Stylishbracelets withwide Russiansoutache. Several variantsfrom Smyks
Extra wide 6mm Russian soutache with nylon and a slit in the middle has a nice exclusive look, and due to its stiffness, it’s a good choice for bracelets. You can decorate the bracelets in the same way as when you make leather bracelets, with charms with spacer beads, beads orpendants.
To make the bracelets shown above youwill need the followingmaterials:
Here is a direct link if you wish to purchase a finished Soutache bracelet like the ones seen above.
Bracelet with charms
This shows you how to makethis simplebraceletwith charmsand a magneticclasp, wrapped around1-3times.
Measure the cord on your wrist with thenumber of wrapsyou want (approximately 20cm per wrap-around). The length of the clasp (approx.1cm) should be subtracted from this.Cut itwith a pair of sharpscissors.The cordfrayseasilyat the ends, so do not touchtoo much.
Take amagnetic clasp anddisassemble it.Each of the twopartsof the claspis glued onseparately.The adhesive isplaced ina narrow striparound theinside wall ofthe clasp(not on the bottom).Make sure thatyou glueinto the correctholes.
Fold the cord lightly, and then gently “screw” the clasponso that the glueis evenly distributed. It is not easy to avoid somefrays along theedge. Thesecan be removed with anail clipper, ortry to melt themoff witha lighter.
Glue onthe otherpart of the claspatthe opposite end.
Bracelet with rhinestone cupchain
Here, a piece of cupchain (2 mm) is glued onto the Russian soutache, and then the cord has been glued into a 5 mm magnetic clasp.
First, take a nice piece of Russian soutache and lay it flat on a table. You can hold it straight by placing something heavy at the ends.
Add a fine strip of glue in the middle of the cord. Do not use too much glue, only enough to attach the chain to the cord.
Start at one end and move slowly, so that you are sure that it is straight.
Let it dry.
Measure of how long your bracelet should be, and cut the cord and chain with a good sharp nipper or a pair of sharp scissors.
Apply glue to the clasp-parts of the magnetic clasp and put them on as described above in “Bracelets with charms.”
Bangles or Turk’s head-knot bracelets of Russian soutache.
The Russian soutache is also suitable for making these delicate bangles using the Turk’s head knot.
For a normal-size bracelet, 3 meter of cord is required. To close the ends together, a little bit of jewelry glue is required. The bracelet is made so that it can expand, making it easy to take on and off, therefore you do not need a clasp.