Chocolate and Caramel Shamballa Bracelet

After featuring this bracelet on our Chocolate Cake Day blog post a while back, there has been a huge request for the instructions for this beautiful bracelet. Perfect as a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift or for any other day of the year, you can create delightful romance when you wear this simple yet stylish piece. All you will need for this jewelry idea are five 12mm chocolate glaze smoked topaz Beadelle round pavé beads and approximately 8 to 9 feet of satin cord in the color Coffee.

Step One

Cut the satin cord into one strand 4.5 feet and fold it in half. Cut two other strands approximately 20 inches long and place one of them between the two folded strands. Set the other aside for now. You should now be ready to work with three strands running parallel. Tie a knot at the bottom of the center strand and thread the beads onto this strand, pushing them to the bottom. Wrap a small piece of tape around the top end of the center silk strand to make it easier to thread your beads through. You may also find it easier to tape the folded piece and the top of the 20-inch strand to a work surface while knotting.

Step Two

Move the right side of the cord over the center strand and then under the left side of cord. Now take the left side under the center strand and up through the loop you just created.

Step Three

Now, go the opposite direction. Take the left side of the cord over the center strand and under the right side. Then move the right side of the cord under the center strand and over the left cord through the loop you just created.

Step Four

Repeat this process six more times, and then push one bead up to rest against the last knot.

Step Five

Repeat steps Two and Three 3 times and then add another bead.

Do this for the remaining beads.

Step Six

Create seven more knots and then add a small dab of GS Hypo fabric glue to hold everything in place.

Step Seven

Snip off any remaining left and right side cords so only the center strand remains for both ends of the bracelet.

Step Eight

Cross the ends over one another to create two new parallel strands. Use the other 20-inch strand from Step One as your center strand and place it under the two ends.

Step Nine

Repeat steps Two and Three 4times or until you are satisfied with the length. This piece will act as the slider on the bracelet, so check the length to allow this piece to slide over your wrist and then cinch tightly. Tie the ends with a simple knot, add a dab of glue and then trim any excess.

If you’re in the mood for a more colorful idea, replace the chocolate glaze pavé beads with a rainbow collection of other 12mm Beadelle pavé rounds, and try working with 2mm satin cord in the color Plum. Mix and match for new ideas for every day of the year!

-Marissa

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    • Angelique
    • February 2, 2012
    Reply

    Wonderful tutorial on the knotwork. It is much more clear and precisive than several of the books I have on knots. Not to mention oh so much prrettier with those supplies. Thank you.

  1. Reply

    This is something I will definatly try this.

    • Amy L
    • February 2, 2012
    Reply

    Wow it works up really fast!

  2. Reply

    Love the bracelet!!

    • Olga
    • February 2, 2012
    Reply

    Thank you so much for the instructions! Can’t wait to make this gorgeous bracelet:)

    • Hansi de Fouw-Raab
    • February 5, 2012
    Reply

    This reminds me of my youth, spending much time
    doing macrame. Thank you. it is lovely! Hansi.

    • Elsa
    • February 5, 2012
    Reply

    I have always shyed away from macrame but these instructions are so clear I am going to try it right away. Appreciate simplicity.

    • Terry Gerber
    • February 5, 2012
    Reply

    I have been asked to teach this bracelet and I will use your instructions.

    • Marie B
    • February 5, 2012
    Reply

    I just ordered the material and as one of you said, I too have avoided any design with macrome, but this bracelet caught my eye. I couldn’t resist. Marie

  3. Reply

    Wow! This is so beautiful! I want to try this technique!

    • Carol
    • February 6, 2012
    Reply

    I have been making this bracelet for some time
    I never thought to use satin cord great idea
    one question the center cord had been a problem
    with the holes in the beads any ideas on what
    to do with a small hole as on the pave beads
    at the end of the article the cord you used will
    not go through that small a hole

      • Marissa
      • February 6, 2012
      Reply

      Hi Carol-

      If you’re working with the 12mm beads as we did in this idea, we suggest wrapping a piece of tape around the end of your cord so it has a pointed end. This allows you to thread the cord through the hole easier.

    • Donna
    • February 6, 2012
    Reply

    Hi Carol- If working with other than metal beads, have you tried a bead reemer? Polymer clay beads are great, also . . . not to mention another fun project!

    • Joan
    • February 8, 2012
    Reply

    Wow! This bracelet is gorgeous and I’m anxious
    to make one! Thank you for the instructions!

  4. Reply

    Hello everyone! I just received the supplies to make this gorgeous bracelet and am having trouble threading the beads. I ordered the ones suggested, but the tutorial shows “pandora” style or “troll” beads being threaded instead of the chocolate pave 12mm which I ordered and which were shown on the photo. I taped the satin cord but it still will not go through the bead. Any suggestions?
    Thanks!!
    Anne

    • Donna
    • February 10, 2012
    Reply

    Hi Anne – Did you try trimming the end of your cord on an angle and using just a very small piece of tape? You might also try wrapping the cord end very tight with cotton thread to decrease the diameter. Good Luck! This bracelet is so easy and so beautiful when finished.

  5. Reply

    I enjoy looking thru the selections. I have not decided on a project yet. I am a beginner. Am hoping to get courage soon.

  6. Reply

    love the bracelet but would try in purple or red.

  7. Reply

    Is there a way I can copy or print these directions Or order the directions?

      • Marissa
      • February 10, 2012
      Reply

      These directions are free for anyone to use, so you are more than welcome to print these off! Good luck on your beading adventures 🙂

    • Donna
    • February 14, 2012
    Reply

    These are, hands down, the best instructions for making shamballa jewelry. You will discover how great bracelets look when using different stringing materials and beads. Using more small beads looks really good. I’ve even made anklets using small diameter stringing material (silk, .05 mm half-round leather) and little beads. With these excellent instructions, the possibilities are endless!

    • Pat Hazelman
    • March 5, 2012
    Reply

    Hi,
    I ordered the 2mm satin cord and 12 mm pave beads but I cannot get the beads with a 1 mm hole threaded with a 2mm cord! I have tried tape, thread, stiffener, and trimming. My 20″ cord is now down to 19″. I am really fustrated and ready to give up on this project. Very disappointed. I will try to fine some 1mm cord now.
    Pat

    • Alicia Fradkin
    • March 15, 2012
    Reply

    Since you really don’t see the core thread just use any thinner stringing material for beads with smaller holes..Make sure the colors match..

    • marie-france
    • March 15, 2012
    Reply

    I don’ understand the stape nine.

    I would like to see the ends strands of bracelet .

    Thanks you. This a very nice bracelet and very original

    • Marissa
    • March 15, 2012
    Reply

    Hi Marie-France,

    Step nine is basically repeating Steps Two and Three, so you can refer to those images to see how the strands cross. The difference is that this is the “clasp” part of the bracelet, the part that allows you to slide it over your wrist and then cinch it tight to wear.

    • Teresa Odom
    • March 15, 2012
    Reply

    Love this!!

    • Jill
    • March 19, 2012
    Reply

    LOL! Funny to think a lanyard stitch I learned when I was a little kid could look so pretty.

    • Bree
    • March 27, 2012
    Reply

    OMG!! I love shamballa jewelry and this is absolutely gorgeous.

    -Bree

    • Bree
    • March 27, 2012
    Reply

    I use 10mm pave beads what mm should I get for to thread the beads & which one for the outer thread? thanks so much -Bree

    • Bree
    • March 27, 2012
    Reply

    Correction. I wanna know what size satin thread for 10mm pave beads 🙂 thank you -Bree

      • Marissa
      • March 27, 2012
      Reply

      Hi Bree-

      Make sure that the hole size of the bead is bigger than the size of cord. Since it looks like the 10mm pave beads have an approximate 1.5mm hole size, your stringing material should be a bit thinner than that. You can always experiment with other types of material or use beads with larger holes.

    • JC
    • July 18, 2012
    Reply

    How much of the center strand in step one is there above the folded strand?

    • Marissa
    • July 18, 2012
    Reply

    JC-

    Make sure you have 3 inches of the center strand resting above the fold in Step One.

    • TC
    • November 14, 2012
    Reply

    I made this bracelet and it turned out beautifully, but after wearing for a few minutes, it becomes very loose. The cinched cord will not stay tight. Help Please?

    1. Reply

      Hi TC

      Because of the style of clasp, which essentially just cinches tight, it is common for the bracelet to loosen throughout the day. Simply tighten it back up when it starts to feel loose. You may want to try making the bracelet smaller if you’re concerned about it falling off.

      I hope that helps you!

    • TC
    • November 15, 2012
    Reply

    Thank you Marissa. I did tightened up the knots on the adjustable part and that seems to help a lot.

    • Lissa
    • June 26, 2013
    Reply

    hi,what plier did you use?

    1. Reply

      Hi Lissa-Our designer actually didn’t use pliers for this project. She used her hands to tie the knots and a thread burner to finish the cut ends of the cord.

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