Here is a revised version of the Hex Nut Friendship bracelet that works for women and men. I designed this version and my sis made it for herself. For instructions see the previous entry of the men’s bracelet tutorial. But this time, use neon ‘Mason Line’ from the hardware store and smaller nuts, this time out of zinc #8-32. It comes in flourescent yellow and pink. All available at Home Depot. Be sure to tie the ends with tape while you are working, and to double up the strands on this bracelet so the nuts are not too chunky for the thin string. I have to say it is a bit slippery once tied so you have to tie the large knot first, then tie the individual strands in mini knots with eachother for a secure fit. Remember to leave extra line to tie around your wrist once again after the bracelet goes around. Just looks good that way!
Here is a fun and easy bracelet to make with just two ingredients from the hardware store. I was making one for a friend so I thought I would post a tutorial on the process and hopefully inspire you to make one! It takes minutes. You can go crazy with different colored twine and nuts of different material and sizes, but this is a basic tutorial for a man’s hex nut bracelet. Girls, get the smallest nuts and twine possible for the best look. Guys can go a little chunkier.
First, you will need to buy 18 hex nuts and a coil of cotton twine. I got my supplies at the Home Depot. But I know there is an even finer twine at K-Mart that is brown and more delicate. I used brass hex nuts, which are more expensive. Probably not a necessity.
Next, leaving yourself a few inches of slack, make a knot near the top of the twine strands.
Wrap the loose ends with tape for more easy threading through the hex nut.
Secure the top of the bracelet under a heavy object. Begin a tight braid that continues for an inch or so. To braid, bring the rightmost string over the middle string. Now the right string is in the middle. Next bring the leftmost string over the middle string. Now the left string is the middle string. Continue on. Outside over middle, outside over middle.
Do it again, sliding one hex nut up the opposite string. Always threading onto the outside strands then crossing them over the middle.
Keep it tight. At first it looks messy, but just continue introducing hex nuts each time you braid a strand across the center, until you have used them all. For a nice option, you could use smaller hex nuts for the last six. This gives it a feminine tapered look. You can also reduce the number of nuts used for a less bulky look.
Finish it off with another inch of braid, and tie a knot. There should be enough twine left over to wrap the bracelet around your wrist twice. Your friend can choose to clip the ends but it is nice to have the option of wearing it long.
Please comment if you have questions.