because the bracelet will tighten a bit as you braid it.
*1 meter(3 ft) of rope might be too much but it's better to start with too much and cut some off than to not have enough
Step 3: Circular Braiding
Start with the long loose end (which should be on the outside) and bring it over the middle loop(Picture 1), and then under the other outside loop(Picture 2). Then bring the loop on the left over the center loop(picture 3). Continue until you come back around to the beginning again.
If you get confused after the first 3 braids, just watch the video over and over - I start and end at the same point.
Step 4: Finishing Up
After going all the way around, you should come back to the beginning (that's how circles work!). All you have to do now is poke the longer rope through the same hole that the beginning end comes out of.
If you don't like the ends sticking out like that you can either cut them off or have them follow the same braid further.