Recently I got the chance to try out Fashion Angel's Braidzilla Bracelet Braiding Kit for my blog. Braidzilla is a craft tool that's made to make cord bracelets that look like Turk's Head knots very easily. After making a couple bracelets with the supplied cord and following the instructions included, I had to try it with wire and beads.
It worked like a charm. The tool is a very simple jig with an included plastic needle, you wind the cord around the pegs twice, then the 3rd time around you pass it to make the over and unders for the braid.
You will need:
A Braidzilla tool
42 beads- I used 21 each of 2 colors of pearls from my stash 4 mm or under works best.
4 yards 26 gauge wire- your choice of type
Start by making one bracelet just cord and following the instructions to understand how they are made. It will work up fast.
The Braidzilla has 7 pegs on it and you'll go around it 3 times. So 3 times 7=21 and gives a good way to space the beads.
Cut 2 2 yard lengths of wire, and thread them through the plastic needle bringing the ends together evenly. Then string 21 beads on 2 of the 4 wires coming from the needle. Twist the ends of the wire together to keep the beads from falling off.
Hold the twisted ends on top of the Braidzilla, then wind the wire going back and forth around each peg in a zig zag, work loosely. Slide 2 beads down at each wrap. Work around twice that way. The last path is the weaving path and why you need to work loosely. You'll weave the last path through the 2 existing paths to create the braid, sliding 2 beads up on each bight. When you reach the end, firmly pop the pegs into the tool to lift the bracelet off of it. Wrap the wire ends around the bracelet to finish off and trim close and cinch down with the pliers.
One of the fastest bangle bracelets I've ever made, and I like the informal open look of it for casual wear. Because it's worked fairly loosely, you can pull on it a bit to tighten the braid to make a larger bracelet or leave it as is for a regular sized bracelet.
Bight means the bend, so in a braid or Turk's Head knot, the bights are the scalloped edges.
You can get the Braidzilla Braided Bracelet Kit
from the Fashion Angels website.
I received the Braidzilla Braided Bracelet Kit from Fashion Angels at no cost to review for my craft blog,Don't Eat the Paste. All opinions expressed are my own and no other compensation was received.