How to Make Rasta Bracelets

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How to Make Rasta Bracelets
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Rasta bracelets, which usually contain black, green, gold and red, are a symbol that many adherents to the Rastafari movement wear. The colours of the Rastafari movement, popularised by Bob Marley in the 1970s, symbolise things that are important to Jamaican heritage. The red stands for the blood of Jamaican martyrs, the black represents the Africans who represent the majority of the Jamaican population, green symbolises the Jamaican earth, and the gold is taken from the Jamaican flag and symbolises their nationality.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Beads
  • Beading cord
  • Crimping pliers
  • Crimp beads
  • Clamshell bead tips
  • Chain-nose pliers
  • 2 jump rings
  • Lobster clasp

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  1. 1

    Design your bracelet. Traditionally, Rasta bracelets contain green, red and gold on a background of black. Plan out your bracelet so that the colours can mesh without clashing or overwhelming each other.

  2. 2

    Purchase the necessary materials. You can probably get the necessary beads and cord from a local craft store. However, if your local area doesn't have a good craft store, you can purchase supplies online from one of many jewellery component suppliers.

  3. 3

    Cut a piece of beading cord that is the appropriate length for a bracelet. If you measure your wrist, add 2 inches to this number; that way, if you have to tie a knot or snip off a frayed end, you will not have to start over.

  4. 4

    String a clamshell bead tip and a crimp bead onto the end of the wire and use crimping pliers to fasten the crimp around the beading cord.

  5. 5

    Squeeze the two sides of the clamshell bead tip around the crimp bead so that the clamshell hides the crimp and is held in place at the end of your cord. Cut away any extra cord that still sticks out of the clamshell.

  6. 6

    String the beads onto the cord in the correct order. Rasta bracelets contain three very bold colours, so you might find them clashing once you actually make your bracelet. Don't hesitate to change your design at the last minute; there are no mistakes in art.

  7. 7

    Open a jump ring using two pairs of chain-nose pliers and thread the jump ring through the clamshell bead tip and through a lobster clasp. Close the two ends of the jump ring back together with the pliers to attach the clasp to the end of your bracelet.

  8. 8

    Open up a second jump ring and add it to the other end of the bracelet. The lobster clasp will attach to this jump ring to keep the bracelet fastened securely around your wrist.

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