Monday, July 14, 2014

Gatsby Inspired Ladder Stitch Wrap Bracelet

Again, a huge apology for all of the technical difficulties when this blog post originally went live. But now we are on track and I want to thank Lana for sharing this BEAUTIFUL piece of arm candy with us. I love it!!! 

Do you want to look like you are going to a Gatsby party but not spend like you are going to a Gatsby party?

Great.  We have some common ground.
This was the first piece I made…



The technique was based off this tutorial I found by DanniAndChels:
Watch the video very closely because I’m not going over technique in this blog.  I’m just going to tell you how I took the earthy leather wrap bracelet and made it into a dazzling fancy wrist piece.  This tutorial is one of those Medium Hard ones for the hardcore crafters. The technique isn’t hard, it’s just tedious work.  With that said…


Here’s what you’ll need:
-The focal point pendant of your choice.  You can order one from Etsy, Michael’s or if you are near LA, the jewelry district is candy for the child inside.


-Leather cord (you can use fake leather cords). I used “black” in this example.  The size depends on how many tiers you want.  I never use real measurements.  I just fold the cord in half and wrap it around my arm a couple of times with roughly 2 extra inches.


-Martha Stewart Metallic  Acrylic Craft Paint. This one is rose gold and non-toxic.



-Rhinestone chain. I used white rhinestones in a gold colored chain.  The length should be the same as the cord MINUS the 2 inches. You can order yours from Etsy or other online vendors.  Just search for “rhinestone chain.”


-Needle and thread. I used a light wheat/beige tone.  


Here’s the process:
When I made my first piece, I knew in my mind that I wanted the leather cord to have a metallic shine, but I didn’t want it to be too shiny.  I decided to use metallic paint.  I clipped the cord by the tip from my hanging fruit basket and randomly brushed the metallic paint all over.  Don’t worry about patterns or missing spots, the point is to look distressed and vintage. 


After around 4 hours, my piece was dry.  I like to let it dry overnight because I want to make sure it’s completely dry.  The next step is to fold the cord in half and tie a simple knot at the bend.  The goal here is to leave a loop big enough to go over the pendant.  This will be the loop that acts as a fastener on your bracelet.  (Refer to the tutorial link if you are unsure on how to tie the knot).
Once you have the knot in place, you take your needle and thread, **I measured the thread by pulling out 3 times the size of my cord and folded the thread in half**, and sew your knot in place.  Weave in and out of different spots on the knot and tighten the thread to keep the knot from unraveling. 

In other tutorials, beads were used, but I’m a fancy lady and I have fancy needs.  I use the rhinestone chain.  To start incorporating the chain, you hold the chain in place between the two cords.  The first open space between the rhinestones is where you will be binding the thread to the cords.  I wrap the thread around several times like I’m making a scarf around the space to make sure the first stone isn’t loose.  In the tutorial, the girl goes through the bead with a needle, but because this is a chain, you are wrapping the needle around the space between the rhinestones and pulling tightly towards the cord.
You don’t want to pull too tight because the cords will naturally push the chain out and be misshapen, but you don’t want to go too loose where your chain can shift around uncomfortably.



The pattern should look like a ladder.  If you find that the chain is popping up or sinking below the cords terribly, you may want to change the pattern a little.  If you are wrapping around from in front, switch to wrapping from behind.  If you forget your pattern, don’t worry.  I usually forget what I started with and end up wrapping in different patterns.  It hasn’t affected my bracelets one bit.
When you get close to the end, the pendant has to be added.  Pendants are built for necklaces.  They should have a loop for you to string them onto your chain.  In our case, we will be using that loop to attach it to our finished bracelet.



In the picture above, I attached the pendant first and did the loop last.  You can do either way.  I just wanted to show you the final knot.  Again, you sew the knot tight to keep it from unraveling.  Once you are done, you wrap it around your arm, throw the loop over the pendant and boom! Gatsby Party time!



I wish you the best of luck!!! Comment below with the pictures of your wraps! 

LOVE,
Lana




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