It’s been awhile since Strand Bands are out for crafters like me to try out. I’ve been waiting for a while then, because It was only released in the US and the thought of buying it straight from there would cost me a lot. Until one day, there is one IG account that do crafts with Strand Bands and I commented on how beautiful it was. I also said that I would love to try and make something like it given a chance to have the kit. To my surprise, this kind lady replied to my comment and ask me to check my DM (direct message). She offered to send me some of her haul! And the rest is history. Thanks to her, the crafter in me was given a chance to play with it. Her name is Sandy, but since her grand daughter Lilah called her Gigi, I prefer to call her the same too! Thanks Gigi @lilahsgigi in IG for the kind gesture of sending me some of it to play. I will try my best and make them worth the hassle of sending them to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Seeing the endless possibilities of making something from these long silicone strings of Stand Bands, I wonder myself back from when I was in elementary. It was the time when my eyes were opened to arts and crafts in school. There is this vendor outside our school who sell customized bracelets made of colorful satin ribbons. It was braided beautifully, I fell in love with it. While my friends and classmate are busy buying, I am also busy looking and learning how the vendor make her bracelets. From there, I begin to buy my supplies and start making my own bracelets.
The moment I saw Strand Bands strings there’s a lot that I wanted to make out of it. But this one is definitely on top of my list. Not only because it is easy to make but also beautiful when done. Today I want to share to you how to make this Ribbon braid using Strand Bands.
Let’s gets started!
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 preffered 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.
Here are the steps:
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 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 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 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 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. If you are satisfied with the length of your bracelet, follow the steps on the picture on how to close the ends.
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 9. Try on your lock to see if you still need any adjustments. Make sure you tie your end knot tightly afyer 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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