Wednesday, October 22, 2008

DIY Deity Jewelry: Bracelets- Part 2

Beaded Elastic Bracelets
These bracelets are extremely versatile, they are my favourite for Jagannatha, Laddu Gopal and Gaura Nitai. These bracelets are so versatile I have made them for all my deities.
First of all, the supplies you require for these bracelets are as follows:
  1. Crimp Beads (these are optional, but they help make the bracelets stronger)
  2. Pliers
  3. Elastic Jewelry Cord
  4. Beads of your choice (using different colours and shapes can create different looking styles using this technique)
  5. Scissors

Step 1: Cut a generous length of the elastic jewelry cord and tie a knot at the end. Next string on the crimp bead followed by the beads.

Step 2: Feed the unknotted end of the jewelry cord back through the crimp bead (in the opposite direction) to complete the bracelet.

Step 3: Use the pliers to 'crush' the crimp bead securing the bracelet. Alternatively, you can eliminate the crimp bead and just knot the cord however due to the stress put on the bracelet when stretched over the deity's hands the crimp beads tend to hold up better over the long run. However, for Jagganatha and Laddu Gopal I find knotting works best as the bracelets can be visible from all sides and they do not need to be stretched as much. Finally, trim off the excess jewelry cord.

The finished product, I've found using different shapes and colours and sizes of beads works well with this technique. Also For my Gaura Nitai I like to use two bracelets with different sized beads.

1 comment:

Kevala-Bhakti Dasa (Keshav) said...

Great Stuff!!! Very easy to follow and the pictures are a big help.