How to Make a Bottle-Cap Hemp Bracelet

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Bottle caps can be used to make eye-catching charm bracelets. Since they come in several sizes and many styles, they allow for plenty of personalization. Although a wide variety of materials can be used to make bottle-cap charm bracelets, hemp twine is ideal due to its strength, durability and elasticity. It also has a rustic look, which complements bottle-cap charms well.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pen
  • 1-mm hemp twine
  • Safety pins
  • Scissors
  • 2 metal cord tips
  • Crimping pliers
  • 8 small jump rings
  • Lobster clasp with loop
  • Nail and hammer or sheet metal hole punch
  • Wrap a measuring tape firmly around your wrist, without allowing it to dig into your skin, then record the measurement. You will be adding metal fasteners at the end of this project which will make the bracelet slightly larger.

  • Cut four pieces of 1-mm hemp twine, two 20 inches long and two 50 inches long. You can cut the strings shorter later if needed.

  • Hold all four pieces of twine together and tie a knot at the top.

  • Stick a safety pin through the knot and fasten it to something sturdy, such as a pillow or the arm of a couch. This will make it much easier to work on your bracelet.

  • Separate the four pieces of twine so that one of the larger pieces is on the left side, the two shorter pieces are laying in the middle and the other larger piece is on the right side.

  • Make square knots around the smaller pieces of twine until the length of the bracelet equals the measurement of your wrist. To do this, lay the center of the longer piece of twine on the left side over the smaller pieces of twine in the middle, then run it under the longer piece of twine on the right side. Don't pull the longer piece of twine too much or you will loose the loop created on the left side. Then, place the tip of the longer piece of twine on the right side over the other longer piece of twine, slide it under the smaller pieces of twine in the middle, then run it through the loop created on the left side. Pull the two longer pieces of twine in opposite directions to tighten your knot and repeat.

  • Tie all four pieces of string into one knot when you are satisfied with the length of your bracelet.

  • Cut any excess twine off the knots on both ends of your bracelet.

  • Slide a metal cord tip over one of the knots on the end of your bracelet, then flatten it with crimping pliers and repeat on the other side.

  • Open a small jump ring by gently pushing the ends in opposite directions, then slide the loop of a lobster clasp onto one end of the jump ring and the loop on one of your cord tips onto the other end. Close the jump ring by pushing the ends toward each other.

  • Open another small jump ring. Slide the larger loop that came with your lobster clasp onto one end of the jump ring, slide the loop on your empty cord tip onto the other end, then close the jump ring.

  • Hold a nail over the top of a bottle cap and nail it down with a hammer to create a hole. Then, repeat with five other bottle caps. If you don't want to use a hammer and nail, you can use a quarter-inch sheet metal hole punch. It will create smoother, more uniform holes.

  • Open six small jump rings, then slide the tip of each jump ring through a knot in your hemp bracelet. Try to create equal spacing between each jump ring.

  • Slide a bottle cap onto each jump ring through the holes you created in the tops, then close the jump rings.

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