Since the big trend is “do it yourself”, how can one not devote an article to do-it-yourself jewelry. I offer you a tutorial on how to make a shamballa bracelet in two easy steps.
Materials and supplies
It’s true, the fashion for shamballas was launched two or three years ago. And last summer, some of you already had to swap yours for rainbow looms. However, for me, due to their elegance, these Tibetan-inspired bracelets remain great classics. In addition, it is very easy to do it yourself.
I assure you, it is enough to understand the principle and it is a real child’s play afterwards. But before we get to the tutorial, here is a small list of essential supplies to create this jewel. Of course, the ideal would be to be able to offer you authentic Swarovski rhinestone pearls. Their downside? Their high price.
Otherwise, pearls of the exact same style can easily be found on the market. In glass, metal or plastic, the latter are available in all colors. This is what I use. And for the body of the bracelet, you must also have in your possession a black cord, preferably waxed cotton. Otherwise, a jewelry thread will do just fine.
Your shamballa bracelet step by step
You will need a cord of about thirty to forty centimeters. This will act as the middle frame of your bracelet. My tip for threading the beads very easily and quickly? I burn the other end with a gas burner and press down on it to form a small ball. I always start with the closing bead. Once I have threaded the desired number, I secure it all by tying a knot at the ends.
Using a safety pin, I fix everything on a small cushion. I isolate a pearl a centimeter from the others. Subsequently, I tackle the realization of macrame stitches. To do this, I need another rope, but this time about five feet long. I pass the thread under the main weft. I tie it on the latter, making sure that the left and right threads are the same length. I start weaving with the straight cord, passing it over the main thread. Then, I pass the left cord in turn over the right one, then over the main weft to bring it out on the loop formed by the first. I pull and here I am with my first reef knot.
I go up another bead and I repeat the same manipulation, but this time in the opposite direction. Little by little, the bracelet begins to form and I stop only when there are no more pearls. To finish, I slip two small seed beads at the two ends of my middle thread. And to obtain the sliding closure system, I superimpose them and enclose them in new flat knots woven using another sixty-centimeter cord.