Make a Knotted Twist Bracelet

Edited by Rowan, Lynn, Eng, Jen M


We all love having a variety of accessories to revive our clothes, and creating our own jewelry adds a special touch that gives us a signature look. The bracelet we will work on here is a remake of J.Crew's Knotted Twist Bracelet, and it is an easy way to get the same lovely vintage bracelet without paying lots of money. So if you ever saw that bracelet and wished to have it, you can stop wishing and make it with the cost that suits your wallet. The special thing about the knotted twist bracelet is that it has a casual yet classic look, that would go well with a dress or a t-shirt, as it adds a feminine flare that will compliment any outfit. After you finish all the steps, you will find that you have a beautiful bracelet that you made yourself.

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    The things you will need to start making the knotted twist bracelet
    1. Pearl beads: about two long strands of 3 mm pearls (get the type you would like from glass or plastic).
    2. Plastic coated wire (in a color that matches the chains you will get) and crimp beads (also with a matching color to the wire, so they would blend in).
    3. 2.5 feet of dark gold chain (the type you would prefer, whether brass chains or oxide plated steel box chains with a gold finish, which is like what is used in the J.Crew bracelet version).
    4. Jump rings and a clasp (with matching colors to the chains as well).
    5. Pliers and wire cutters (or a pair of really sharp scissors).
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    You will start by cutting the 2.5 feet chain into three equal length parts with the wire cutter
    And in case you don't have one, just use the sharp scissors, but it won't be as easy as using a wire cutter (so you need to be extra careful), and it will definitely take a longer time.
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    If you go with the scissors, then the best way to cut or divide the chain into three parts, is by trying to separate and create a gap between the two ends of the link, so you will open the link
    It is easier and safer than trying to use the scissors to cut the chain.
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    After having the three chains
    chain jump
    You will attach one jump ring to each of the three chain ends, and then you will connect the clasp to that jump ring that is holding the chains.
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    Do the same process to the other loose ends to have all the chain's three ends linked to one jump ring (but this side doesn't need a clasp).
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    Now, you will start working on making the three strings of pearl beads about nine inches, and they need to be the same length as the chains
    So, you will get a jump ring and use the pliers to make sure it is completely closed to make a perfect circle with no space between the ends of the jump ring. Then cut off a long piece of the plastic coated wire (with extra length for attaching to the jump rings and also in case a part gets ruined or something) and attach it to the jump ring using the crimp bead, and close the loop you created around the jump ring with the pliers. After adding the pearls and making the pearl strand, close with another crimp bead and attach it to a jump ring.
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    Make another two strands to have a total of three equal length pearl strands (just like the chains strand), with jump rings on each end.
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    Gather the three pearl strands and link them with one jump ring on each side to make the three strands connected as one.
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    Now that you have two types of "let us consider them strings" strings (one made of pearls and one made of chains), you will need to start tying them in a sailor knot,
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    That is the essence of the knotted twist bracelet
    The sailor knot goes something like this:  
    1. Secure one end of each (the pearls string and the chains string); consider the pearls as String A and the chains as String B. Rotate string A counter clockwise to make the first loop and make the secure end on top of the loose end of the string.
    2. Now take string B and rotate it clockwise to make a loop that goes over the secure end of string A and under its loose end.
    3. Last but not least, weave the loose end of string B through the loop of string A, making it go under the first part of string A's loop, then over string B's secure end, and then under the second part of string A's loop again.
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    After you do the sailor knot
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    Connect the two ends of the pearl strand (that meet after doing the sailor knot) with a jump ring, and then link the loose chain end to the jump ring attached to the clasp.
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    Tug the knot well, so you would have a final clean look and in order to see the sailor knot's beauty.
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    And you are done
    All you need to do now is go out and show it off.
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Tips and Warnings

  • You can go for funky colored pearls with contrasting colored chains for more of a casual modern look, by mixing blue pearls with pale green chains, or go for a sexy edge by using fiery red pearls with black or silver chains.
  • You can also use pale or vibrant colored pearls with gold chains to give it a distinguished look by using colors like red or neon pink or neon blue pearls.
  • You can get creative by choosing a different type or shape of clasp, as small details matter, or use a small pendant with a special meaning(that can be attached to the clasp).
  • You can use different sizes of chains and pearls, but it is better to stick to the small sizes like 1.5 or 2.5 mm), depending on the size of the bracelet you want, but consider that bigger pearls or chains may lead to a messy lumpy knot that is hard to tug well because it will have gaps rather than narrow spaces like the small sizes.
  • Be careful with your tools (scissors, pliers, and wire cutters), because if you use them in a rough way with the chains and pearl strands, it could scratch the coating that colors the chains or the pearls. And of course be careful not to cut yourself.

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