Tuesday, May 10, 2011

It's a Wrap

While I was in Florida visiting my Dad, I took a bracelet class at the local bead shop.


The class was to make this Chan Luu-style wrap bracelet.

Well, evidently I showed up late to the wrap bracelet party since they've been out for a couple of years but...


I really love it. I used an antique steel cut brass button as the closure and I liked the 5 wrap design. To make 5 wraps, I had to use 7 ft. of leather cording...


It ended up being over one yard of beaded bracelet so it took a few days to make but now I'm hooked.

I'm inspired by this Chan Luu design next...

I can see weaving in all kinds of fabrics, beads, buttons etc...

The actual making of the bracelet is really simple so I thought it might be a good project for the nieces this Summer.

If you google "How to make Chan Luu bracelet", you'll find lots of tutorials.

And if you have no desire to make one yourself but want to look at some options to buy...you can check out the official Chan Luu website where the bracelets sell for $150 and up! Or check out sellers such Mad River Designs which offer beautiful and cheaper versions...

Have a great day!

11 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Lovely!!! Did you use steel cut flathead beads for this ???? Love love the button!! Well if you are late, then I am beyond late as I ahve not seen anything like this!!! Such fun and I think the neices will love it!!

Dees said...

Love it!

MosaicMagpie said...

I have never heard of this type of bracelet. I will go do a search, yours looks great!
Deb

kaite said...

it's beautiful, i just love wearing leather so i'll sneak on over and take a peek, thanks for sharing.

Wendy said...

I love it!! You did such a beautiful job!
How i wish you lived just down the street and could help me out with the beaded cuff i'm trying to put together [whine]. I have all the beading done, but now i'm worrying over the mechanics of putting it together. Any suggestions for the "innards"? I originally thought i'd use metal (like a folded up coke can), but in retrospect, it really makes too much noise, and a friend thinks it'll restrict my movement too much...
Oh well.
I LOVE *your* bracelet, though!
=-)

lifemyway said...

That is a really beautiful bracelet. I think I may have to try it myself sometime.

Carol said...

I think I saw this made with glass beads. It didn't impress me much, but I really like the leather. And I REALLY like your next design to try. Very cool. Yep, I can see a Bracelet Revolution coming up!!
xx, Carol

Createology said...

I love your new bracelet you learned and handmade. It is really intriguing. I had not seen this type of beading. Happy wearing...

coral-seas said...

I haven't heard of these braclets before but they are really cute and look like fun to make and wear. I think your nieces will love it. I like the rose gold braclet also. Did you learn how to add the beads to the outer edge or do you have to figure that out?

Rachel said...

Looks lovely. And who cares about coming late to the party if you can still have fun!

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Its me from Mad River Designs. One of your fans just purchased two wrap bracelets from me and I wanted to thank you millions for the promotion on your blog. Love, love, love the bracelet you made. You definitely have something going on there.

Huge hugs to you!
Hope

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