Sunday, August 5, 2012

Beaded Cross Bracelets

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I have loved the sideways crosses since I saw someone wear a necklace that was designed with the sideways cross on the Rachel Zoe show in her first season.  I found the crosses at Pat Catan's craft store and wanted to make some bracelets for myself and some friends.

You will need some stretchy threading, beads (make sure the hole is big enough for the threading to go thru), some glue, and, of course, the cross -

I like to lay a piece of felt down - to keep the beads from sliding around.  After you have figured what size is good for you - cut off plenty of threading so you have enough to work around.  I attached the threading securely with several knots to the cross - then added the beads -

With the other end of the threading - secure the other end of the cross with several knots.  These type of crosses have the holes at the top and bottom - thus being able to be sideways -

Trim the ends with good sharp scissors.  I found a couple styles of crosses -

I couldn't help myself -- I made them all up.  I gave 3 to my good friends the YaYa's and 2 to generous gals in my Christmas internet group that have been planning and arranging this year's convention that will be in Frankenmuth next month.  Of course, I had to make some for myself, too!!!

When I was finished I secured the knots with some E2000 glue.  I think this helps with holding the knots but allows for stretching.  I find it better to do them assembly-line style and do all the gluing at once.  I use a toothpick to dab on the glue.  Allow to dry for several hours -

If you see these crosses in one of your craft stores -- grab them up and give it a try!!  Lucy is trying to decide if she wants one or not --

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