Rexlace, a flat, plastic lacing material that typically measures around 3/32" in width, can be found in a variety of colours and lengths. Sold on a roll similar to thread or jewellery tubing, most craft-supply and other stores sell the bright, durable lacing in 5-, 10- and 100-yard spools. Rexlace works well in many different jewellery designs, including bracelets, because of its flexibility, with the classic Rexlace stitch bracelets being the simplest and most well-known design.
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Things you need
- 4 strands of Rexlace
Cut four strands of Rexlace, combining colours of your choice. For the average sized wrist, 7 inches in length per strand works well.
Line the strands up lengthwise, evenly, on a table or other hard surface.
Pull the top of the strands up towards you and across the length of strands, creating a small loop.
Pull the length of the strands through this loop and down, pulling tight to create a knot at the top of the strands. Try to keep the knot as close to the top of the strands as possible, with only about 1cm of space left, to ensure space for the clasp.
Put something heavy -- such as a doorstop or bookend -- on the knotted end of the bracelet. This helps keep the bracelet taut and in the proper position for you to braid.
Separate the four strands, holding one in each hand, and allowing the two middle strands to hang loose.
Number each of the strands -- #1, #2, #3, #4 -- with a small marking on the end of each strand. This makes it easier to keep track of each strand so you can see the pattern of each stitch. You can trim the ends off afterwards to remove the numbers.
Wrap the No. 4 strand behind the No. 3 and No. 2 strands and pull it around to the front of the No. 2 strand.
Wrap the No. 1 strand behind the No. 2 and No. 4 strands and pull it around to the front of the No. 4 strand.
Repeat this process until you reach the bottom of the bracelet, with about 1 inch left loose.
Pull the top of the strands up toward you and across the length of strands, creating a small loop.
Pull the length of the strands through this loop and down, pulling tight to create a knot at the top of the strands. As with the other end of the bracelet, try to keep the knot as close to the top of the strands as possible, with only about 1cm of space left, to ensure space for the clasp.
Attach a jewellery clasp to each end of the bracelet. Try to position the clasps over the knots for the cleanest look.
Trim off any excess Rexlace from the ends of the bracelet. The bracelet should now fasten securely with the clasps around your wrist.
Tips and warnings
- You can add beads onto the bracelet while stringing to add a more colourful visual effect.
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