Crafty jewelry: Friendship Bracelet, very easy Tutorial

At some point in time, a reversal of roles between mothers and daughters happen. My mother used to take me to places when I was young. Now I take her to places. It took sometime before this happened but the reversal of roles between me and Princess One occurred after 9 years - sooner than anticipated. The reversal of roles I'm referring to is her being my mentor in this crafting project. I let her walk me through all the steps to create this Lasting Friendship Bracelet tutorial, which I'm also sharing with you. I love naming projects and so this is called operation Lasting Friendship Bracelet tutorial.

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Crafty jewelry:   Friendship Bracelet, very easy Tutorial
Materials needed:
Beads with large openings
Hemp cord
Tape (painter's tape is used in this case)
Cardboard 

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You'll need the cardboard to make a loom. Cut any cardboard into a strip about 3 inches wide and 11 inches long. Cut two slits on both ends approximately half an inch away from each other.

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Measure your wrist.

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Whatever the size is, add 12 inches then cut 2 strips of hemp cord with this length. For example, Princess One's wrist is 7 inches in diameter so by adding 12 inches, we have a total length of 19 inches. Cut two 19-inch strips of the hemp cord.

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Insert the hemp cords on the slits of the loom, making sure that approximately 6 inches of the cord are left hanging.

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Tape these cords at the back of the loom to look like this. They are named Cord 1 and Cord 2.

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Cut another hemp cord, called Cord 3, with a length double of Cord 1. Since in this case Cord 1 is 19 inches, Cord 3 should be 38 inches. Tie the end of Cord 3 to Cord 1 with a simple knot, leaving a tail of about 6 inches, then tucking its tail on the slit for Cord 1.

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Pass through Cord 3 under Cord 1 and Cord 2, then insert a bead.

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Make sure that the bead stays in the middle of Cord 1 and Cord 2.

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Pass Cord 3 over Cord 2 going towards the bead, then insert it in the bead. By now, Cord 3 should be on the left side and the bead is snug.

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To add the next bead, pass Cord 3 under Cord 1 and Cord 2 towards the right like the step did with the green bead.

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After that, you're ready for your next bead.

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Here's a little pictorial summary of the steps done earlier.

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When you have reached the desired length, close the bracelet by tying the ends in a knot.

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Make a clasp using another bead that you can easily slide up and down to close or loosen the bracelet.

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Knot all the ends of the hemp cord and now you have a Lasting Friendship bracelet.

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These are the bracelets we made together. It took us around 20 minutes to complete these beauties and it's so worth it!

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How about you?

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