How to Make a Men's Hemp Bracelet
Men wear jewelry too and the masculine tones of a hemp bracelet with simple wooden or plastic large hole beads make an attractive accessory for men. I have been making women’s jewelry for some time now utilizing metal and beading techniques to make necklaces and earrings to fit my own wardrobe and my own sense of fashion. I have just recently begun to experiment with hemp as my husband and sons have expressed an interest in wearing bracelets. After they saw my first few pieces, they have all asked for one of their own. I have thus far experimented with two styles – the simple braid and the square knot pattern. As the square knot has become my favorite, the following instructions will allow you to fairly easily replicate a twisted hemp men’s bracelet with beading.
Materials required for a Men’s Hemp Bracelet
- Hemp Cord
- Large-holed wooden, plastic or metal beads
- Clip board
- Binder clip
- Measuring Tape
Instructions for Creating a Men's Hemp Bracelet
There are several parts involved in making a men's hemp bracelet.
Preparing the Hemp Cords:
- Fit a strand of hemp around the intended wearer’s wrist if possible. Add 4 inches for the loop and for tying off the last bead. Measure off a piece of hemp twice this size and fold in half. This will be your anchor cords.
- Your tying cords should be about 5 times the size of your anchor cords, so measure a piece of hemp 5 times the size of the anchor cord, double it and fold in half.
- Place the shorter cord (the anchor cords) inside the fold of the longer cords (the tying cords). You now have a double loop where the cords fold.
- Tie an overhand knot.
- To ensure the resulting loop is the correct size, choose your last, large bead and fit it inside the loop. Push the knot snugly against the bead. This loop will form your closure for the finished bracelet. When the knot is positioned correctly, remove the bead and make sure the knot is tight.
Tying the Half Knot:
- Attach the loop to a clip board. Observe the four cords hanging down. The two inner cords are the anchor cords and the two outer cords are the tying cord.
- Fasten the two anchor cords to the bottom of the clipboard with a binder clip.
- Pass the right tying cord over top of the two anchor cords.
- Pass the left tying cord over top of the right tying cord.
- Pass the left tying cord under both of the anchor cords and the right tying cord and then up through the hole on the right.
- Pull on both of the tying cords to tighten the knot. REMEMBER: over-over-under-through-tie
- Continue steps 9 – 12 to create a spiral design bracelet using half knots.
Adding Beads to the hemp bracelet:
- To make the bracelet shown: After every inch of half knots, thread a large hole bead through the two anchor cords.
- Continue making half knots under the bead following steps 9 – 12, adding beads after every inch of half knots.
Finishing the Men’s Hemp Bracelet:
- When you are 2 to 2½ inches from the end of the anchor cords, insert the large bead you chose for your end bead.
- Pass the bead through the two anchor cords.
- Follow steps 1 – 6 of Tying the Half Knot to make a right half knot.
- Then, make a left half knot by reversing the order of the cords. Pass the left tying cord over top of the two anchor cords.
- Pass the right tying cord over top of the left tying cord.
- Pass the right tying cord under both of the anchor cords and the left tying cord and then up through the hole on the left. Pull on both of the tying cords to tighten the knot. You have now made a square knot.
- Make one tight overhand knot at the base of the last bead using all four cords.
- Dab glue onto the knot for safety.
- Cut all four cords, leaving about ½ inch length to further ensure the knot does not unravel.
If all goes well you will have a men's spiral hemp bracelet that looks somewhat like the photo. Mistakes will be made as I made many learning this technique. As you progress, there are many other knots and patterns and bead arrangements that can be used to create a variety of men's hemp bracelets. As I master and create more styles, I will update this hub. Enjoy the creative process!
Learn different Bracelet Styles Working with Hemp
© 2012 Teresa Coppens
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