Easy Way to Update a Traditional 3-Strand Braid Bracelet into a Scale Bracelet
Summary: This is a pretty transformation to traditional a 3-strand bracelet. By adding the flat-round acrylic beads you can completely give the bracelet a brand look like scale bracelet.
Learning to make a beaded braid bracelet allows us to create and design visually fascinating texture. Here, during making a basic 3-strand bracelet, you can make a brand-new style by accentuating two rows of frosted acrylic beads at the center. Different beads may occasion different patterns!
Supplied needed for the beaded 3-strand bracelet:
Flat-round Frosted Acrylic Beads
8mm Round Frosted Acrylic Bead
Ball Headpins (optional)
1mm Nylon Thread
How to add beads while making a traditional 3-strand bracelet?
Step 1: Make a wrapped loop
1st, cut two lengths of 1mm nylon thread, about 40cm and 80cm long;
2nd, fold the longer cord in half;
3rd, take the 40cm cord and start to wrap from the middle of the longer one;
4th, loop the wrapped part when it reach the same diameter as the round bead;
5th, secure the loop by tying a fast knot.
Step 2: Start to braid with the 3 cord strands
Braid with the 3 cords for 1/3 of your bracelet.
Step 3: Add on the flat-round beads
1st, decide the left and right cord ends, string one bead per strand;
2nd, braid with the 3 cord ends until the left cord becomes the right one and the right one becomes the new left one;
3rd, add one bead on the left and right cord and braid once more;
4th, keep adding beads on the selected left and right ends and then braiding in basic way for another 1/3 of your bracelet.
Step 4: Braid the last 1/3 part
Arrange the beads towards one direction and then braid the 1/3 part of bracelet with cords.
Step 5: Add the 8mm round bead
1st, string the 8mm bead on one string;
2nd, braid an extra 2 or 3 times;
3rd, secure with an overhand knot;
4th, remove the excess.
This project just shows a modification of the easy-to-make 3-strand bracelet. Actually, I’ve tried another pattern with the 5-strand braid, and the result is more like a scale bracelet. So, I recommend you give it a try if time allows. Nice Try!