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« on: July 08, 2006 02:40:58 PM »

I've seen tons of patterns for normal knotted friendship bracelets, but I want to know how to make these!

http://images.andale.com/f2/130/115/16412285/1145232469298_P1019934.jpg
Anyone have any ideas? I see that they are wrapped, but around what? A braid? and how do you keep it from riding up and getting all messy? I suppose I should just give it a wack, but I was hoping someone would have a definive idea of how to do this.

Thanks!!
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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2006 02:52:19 PM »

I'm not sure how those specifically are made, but here's what I would do. Then, if it turns out I'm wrong, we can learn from the mistakes and try again.... Wink

I would take several colors (all of the colors that you want in the bracelet) and cut more than twice as much as you need. Hold them by their middles so that the length is somewhat more than you want the bracelet to be, and you have twice as many strings. I would leave a loop on the top for closure. Then start wrapping-one color at a time. Just wrap each color over all of the other strings, and progress downward. At the end you can tie a knot-or add a bead, and hook that through the loop you left in the beginning.

I wonder if that made any sense. In my head it's completely coherent.

Hope it helps.
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« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2006 03:32:25 PM »

I used to make those when I was younger!  The string is most likely not just wrapped around... this is how I used to do it:



Take the colour you want to use, make a "4", wrap it around the back of the colours that aren't in use and through the whole that the four makes... pull taught and continue from there.  You can change colours at any time.
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2006 11:38:11 PM »

thanks guys!! i'm going to give it a try Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2006 11:05:42 PM »

the ones that you're looking at are wrapped like RockWaterFalls says. they make hair wraps the same way at my summer job (Universal Studios). You hold the middle strings and wrap the color you want on the outside around a bunch of times and to make it tight, you push it up a little while holding the middle strings taught. I wish I had a drawing program so I could show you a picture..really it's just a practice/trial-and-error type deal, it took me awhile to get it right. Smiley Good luck!
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