Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Fashion Fix: How to weave a lanyard and chain link bracelet

Ros spent time at American Summer camps rounding up children, and it was here she learned of the woven lanyard friendship bracelet (or 'boondoggle' as they called it). 

Adding a chain link fastening turns this childhood obsession into a gorgeous pop of colour on your wrist. AND AN EXCELLENT LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS PRESENT.

When I made this the first time round, Ros told me it wasn't good enough and I had to start all over again.  I've realised this is a worldwide institution so I tentatively give you this woven bracelet Fashion Fix.

You will need:
  • two 1m long 2mm wide pieces of yellow flat plastic lacing
  • gold chain bracelet cut to size (long enough to be wrapped halfway around your wrist)
  • pliers
  • scissors
  • all purpose glue
How to do it.
  1. To attach one end of the lacing to one end of the chain, thread both pieces of lace through the end loop of the chain. Position them in a cross ready to begin. (See Pic below)
  2. Try as I might I dont think I could instruct you any better than to follow this online tutorial I found.
  3. weave the lacing as shown in the video. Continue until it os long enough to fit just over halfway around your wrist.
  4. cut the chain to length to close the chain around your wrist. attach the lacing and chain ends as you did to start. 
  5. Poke any loose ends through the holes in the bracelet and pull tight. Keep pulling these ends tight every ten minutes. 
  6. When you're happy with the tightness of the weave put the finished bracelet around a bottle for a day to help keep its shape.
  7. Add a thin coating of all purpose glue to the ends to make it extra secure.

Close up of the starting cross 

Wear your bracelet in a cluster of colour and matching metal

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