Monday, September 19, 2011

DIY: Hex Nut Bracelet

So all the rage right now on the fashion blogs is the 'Hex Nut Bracelet.' It's pretty freaking awesome if you ask me, and I couldn't wait to make it.  I considered buying a few from etsy, but why? It looked easy enough to do on my own.  And it was a cinch.


Materials:
-Leather/Suede/Velvet Cord. I purchased mine at Michael's for $6.99, a 3 pack of Burgundy, Natural, and Black leather cord. I've seen velvet too, but I think it was suede and she just called it velvet.
-Hexagon Nuts.  I purchased mine with the help of the hubs at Lowe's for $.98 for a 48 pack.  I found them here online in a 24 pack for $.98. I used size 6, which the guy at Lowe's said was the smallest size.  Depending on the thickness of the cord you buy, pick whatever size you want. I picked silver/zinc finish to start with, but I plan on making another in the brass finish.  They're a little more expensive and come fewer in a pack.
-Scissors

The general concept of the bracelet is a braid.  Pure and simple enough, right? Once you get to the center of the bracelet, you add the hex nuts!

To start, divide the cord into 3 pieces.  The leather cord I bought was 9 feet long, making it easy to divide into 3 pieces.

Once you get to the center of the bracelet, or where the center would fall on your wrist, I recommend stopping braiding and adding multiple hex nuts onto the cord like so:


This is SO much easier than adding them one at a time WHILE braiding.  If you put them on ahead of time, it's easier to just slide them up. How many hex nuts you put on your bracelet is entirely up to you.  I put 8 on one side and 9 on the other...not even, but who cares?

Now comes the potentially harder part, the closure.  I have made 2 bracelets, and have used 2 different closures.  The first one, the burgundy one I just tied a knot on one end and a loop on the other.  And this works GREAT.  The black one I tied a slip knot in the middle, instructions here.  I figured it was just easier to direct you to her instructions as she includes cute pictures! This doesn't work so well with the leather though.  Once the knots are tied tight, it's difficult to get the leather to pass through.  So, needless to say I'm on the hunt for a better solution!

So what do you think?

2 comments:

  1. Cool and a durable bracelet…DIY greatly featured…Thanks. Yeah, they already are tight ones that others could pass through…It’s a mini gift to all our dears to present it physically…
    Hex Nuts

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  2. Wow, perfect. Fortunately, I found your website! Swarovski Uk

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