Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Brass Hex Nut Bracelet DIY

The other day I stumbled across a tutorial for making a pretty bracelet out of nuts! Today, since it's my birthday! Hurrah! I decided to make myself a pretty birthday bracelet!

hex nut bracelet
Before starting I read through the tutorial and gathered as much notes as I could...
YOU NEED:
1) #6-32 Brass hex nuts x 18qty. I ended up buying 1/8" 25mm brass hex nuts. I also could only find them in a bolt/nut pack! Bit of a waste. There seemed to be a lot of silver hex nuts around, but not the brass variety ones :(
2) 1mm diameter twine. I ended up purchasing twine labeled 'shop twine' from Bunnings. Just make sure the twine can go through the nut hole, mine just barely did, which made threading the nuts a little awkward!
what you will need for hex nut bracelet
TIPS:
1)Tape down the 3 strands of string before you start braiding. Plaiting is hard enough, but with bolts added to the mix, it helps to have your project secured down!
2) The original instruction's measurements were slightly out (I plaited the first section for 7cm, before adding the nuts into the bracelet!)
3) Adding the nuts is hard! Everyone else on the site seemed to find it quite easy, but not me, it took myself many attempts to work out the process. The original instructions are really awesome though and I'll just add by saying, when adding the nuts into the plait, it really is all about holding them tightly in place and keeping it all really tight before you cross the strand over! Otherwise it will look messy and nuts will be flying in every direction!

hex nut bracelet

Another good tip is I threaded all my nuts onto the three seperate strings before starting (saves trying to thread them on as you are going!).  I also folded the dangly ends of the strings into bundles secured by tape! This made things less tangly and less difficult when I was plaiting.

Finally to seal off my strings ends, I dipped them into a glue/sealer that I had lying around! My bracelet simply closes by a knot around my wrist. I figured it was a cheap project, why not keep it rustic :P

hex nut bracelet diy
Ta Daaaaaaaa!
It's really pretty and shiny in real life, who would of thought..nuts!

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*points right* psst... it's just above the facebook fan page icon!
This email thing is particularly neat if you're lazy and would like some reading material delievered straight to your email...I'm excited!!

6 comments:

  1. Wow! Never would have thought of nuts as jewellery but that's really pretty! :)

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  2. I reckon!
    Crazy cool what people come up with huh!

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  3. Looks fantastic! and happy birthday to you!

    ps. I've tagged you in my latest post, check it out xoxo

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  4. thanks Carolina!
    Will go investigate this tag :)

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  5. Neat!! :) I think the nuts I bought were too big... Haha, they were the smallest ones I could find though. And you're right about it being difficult to find brass ones. Mine are silver.

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  6. Yeah I had to go for the super little ones, maybe find a thicker rope, or whatever you are going to use for the braiding part! I ended up making my boyfriend a bracelet too and foundnd a set of hex nuts for $2 bucks (only silver) at a cheap store! Luckily the set included super tiny hex nuts!

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