Bar Bracelet Jewelry Making Tutorial for Beginners

Today, I am going to show you how to make this:

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Portions of this tutorial have been previously published at Crafts Unleashed for Consumer Crafts.

Now, just so you know, I am NOT a serious jewelry maker.  In fact, big boxes of beads and findings and such kind of scare me.  So when I was tasked with a jewelry project for jewelry month here at Crafts Unleashed, I started sweating a little bit.  Good thing there are jewelry projects that even THIS novice can do!  Join me today as we dive into jewelry creation!  Today we focus on that pretty leather and bar bracelet on the right.

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The bracelet comes pre-punched with holes, so it is the perfect project for beginners!  Add in a few simple supplies and you are good to go!  
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You can use a needle and thread for this project, but I simply threaded the nylon by hand since the holes in the bracelet and barbells are so large.    To start, attach the thread to the bracelet with a knot, then begin threading the barbells onto the top, alternating directions.  Loop the thread over one side of the barbell, go underneath the bracelet and then loop the other side.

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The back will start to look like this with an alternating pattern:
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Here is the looping process showing one side of the barbell, going underneath and then looping the second side.
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jewelry threading amy renea a nest for all seasons
Keep looping and by the end of an episode of Survivor, you are finished!
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To finish the ends, simply knot or secure with a tiny dab of glue.  (I used the smallest bit of hot glue on top of a knot for double security.)  The bracelets pictured as an accompaniment to our barbell bracelet is a simple leather wrap bracelet and a bronze stretch bracelet threaded with square beads and barbells (tutorial to come!)  Once you have mastered the basic barbell threading, you can move onto the slightly more complicated beads AND barbells!

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