Making a Shamballa Bracelet

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Since the release of our Shamballa kit we've had a lot of requests for a tutorial so people could make different styles than that offered in the kit. Below you will find the instructions for a 7 bead Shamballa bracelet, along with a list of all the materials you will need.



Materials
  • 8 Feet of 1.2mm Stringing Material

  • Stopper Beads

  • Nipper tool

  • 7 - 10mm Beads with 2mm Hole

  • 1 Small Clipboard

  • 1 Clip

  • G-S Hypo Cement




CREATING A SHAMBALLA BRACELET



(Step 1) Using your nipper tool take your 8' of knotting cord and cut it in half, leaving 2 equal pieces (4' each).


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(like this)




(Step 2) Take one of your 4' segments and cut it in half leaving two 2' pieces and one 4' piece.


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(like this)




(Step 3) Clip one of your 2' pieces of cord into your clipboard, leaving an 8" tail on both sides of the clip board.





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(Step 4) Load your beads, pull your cord tightly, and use your binder clip to clip your cord to the bottom of your board. This will be your guide line.





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(Step 5) Place your 4’ cord under the guide line Keeping it even on both ends.







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(Step 6) Take the right side of your cord over the guide and under your left side of cord. Now take the left side under your guide and up through the loop.



(Step 7) Take the left side of your cord over your guide, and under the right side, then take the right side of your cord moving it under the guide and over the left cord (through the loop)



(Step 8) Repeat Steps 6 and 7 3 times then push up your bead.





(Step 9) After you’ve pushed up your first bead follow this pattern below



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  • Push up your final beads

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After completing steps 1-9 the end of your bracelet should look like this



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(Step 10) You should have some excess cord on the right and left side of your guide line. Lets clean those up.





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Glue around both area’s you have extra cord and let is dry for a few minutes.




(Step 11) Now that the glue has had a chance to dry, go ahead and snip off the remaining cord





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What you have now, should look very similar to this.




(Step 12) At this point we get back to our knotting to close off our bracelet. Make sure to overlap your remaining cord (image above) as this will now be our guide line.





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(Step 13) Use your remaining 2’ cord and place it evenly under your new guidelines.



(Step 14) From here we will be going back to page one using steps 6 and 7 repeatedly until you wrap an amount you are happy with for sizing. (Usually 14 Knots or the pattern below)





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(Step 15) Once you’ve finished knotting, slide your stopper beads onto your guide line to give you a way to tighten your bracelet.





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(Step 16) Glue and cut the remaining segments of your 2’ cord



(Step 17) Lastly, you want to make a tight knot at the end of your stopper beads, gluing to secures, and cutting off any excess cord. Now just let it dry for 24 hrs. Then show it off.



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3 comments :

  1. Very nice tutorial! Love these, I am going to make one to give to my brother-in-law. Do you have any suggestions on making it more manly? Thanks, love your beads!
    Jillie

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  2. Hey Jillie - For a more Manly Shamballa I would suggest using gemstones. We carry various large hole gemstones that would be perfect for such a bracelet. Here is a link that will take you to them! Have fun making it! Let us know how it turns out! - Amanda, TCB

    http://www.toocutebeads.com/2mm-Hole-Gemstones_c_1963.html

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  3. I started making these a couple of weeks ago, after ordering 2 kits. I am now making them like crazy! I've used a variety of the colored cord, as well as hemp. I have also used clear fingernail polish instead of the glue/cement, and it seems to work pretty well.
    I made one bracelet with the olive cord and the large hole jasper gemstones--it's beautiful!!

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