DIY – Knotted wrist watch with square steel beads

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Armbånd med ur og firkantede stålperler

Smyks’ big assortment of square steel beads are here used as the chain for this wrist watch. The steel square beads are available with and without crystal, and are found in the colours gold, steel and black. The classic method of macramé knotting has been used to create the chain, and it is finished with a macnetic clasp.

To create this watch with three inversions you’ll need:

1pc. watch face

Up to 32pcs. of square steel 20x20mm beads (here we have used 12 in crystal embellished gold, as well as 20 in gold without crystal)

5 meters of black 1,5mm nylon cord (you’ll need approx. 2×1 meter cord for the center cord and 2×1,5 meter for knotting)

1pc. gilded 6mm magnetic clasp

 

Start off by folding and connecting one of the 1 meter center cords with the watch face as shown.

 

macramé knyttet armbånd med ur

Tighten the lark’s head knot and make sure that the cord is folded on the middle.

urarmbånd knyttet med stålperler

 

Then create another knot with the 1,5 meter cord over the first one , using the same lark’s head knotting method.

urarmbånd med urskive i sort

 

Tighten, and now you have secured all your cords, both the two center cords and your knotting cord.

urarmbånd knyttet med firkantede perler

 

Now thread the square steel bead on the two center cords, here we have used a 10x10mm embellished square bead.

knyttet urarmbånd

 

Now you start knotting. The square steel beads each have a groove on each side to ensure that the cord is tight and neat up against against the bead and securing it in place. In this version of the watch, one square embellished steel bead is followed by two beads in plain gold, and then another embellished one.

knyttet armbånd med urskive

You finish the wrist watch with two square knots.

macramé urarmbånd med stålperler forgyldt

Cut the cords a little way from the knots and burn the ends until it reaches the knot, hereby sealing it. Now use a pair of Flat-Nose pliers to squeeze the together a little so it becomes around and fits into the magnetic clasp

magnetlås i knyttet armbånd med ur

 

Now glue the ends into the magnetic clasp.

urarmbånd knyttet med stålperler og magnetlås

Your wrist watch is now finished. If you desire a smaller/cheaper variant, you can simply make a chain that goes around the wrist just once.

See Smyks’ big assortment of watch faces and square beads and create your own design with your own colour combination.


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