Uploaded on Jan 15, 2012
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Clear Rexlace (Boondoggle/Lanyard/Lacing)
White Embroidery Floss (100% cotton)
Markers or dye to color the string
■ LENGTH OF STRING: Cut the white embroidery floss about two inches longer than your wrist size. Color it with the markers. Let it dry for an hour or two or speed it up by using a blow dryer or heat gun. Set aside.
■ LENGTH OF REXLACE: Cut two pieces of clear Rexlace about 60 inches long. If you have smaller wrists you can decrease by 5 inches, larger you can increase by 5 inches.
1 oval jump ring (or round if you prefer)
one to two headpins (or 1 headpin + 1 pre-made clasp)
Super Glue Gel
Round nosed pliers
Lighter to singe the cut ends of lace (optional)
How to make the box and barrel stitches:
HOW TO DO IT:
Slip the jump ring on to the Rexlace and make your first stitch around the ring. (rexlace will be folded in half, the ring will be at the fold. Making the stitch will secure it.)
Push the center of the stitch outward to loosen it slightly and add a dab of super glue. Push the colored string slightly in to the hole in the center of the stitch. Let the glue dry so the string becomes secure enough to work with.
Start working as you would with a regular barrel stitch. Make sure the colored string stays in the center at all times.
After tightening each stitch tug the center string to make sure it is straight- if you don't pull it then you may find the string is getting caught in the stitches and scrunching up inside of them causing your string to shorten prematurely as well as causing your bracelet to have a visible flaw of "concentrated color" close to the surface.
Continue until you reach the end and trim the last little bit of excess off. Make an extra stitch on top of where you just trimmed. loosen the middle of the stitch and add some super glue and your headpin. Tighten the stitch around the headpin. (The flat base of the headpin should be secured under the stitch.) Make an extra stitch to be sure it will be secure.
Cut the excess from the headpin and leave enough to form a loop with your round nosed pliers. (A little less than half an inch is usually good for me.)
Add on your jewelry clasp and you are done.
If you decide to make a clasp from my instruction then you will use about 2 inches of headpin wire. You can clip the flat piece off and use it as is. Fold the wire in half. Laying it flat on your desk, imagine two jewelry loops sticking upward from the wire. Pick it up and while holding the fold between your fingers create the loops. After finishing the loops bend the long part downward to form a hook. Finished.
ALTERNATIVE ENDING FOR A SEAMLESS BRACELET: If you know how to make actual boondoggle bracelets you can also use that method here so you can avoid the clasp altogether. It's your choice what you do to close it- if you prefer a clasp add one and if you prefer bangles with no fuss then make it wide enough to slip over the widest part of your hand and then use the boondoggle 'seamless' method.
BOILING METHOD: I tested it on my test piece and it doesn't seem to have ruined it. I used permanent marker on 100% six stranded embroidery floss and when I am weaving the plastic lacing I pull my knots very tight. It seems the water didn't reach the thread and if it did there was no ill affects to the project. If you guys test it out let me know what you used and how it worked out. (Note: I only dipped the string for about 5 to 10 seconds before dipping it in ice water for a few seconds.)
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