Trend: DIY Wrap Bracelets
Wrap bracelets are one of my favorite trends in jewelry making. They mimic the look of stacking bracelets, so they can’t help but add a stylish touch to any outfit. And, whether you make macramé, beadwork, or leather wrap bracelets, they always have an artistic appearance.
DIY Wrap Bracelets
Macramé was one of the first jewelry making techniques I learned and it’s still one of my go-to techniques after all these years. I love the meditative quality of knotting and the finished jewelry has a very textural feel. Keiko Sakamoto’s book, DIY Wrap Bracelets is packed with 28 trendy wrap bracelets so you can learn how to create bracelets in a variety of styles. DIY Wrap Bracelets is also available as an e-book.
Groovy Trax Wrap Bracelet
I love the mosaic effect of the Groovy Trax Wrap Bracelet pattern download by Kathy Cook. You’ll use a combination of right-angle weave and peyote stitch to make the bracelet in beautiful, on-trend colors. Two-hole beads provide a fresh take on the wrap bracelet trend – they really do look like little tiles that you’re weaving together. This a great project for beginners or more advanced beaders who want to make something quick and easy.
That’s a Wrap Bracelet
That’s a Wrap Bracelet by Jann Christiansen uses right angle weave and netting to create a lovely, lacy look. The trio of seed beads, crystal rondelles and Japanese teardrops is a beautiful combination and an easy one to translate into your favorite colors. One of the fun things about wrap bracelets is changing the colors so each wrap looks like a different bracelet. This bracelet is an especially good one for that color changing technique.
Leather Wrap Bracelet
I like combining wire and other metal components with leather, so this Leather Wrap Bracelet by Marlene Quigley on the cover of Step-by-Step Wire Jewelry caught my eye. There are so many different styles of leather that it would be simple to customize your bracelet. Plus, it would be easy to wire-wrap seed beads onto the wire element if you want a more beaded look.
Playing around with color is one of my favorite parts of beading. If you want to experiment with color, there’s a lot of great advice on how to use a color wheel for your beading projects. Check it out for tips about using a color wheel to plan your next project.
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