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How to make Ladder

Beading and knotting, Jewelry making  |  May 22nd 2011  |  0 Comment
Learn to Ladder
Learn to Ladder

By Nicole Anderson
Kudos to Chan Luu of Sundance Catalog fame who made this “lattice” all the rage. Weʼve decided to create our own unique designs when teaching how to master this technique. Itʼs straightforward to learn but it is definitely an intermediate project; you need some patience, beads and the right materials. We have added our silk wrapping technique to lend it finesse, but you can certainly stick with the simple knotted button and loop as we have shown in Part Two of Learn to Ladder. Be sure to watch from start to finish before you begin. Notice how Nicole begins and ends by wrapping the thread around the cord twice to create a “sacred” triangle. This insures there is distance between beads and knots. Without that space, we believe the lifetime of your bracelet can be shortened. Enjoy!

Project Level: Intermediate     Time to Complete: 2-3 hours


- Tamarind seed bracelet 7″ (middle bracelet): 1 pack 3mm gold filled rounds,3mm sterling rounds, 1 strand Tamarind seeds, 1 Silk Cord, 3 yards Superlon 18 + 1 yard Superlon 18 (for silk wrapping), 1 yard Rat Tail (for stability, not used in final product), 1 Button – if the hole(s) on the button are too small for your framing cord to fit through, briolette wrap a loop of 22 gauge wire on to create a shank.

Samples also used some of the following beads:
- Turquoise bracelet 14-16″: 1 strand of Rainbow turquoise, 2 packs of Baby Dasies silver beads, 1 yard 1.5mm Brown Waxed Cotton Cord or leather cord, 5 yards brown superlon size D (less if you only wrap once between each step/rung), 1 Forget Me Knot silver button with a wire-wrapped shank, 1 heavy sewing needle, GS Hypo Cement Glue.

- Black Czech Glass Bracelet 21-24″: 2 strands 6mm Bronze Iris Czech Glass Rounds, 2 strands 6mm Hematite Czech Glass Rounds, 2 yards blackJapanese Waxed Cotton, 5 yards black Superlon 18 (more if wrapping 2 times between each step/rung),

Studio Essentials

Tools and Supplies:
- Tape Measure
- Bead board and pad with sides (or baking dish with sides with dish towel covering bottom)
- Wire Cutters or sharp thread scissors
- Binder Clip


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