I'm happy to bring you a tutorial on how to make the "Chan Luu" bracelets with the girl who taught me, Emily!
, your choice in color. We used the 1.5mm thickness. You can also use other cords made of linen or a natural fiber for a vegan option.
Beads, size, color and type up to you
, thin enough to pass through your beads (sewing needle works well, too!)
Larger button or bead for the end of bracelet
4 wrap bracelet 34-36 inches when cord is doubled
3 wrap bracelet 20-22 inches when cord is doubled
Make sure to wrap the leather around your own wrist to check for length and also allow enough cord for a knotted loop at the end to secure around the button.
Take your button and thread it on the leather placing it halfway, folding the leather in half.
Step 1: Thread your needle and your first bead on to the jewelry thread, sliding it all the way to the opposite end of the thread – leaving yourself a 6" tail. Place the bead and thread OVER the leather cord with the tail of your thread coming from the bottom of the bracelet and working thread on top.
Step 2: Bring your needle behind the bottom cord, through the bead and out under the bottom cord.
Pull Thread through.
Step 3: Bring needle from the bottom over the leather cord through the bead and under the top cord and pull tightly.
Repeat by bring the needle over the top of the leather cord through the bead and under the bottom cord.
Bring needle up through the bead one more time ending with the thread coming out from behind the top leather cord. Pull tightly.
Step 4: Thread another bead and bring it down to the leather cord.
Step 5: Bring needle over the the top cord and under the bottom cord holding bead in place with your fingers.
Step 6: Bring needle over the cord, through the bead and under the top cord. Pull thread through.
Thread another bead on the cord and conintue adding beads as in Step 5 and 6 until desired bracelet length.
Secure your last bead as directed as first by pulling thread through at least 3x. Tie a knot with the cord and thread at edge of bead. Cut thread. Tie 2nd knot allowing a space large enough to fit your button through.
Make a full arm's worth and be the envy of your friends.
Shops on Etsy that sell beads:
If you're local so SF there are our favorite bead places:
The Bead Shop, in the Castro
General Bead, downtown
Successories in the Button Box, Noe Valley
Happy bracelet making!