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Beading and knotting, Jewelry making  |  September 17th 2011  |  0 Comment

Chevron Bracelet and Geo Necklace

I made this duct tape bracelet as a sample for the craft party and didn’t  get a chance to demo how to make the chevrons. Here are full instructions on how to make the bracelet.  Making the necklace is similar just fold several triangles and attach with jump rings using the instructions below.

Materials for duct tape jewelry

Materials:
Duct Tape
Cutting Mat
Xacto Knife
Jump Rings
Leather punch
Jewelry pliers
Measuring Tape

Stretch several inches of tape facedown on a cutting mat

Stretch tape face down

Cut the width of the tape slightly less than 2 in. so that you have a square.

Cut ~2inches

Use knife to carefully lift square

Use knife to lift

Stack first square onto stretched tape to double up tape (this adds strength and weight) to the chevron

Double up tape

Press down and smooth tape and then cut second second layer of tape

Cut 2nd layer of tape

Carefully lift doubled tape square and place it face up

Place square sticky side up

Fold top two corners of square in like you are making a paper airplane

(this might take a few tries)

Fold top two corners in

Cut the sticky part of the tape from the center where tape meets to the bottom

Cut sticky part in center

Fold the cut pieces from the center bottom to the top left

Fold split piecesFold center split upwards

Then fold the right side and you will have a chevron

Chevron

Trim any overlap from the fold

Trim fold if it overlaps

Repeat to make 3 chevrons

Repeat to make 3 chevrons

Use a leather punch, set to the smallest hole size, to make 6 holes in each chevron

Use a leather punch to make holesYou may have to twist the hole punch (while holding the duct tape still) to make a good punch

Make 6 holes in each chevronMake 6 holes in each chevron at the tops, bottoms and centers

Attach chevrons together using jump rings.

Open jump ring with jewelry pliersSpread jump rings open with jewelry pliers pulling one end toward you and the other away, rather than opening apart which will ruin the ring

Loop in duct tape and close jump ring by pushing open ends back together

Close jump ring

Here’s a photo of the chevrons after they have been attached, leave the ends to attach bands

Attached Chevrons

To make the bands for bracelet.  Stretch and cut duct tape to 5 in.

Stretch and cut duct tape to make bands

Cut duct tape in half lengthwise (appx. 7/8 of an inch)

Cut duct tape in center lengthwise

Then stretch and cut another piece to 6 inches and cut in half length wise.

You will need 2 six-inch pieces and  1 five-inch piece

Cut 2 six inch pieces and 1 five inch pieice

Carefully lift one piece and place face up, then fold in appx. 1/3 of the width

Fold tape in 1/3 of the width

Then fold once more, turning sticky portion down

Do this for all 3 straps

Fold sticky part down to make band

Punch holes in both ends of all 3 strap pieces

Punch holes in both ends of each strap piece

Attach strap pieces to end of chevron chain using jump rings

Attach straps to chevron chain with jump ringsMake sure to put short strap in the middle

Attach center strap to center piece of chevron on the other end of chevron chain.

Then cross two outer pieces attach to the other end of chevron chain with jump rings.

Cross outer straps but not center strap

To get the bracelet on, work it on carefully. It will still be pretty loose. I tried different ways of making a clasp but I didn’t like the look. So, I decided it was better to have it be a little loose.

Bracelet frontBracelet back

 

Source: http://craftchi.com