11.3.11

{how to: braided brass hex nut bracelet}

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. . . have always adored bracelets -- gold, silver, sequined, leather, or extravagantly adorned with diamonds or swarovski crystals, but never could imagine that a few things from the hardware store -- a little twine and a few brass nuts -- could be transformed into such a stunningly elegant and impossibly chic fashion accessory . . .

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{you will need:}
3 strands of twine cut into one yard pieces, 18 small brass hex nuts


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{steps:}

1. gather the 3 strands of twine and tie a knot at the top, leaving about two inches of slack

2. start braiding

3. at about an inch of the way down, you’ll begin braiding in the nuts

4. before you braid the far left strand over the middle strand, thread on a nut, push it against the base of the braid, and crossover; depending on the thickness of the twine, you can wrap tape around the bottom tips to prevent the twine from fraying


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5. keep your thumb at the base of the braid, holding the nut in its place

6.
before you braid the far right strand over the middle, thread on another nut, push it against the base of the braid and crossover

7.
again, hold your thumb tightly against the base of the braid, keeping the nuts in place

4.
thread another nut onto the far left piece and crossover

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9. repeat the steps, by threading the rest of the nuts to the outer pieces of twine before they are crossed over

10 & 11. thread, cross, thread, cross

12. finish the bracelet with another inch of braided twine and a knot


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the bracelet should wrap around your wrist at least two or three times; trim it to your liking

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mix with silver and crystal for a rock 'n refined look and you're set xo



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{all images & instructions (with edits) from honestly . . . wtf via refinery 29; layouts by this is glamorous}



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39 Comments:

Blogger Cassi said...

Yes, very cool...I stumbled upon this tutorial the other day and thought it was super clever, and oh so stylish.

March 11, 2011  
Blogger Ashley Borysewich said...

love it! following you now :)

ashleyborysewich.blogspot.com

March 11, 2011  
Blogger Alice said...

Gorgeous! I'm going to try it out this weekend... You have such impeccable taste. :)
Alice

http://likeasilhouette.blogspot.com/

March 11, 2011  
Anonymous meenal @ maison marigold said...

this is genius!!! who would have thought a trip to the hardware store could help add to one's glam quotient??? i'm loving your DIY posts..so easy and with excellent results!! thankyou for this lovely idea...i'm surely going to give it a shot!!! I do hope to see you on my blog someday...soon!! xx meenal

March 11, 2011  
Blogger Rachel {Inspiration in Italy} said...

Roséline this is absolutely amazing!! I too cannot believe how elegant and chic this looks from some twine and nuts! It looks classy and gorgeous...what creative brilliance this is, I love it! I will definitely be trying this.


Rachel

March 11, 2011  
Blogger Helen said...

I like the idea,bracelet on her arm looks really nice.
Have a lovely weekend.
Helen

March 11, 2011  
Blogger Gabriella said...

I posted this last week and I have to say I still am in love with it! It's so incredibly cool. I really think I'm going to go and make myself one of these! Have a lovely weekend! x

March 11, 2011  
Anonymous Rachael @ Roco Rennie said...

Oh my goodness, I love this - guess what I'll de doing this weekend - make a great pressie too

March 11, 2011  
Blogger Chapstick Fanatic said...

wow that is beautiful! i am definitely going to try it.

http://lachapstickfanatique.blogspot.com

March 11, 2011  
Blogger Pacific NW Blogfan said...

Awesome. Looks great.

March 11, 2011  
Blogger Lindsay said...

this is awesome!!!

March 11, 2011  
Blogger Johanna said...

Wow...that is so genius I can't even stand it.

March 11, 2011  
Blogger chicfille said...

love this! can't wait to try my own version.

March 11, 2011  
Blogger Julia said...

Wow, this looks like something even I could do! What a beautiful bracelet!

March 11, 2011  
Anonymous Design Fixation said...

I came across this the other day too - I just picked up some hex nuts to try it! I'm thinking stainless steel with dusty purple twine....

March 11, 2011  
Blogger vanessa joie said...

this is fantastic. thank for posting it!

March 11, 2011  
Blogger elizabeth / sophisticated pie said...

these are awesome. I'm totally giving it a try. Thanks for the DIY!!

March 11, 2011  
Anonymous Linsi said...

Really cute - glam at first glance, but fun when you look close. Definitely want to try it out. Thanks!

March 11, 2011  
Blogger A Casa da Vá said...

Just genius!

March 11, 2011  
Blogger Jessica said...

yay, a weekend project:) Love it!

March 11, 2011  
Blogger Sugar said...

Wowza. I totally love that. So great. Thanks for the post!!

March 11, 2011  
Blogger Simone Howell said...

Oh my gosh! Love this!! Thanks for sharing...may hv to make a few this weekend.

xo

March 11, 2011  
Anonymous Mackenzie Khristov said...

ooh, I love this, you could also do it with some beautiful silk cord or leather for a totally different look.

March 11, 2011  
Anonymous BirdyBlue said...

I found it on a other blog and i directly loved it!
One day later i created it and now all my friends jealous... The work has really paid off!

March 12, 2011  
Blogger Michelle Porth said...

I posted about this last week, and I tried out different looks using a variety of sizes, colors and quantity of hex nuts. It's fun to expand on the idea! You can see my work here:

http://aredenvelope.blogspot.com/2011/03/diy-hardware-jewelry.html

March 12, 2011  
Blogger The enchanted home said...

Wow you made this look easy....who knew such a great look could be done so easily! Fabulous......great little hobby idea and boy, could you get creative!!

March 12, 2011  
Anonymous shana said...

beautifully simplistic. many hearts.

March 12, 2011  
Blogger Glory said...

Love the post! Such a great idea! Thank you! & love the blog!

March 12, 2011  
Anonymous Nicole said...

GORGEOUS!! i must make this. post more like this often, please! :)

March 12, 2011  
Blogger Charlie and Kathryn said...

That is genius.

i'm am going to do that pronto, how smart?

Kathryn.

March 13, 2011  
Blogger Meredith Mills said...

Oh my goodness! This bracelet is so chic and beautiful! Great idea! Thanks for always inspiring! :)

-Meredith
twelve19blog.blogspot.com

March 13, 2011  
Blogger Solana James said...

Thank you for this post. I was looking for a project to do this weekend and this was perfect! I posted an image on my blog facebook page of the bracelet I made {and chunky necklace} www.solothais.com

You have a beautiful blog and I look forward to reading it everyday.

Thank for the inspiring imaages
Solana

March 14, 2011  
Blogger courtney said...

i just made this! i have sterling hex nuts and oatmeal twine. LOVE IT! already rocking it :]

tip for those about to try it: safety pin the initial knot to a bed/ chair/ etc. so the string stays taut-- it'll be much easier to hold the hex nuts in place (i was struggling with that a bit initially).

good luck.

and thanks, roseline!

<3

March 19, 2011  
Anonymous Honestly...WTF said...

Thank you for posting our DIY. And we're so happy you guys like it!

Love,
E & L from Honestly...WTF

March 23, 2011  
Blogger SCW said...

loved this project idea so much and made one as pronto as possible!
check it out on my blog The Mint's Tint : )

thanks for the awesome idea!

August 12, 2011  
Blogger marionromain said...

Great idea! Look forward to do it myself.

January 27, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this post and this bracelet. I tried this DIY a few months ago and loved it. I made one with a blue cord and one with yellow leather cord; they're fabulous! Thanks for sharing and including such detailed instructions and pictures for those who haven't attempted yet.

February 18, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just made one ! It's really beautiful and easy to do, thanks for this DIY :)

February 29, 2012  
Anonymous Masha said...

OMG love your rings!

March 15, 2012  

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