Bracelet with Bisque Ceramic Beads, Macramé Waxed Cotton Cord and Antiqued Gold-Finished "Pewter" Drop

STEP 1
Using enamel multipens in bright orange, light green and white, apply randomly placed hearts onto one bisque ceramic bead and allow to fully dry (approximately 24 hours). After the design is dry, apply two more coats, fully drying between each coat.

String the enameled beads onto a titanium wire for firing.

Fire enameled beads in a kiln following this firing schedule:
  • Ramp 3 = 120 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Firing temp = 1400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Hold = 10
  • Allow to cool to room temperature
Tip: Each layer should be allowed to dry before applying the next.

Allow final design to dry completely before firing.

Results vary from kiln to kiln and sometimes from firing to firing or color to color. It is advisable to do a test firing prior to creating the final design.
STEP 2
Using scissors cut one 36-inch length of 0.5mm lime waxed cotton cord and one 36-inch length of 2mm lime waxed cotton cord.

Using flush-cutters cut two 5-inch lengths of Zebra Wire™ gold color 22-gauge wire.
STEP 3
Match one end of each of the two 36-inch lengths of cord. Double the cords in half and match up all four ends creating four strands. Pin or tape strands to your work station at the center to make it easier to form your knots evenly.
STEP 4
Make a square knot using the two 2mm lime cord lengths as the outside strands over the two 0.5mm lime inside strands.

The basic pattern is:
  • Strand 1 over the base
  • Strand 2 over strand 1
  • Strand 2 under the base
  • Strand 2 through the loop
  • Strand 2 over the base
  • Strand 1 over strand 2
  • Strand 1 under the base
  • Strand 1 through the loop
Note: You must alternate starting with strand 1 then strand 2 to get a flat pattern. If you start consistently with the same strand, the pattern will twist.

Continue making alternating square knots for approximately 2 inches.
STEP 5
String one enameled ceramic bead onto the two 0.5mm lime base strands. Bring the 2mm lime knotting strands around the outside of the bead, then make one square knot around the base strands. Repeat to create one more set. Plus one additional square knot.

Repeat this sequence in the opposite direction.
STEP 6
Continue making square knots for approximately 2 inches after the last bead.
STEP 7
Gather the ends of the cord together and place one end of one 5-inch length of Zebra Wire in the center of the cords. Tightly wind the wire around the cords close to the last square knot to secure the cord in place.

Trim the ends of the cord close to the wire. Do not cut the Zebra Wire. Apply Vigor® Super Glue and use a toothpick to spread the glue over the ends of the cord to make sure they are saturated and prevent fraying. Allow glue to completely dry.
STEP 8
String onto the straight end of the wire one antiqued gold-plated 16x15x11mm fancy flat oval cone (open end covering the wire-wrapped end of the cord) and one Czech glass druk transparent cobalt 6mm round.

Form a wrapped loop on the straight end of the wire. Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and bent-nose pliers, open one 6mm gold-plated twisted jumpring and pass it through the loop through the loop on one gold-plated lobster claw clasp and the wrapped loop. Close the jumpring.
STEP 9
Remove the center loop on the opposite end of the bracelet from your work station. Create a wrapped loop around the center loop using one 5-inch length of Zebra Wire.

String onto the straight end of the wire one antiqued gold-plated 16x15x11mm fancy flat oval cone (open end covering the wire-wrapped end of the cord) and one Czech glass druk transparent cobalt 6mm round.

Form a wrapped loop on the straight end of the wire. Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and bent-nose pliers, open one 6mm gold-plated twisted jumpring and pass it through the wrapped loop. Close the jumpring.
STEP 10
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and bent-nose pliers, open a 4mm jumpring. Pass the jumpring through the loop on one antiqued gold-finished 17x13mm drop and one cord loop on one side of the square knots in the between the two center ceramic beads. Close the jumpring.

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