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Bi-color tutorial with colors mixed by ChaosFay Bi-color tutorial with colors mixed by ChaosFay
:iconvioletsuccubus: made the tutorial, so give her special thanks for this. Without her I wouldn't have anything to show.

:iconchaosfay: aka me made jewelry and took the photographs.

Before starting this please refer to this for instructions for the beginning and closure of this piece.


1. Seeing as this is a bracelet you need only to cut four cords 3 meters in length. For a shorter item use shorter cords. Also, keep in mind that it is always better to use too much than not enough, so feel free to add length. Especially so if you're making a longer piece.

I used .5 mm natural brown cotton cord, two each, and .5 mm light green cotton cord, two each. Create the closure as directed in a previous tutorial. After you have that done set your cords up brown, brown, green, green, green, green, brown, brown. A better way of understanding that is looking at the picture. You can see how I have them set up. The reason for this is to to create a mixed color sort of effect. I mixed up the colors to add a bit of playfulness to this.

2. This is an alternating square knot pattern with three cords for each knot. Take note of how the colors are mixed except for the middle. The middle with have a sort of green fiber bead look.

3. I added two seed beads along the edge to fill in some space and add flair. The green and brown pop more with the dark blue seed beads. Also, due to space, I put in only two so as not to cause a warped effect. I want the edges smooth.

Take note that I didn't make a "fiber bead" before adding the larger bead. I instead slid the bead onto the cords. This closes the gap a bit and makes it look a little tighter with the knots on the outside edge of it.

Now the knots around it are half knots. I ended with the knots in the position at the end of them so as not to interrupt the way they look through the piece. Consistency is key to this look.

Also, a clue to a perfect frame for the bead without warping the cords and fighting to keep them in position is to put enough knots on the outside so they frame it. In other words the half knots are longer than the bead. When you tight the square knots to close the frame they will arch around it. The more half knots you make the larger the arches.

4. Notice how tightly framed the half knots frame the larger bead? That's the look I wanted. A nice tight frame.

Now continue the pattern of just alternating square knots and two seed beads. For bells I put them on the outside cord so they have more movement to bounce off each other. I use clapperless bells, not jingle bells. These ones only make noise when they bounce off one another.

Continue with the square knots and seed beads, followed by the larger beads and framing. I used no pendant on this, only the bells. Keep going until you reach the desired length. In my case it was eight inches.

For the closure please scroll up to the thumb I have posted. There's instructions on the closure there.

5. Final: Ta-Da! All finished! Notice the way the large beads are perfectly framed? Also, with the way I had the colors set up, there's a lot of mixing. I use this effect for wilder pieces to add a fun look to them.

Feel free to use whatever colors you like, and whatever beads if you want to use them at all. Sometimes the mix of colors does the work for you! Experiment with more than two colors and see what happens!

Previous tutorials


If you want me to make a tutorial on how to make these knots let me know. I'll work on something just for that. However, you will likely find tutorials around devart for just the knots. Look around and find what works for you.
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Hell-is-a-56 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Lovely! :clap:
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ChaosFay Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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