How to Make Hemp Bracelets

If you want to learn how to make hemp bracelets, it's time to start strengthening those fingers. Though hemp can be used the same as a string, when it comes to making jewelry, most hemp jewelry is created with knots. Those knots are created with your fingers, and your fingers are going to get strong.

Hemp is useful for making plain, braid, knot or bead bracelets. Plain hemp is usually light brown, but hemp for jewelry can be bought in every color possible. It also comes in every thickness and can be waxed or unwaxed.

Measuring hemp for a bracelet
The first thing you need to do is decide what kind of bracelet you want to make. If you're just going to be beading a single length of hemp, you need to cut the hemp a few inches longer than the length needed to fit around your wrist. If you plan on making a knotted hemp bracelet, you need to cut the hemp at least three times the length needed to fit around your wrist.

Always cut the hemp string slightly longer than you think you'll need to create a bracelet. It's easy to trim excess hemp off a bracelet, but near impossible to add more hemp to a bracelet. The exact measurements depend on the exact bracelet you want to make, so it will take a little trial and error to determine.

Starting and finishing a hemp bracelet
Figure out if your bracelet is going to use a clasp or just be tied closed. Either attach the clasp to one end of the bracelet, or tie a knot in one end of the bracelet. Do your beading, knotting, or whatever to create your bracelet. Once finished, attach the second part of the clasp or tie the ends in a knot around the other end of the bracelet. You can also use a beaded knot on one end and a loop at the other to create a homemade clasp.

Easy beginner's beaded hemp bracelet
Measure out three lengths of hemp at least three times as long as the length needed to go around your wrist. Tie the three lengths together at one end with a knot. Tie five slide knots in the hemp. Slip a small bead over all three strings. Tie five slide knots. Repeat process until a thin, beaded bracelet is created. Tie the ends in a knot around the other end of the bracelet. You're done and ready to wear your new creation. 

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