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Shamballa Bracelet

You will need:

Cotton Cord 50cm dark blue
Cotton Cord 200cm light blue
Beads 1cm round beads (qty 7)
Beads 0.8cm round beads (qty 2)

Tape Measure or Rule
Plastic box lid or similar
Sticky Tape
PVA glue
Clear nail varnish (optional)

Learn the basic technique to create your own Shamballa-style bracelet.

Step 1 – Making the Beaded Section

Cut 50cm from the long blue cord and set it aside - this will be used to make the clasp later.

Position the remaining part of the long light blue cord underneath the short dark blue cord. Ensure that you have an equal length of the long cord on either side.

Top Tip Try working with the central cord taut and slightly suspended so you can get your fingers under it. The lid of a plastic storage tray or box is perfect for this as you can anchor both ends of the cord with sticky tape. Alternatively secure to a clipboard.

Step 2

Take the left-hand side of the long cord OVER the short cord and UNDER the right-hand side of the long cord – make sure you keep a loop on the left hand side.

Step 3

Now take the right-hand side of the long cord and pass it UNDER the short cord and UP thorough the loop on the left hand side.

Step 4

Pull the two ends of the long cord evenly to tighten the knot around the short cord. This is the first half of the square knot.

Step 5

The second half of the square knot is formed in a similar way but in reverse.

So, take the right-hand side of the long cord OVER the short cord and UNDER the left-hand side of the cord – make sure you keep a loop on the right hand side.

Step 6

Then take the left-hand side of the long cord UNDER the short cord and UP through the loop on the right hand side.

Step 7

Pull the ends of the cord evenly to tighten and complete the square knot. As you will be working towards you push the square knot away from you so that it is about 15cm from the very end of the short cord.

Now repeat the knotting method from step 2 until that you have 6 complete square knots. You may need to experiment with tension a couple of times to get the feel for the knot.

Step 8

String a large bead onto the short cord. If you are working on a tray or box you may like to add all the beads at this point.

The beads should thread on easily if not, dip 2cm of the cord’s end into some PVA glue, wipe off the excess and allow to dry.

Now slide the first bead up to the last knot and wrap the two side of the long cord either side of it…

Step 9

…then tie two complete square knots to hold it in place. Bring the next bead up and repeat until you have used all your beads.

Step 10

After the last bead is added tie 6 complete square knots. Now you can remove the bracelet.

Step 11

Secure the ends with glue or clear nail varnish, allow to dry, then trim the excess cord with a sharp scissors.

If you are using a nylon cord you can fuse it together with a ‘thread zapper’ (always follow the instructions supplied with the tool).

Alternatively the heat from a lighter or match can be used but you need to be extremely careful. It is important that you do not hold the flame directly on the cord as the idea is to melt the end and not burn it.

Step 12 - Forming the clasp

Try the bracelet on for size and you’ll see how much you need to add to form the clasp.

Use the 6 square knots on the main band as a guide to the number of knots require.

Lay the two short strand so that they cross…

Step 13

…take the 50cm piece of light blue cord that you set aside earlier and slip it under the two crossed cords. Make sure that you have an equal length of light blue cord on either side.

Then tie as many square knots as you need. These knots need to be fairly tight (but not overtight).

Step 14

Secure the ends as you did in step 11. Add a small bead to each of the dark blue tails and tie a loose overhand knot.

Before pulling it tight check that you can still get the bracelet on!.

Now you have mastered the technique you can go on and experiment with different cords and beads. The measurements used in this project are a useful guide to get you going and in general work with most materials

The finished project.