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.
It was seriously years ago that my friend Jefra sent me her favorite shoes in the mail to doodle on. I never returned them and never drew on them, so scared was I that I would mess them up! What do you draw on shoes? It must be impressive? It must be a…. masterpiece right??? Finally though tonight I got curious as to what was in a box stuffed high on my shelf and there they were, her yellowing old dusty kicks, my next art project! I included common ‘Oh Puppy’ themes like love, gluttony, greed, friendship, vanity, dancing, and of course night life! My husband loved the outcome and surprised me by tossing me his pair of white tennies to continue on. I am super excited about doing more
Here’s a comic about Puppy kicking up HIS heels!