Time Required :
About an hour
Intermediate
Intermediate
You're somewhat experienced with the skills necessary to complete this project, but you haven't mastered all the elements, yet.

be your own sunshine cording bracelet

How sweet is this Be Your Own Sunshine Cording Bracelet? Mix the trend of macramé with the personalisation of metal stamping for this bright and cheery statement piece!
Step 1

First, remove the jump ring at the top of a rectangle blank and set aside.
TIP: To open and close a jump ring, simply grasp the jump ring on both sides with chain nose pliers and twist the ring open, from side-to-side. Never pull the jump ring which can cause distortion.

Step 2

Place the blank onto your steel block then secure it with masking tape.

Step 3

Begin with the middle letter, and middle line, of your phrase. Centre the metal stamp letter on your blank. Use your stamping hammer to strike the top of the stamp once or twice. Continue to stamp the remaining letters on each side of the centre letter and each line.

Step 4

Now, apply a thin coat of black enamel over the stamped phrase. Let it set for about 1-2 minutes and then wipe away the excess enamel with a paper towel. This will help your letters stand out from the rest of the metal charm.

Step 5

Attach your charm to the loop on a tube bead and set aside.

Step 6

Add a lobster clasp onto a medium sized jump ring from the assorted pack and close the jump ring.

Step 7

Cut 18" [45.7 cm] of turquoise leather cording. Fold it in half and thread one end through a closed jump ring. Slide the cord through until the jump ring (with the lobster clasp) until it is tucked inside the fold of the leather piece.
TIP: Make sure the lobster clasp is outside the folded leather.

Step 8

Slide both ends of the leather piece through the tube bead (with your charm) and move it up so it is about ¼" [0.63 cm] from the fold. Tape the cord down to your working surface.

Step 9

Cut a 72" [183 cm] piece of nylon cord. Fold in half to find the centre. Wrap the nylon cord around the leather cords and position the centre in the back, just below the tube bead.

Step 10

Start making square knots around the leather until you get to the length needed for your bracelet. Be sure to allow about 1" [2.54 cm] for the closure.
TIP: To make square (or paracord) knots:
- First, fold the nylon cord on the left (A) across the front of the centre leather cords, horizontally, making the shape of the number 4.
- Now, take the end of the nylon cord on the right (B) and move it over cord A then under the centre leather cords and up through the opening of the “4” shape.
- Grasp the ends of both sides and tighten the knot over the centre cords. The knot will work up to the top.
TIP: The cord A is now on the right and cord B is now on the left.
- For the second half of the square knot, knot, repeat the above but in the opposite direction.

Step 11

When you get to the end, cut the nylon cords on each side close to the leather cords then carefully, and slowly, melt the cut ends with a lighter.

Step 12

Add a dab of glue inside a cord crimp closure. Cut the leather cord ends to the length needed, then place the ends inside the crimp closure. Fold the side of the metal over the leather cords. Let dry.

Step 13

Add a jump ring that is the same size as the one you used in Step 6 to the crimp closure.

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