Friday, April 8, 2016

How to Make an Infinity Coil Knot Bracelet

A handmade bracelet is a great look on anyone, especially when you can make it yourself. A stylish Infinity Bracelet uses a simple coil knot for design and it’s easy enough to make on your own. First, however, you must know how to make the coil knot itself. Follow our simple instructions below to get started!

The Coil Knot

Using a 10mm flat leather strip, a 2mm rounded leather strip, scissors and glue, we will practice making the coil knot which is essential in creating a trendy Infinity Bracelet.

  1. Using the 2mm strip, fold the end towards the back to make a little loop at the top about 1.5 inches long. 
  2. Lay this loop across the back of the base piece, which is your 10mm strip.
  3. Holding the loop in place, take the longer end of the 2mm strip and begin coiling around both pieces of leather. 
  4. Work your way up the loop, hiding it behind the coil (be sure the coils are touching each other and are not too spaced out).
  5. When you have about two inches left, thread the tail of the 2mm strip through the loop.
  6. Grab both tails of the strip and pull, tightening the loop altogether. 
  7. Use the scissors the cut the end pieces off the knot, shove the nub underneath the coil and glue it closed.

Great! Now you know how to perform the coil knot. This is essential is creating a handcrafted Infinity Bracelet, so take your time and practice.

The Infinity Bracelet

To complete this bracelet, you’ll need:

  • 14 inches of 5mm suede 
  • 14-inch pieces of 1.5mm natural leather (2) 
  • Bracelet clasps (2)
  • 8mm jump rings (2)
  • Bracelet slide
  • Optional: charms and beads

     suede coil knot bracelet
  1. Add the 8mm jump rings to your bracelet clasps and set one aside. 
  2. Attach one of the clasps to the suede about 1/3 of the way down.
  3. Grab both ends of the suede, hold them together and add the slide to both ends. Move the slide down to the middle so that it creates an even amount of loop and loose ends on both sides. 
  4. Take one loose end and apply the second bracelet clasp, moving it down about 2 inches. 
  5. Next, hold both loose ends and glue to the two together at their tips. After you have applied the glue, hold tightly for a few seconds.  
  6. Glue that section to the adjacent strip of leather, leaving the bracelet clasp in a tiny loop at the end by itself. 

Great! You have completed the first part of the Infinity Bracelet. Next, you will use the coil knot from earlier. If you need a refresher, check out this helpful video.

  1. Take one of your natural leather strips and begin the coil knot technique. Make a loop at the top of the strip, lay it across the base (the double loop of suede) and begin coiling.
  2. While you’re wrapping, be sure to completely cover the glued section.
  3. Put the tail through the loop, pull until the knot tightens and push the knot underneath the wrap.
  4. Once completed, push the other bracelet clasp up so that it is on the opposite side of the one you’ve been working next to. 
  5. Coil wrap the other side of the main bracelet now (be sure to coil the same number of times as you did on the first side).
  6. Loop, cut and tuck in this side as well, covering any glued suede. 
  7. Glue the tucked knots and be careful not to get any glue on the suede bracelet. 
  8. Finally, adjust the slide to the middle of the bracelet and add any charms you’d like!

After you connect both bracelet claps together, you have yourself a one-of-a-kind Infinity Bracelet! For more practice, watch our instructional video here and reach out to Antelope Beads with any other questions. Want to make the suede bracelet shown above? Click here to buy all the components for it!

Do you have tips or tricks for using coil knots? Share them with us below!

Monday, March 14, 2016

DIY Bracelets for Father's Day

It can be hard to know what to give the man in your life when it comes to birthdays or holidays. Some people are so particular about what they wear and what they like! It can be especially tricky when shopping for your dad. If you’re stumped when it comes to Father’s Day gift ideas, we have you covered! Here are just a few ideas for homemade men’s leather bracelets that he’s sure to love.

Lots of the designs we’ve put together focus on more neutral and natural colors so they don’t draw a lot of attention away from the outfit. This basic bracelet, for example, includes just one brass slider and a brass clasp on a length of Greek Regaliz™ oval cord. It’s a great design for anyone who is into a minimalist, modern look. You could even take the slider off and just use the clasps for a really basic style! This is a great design option if you’re just getting started with beading and you’re not comfortable trying some more advanced, difficult techniques.

Minimalist design is nice for the more conservative dresser, but what if you want to try something a bit more visually striking? Try attaching wooden beads vertically throughout your creation! This woven wrap bracelet strings Bayong block beads in a row between a length of cord so the bracelet has more texture and a unique style. You can replace the block beads with any style of bead in any color, but keep in mind that the larger the bead, the more wax cord you’ll need to loop through the beads. This one takes a little bit of patience and practice, but once you get the hang of the technique, it opens up a door to all sorts of new jewelry designs. Be sure to check out our YouTube video on making woven bracelets for some pointers.

For the guy that likes flashy, eye-catching accessories, our Elephant Walk bracelet would be a great design to mimic. A great design for young dads and free spirits, the style basically combines multiple bracelet styles into one piece that combines different cords, textures and colors. This type of design definitely takes some practice, so we recommend clicking the image to review all the various steps and links to associated videos.

There are plenty of gifts for Father’s Day available online, but why not give him something more personal? Using one of our templates as a guide, you’ll be making fun and unique men’s leather bracelets he’ll want to wear with every outfit! Check out our men's jewelry inspirations section for some great designs, and be sure to share your ideas and comments with us below!

Monday, March 7, 2016

A Spotlight on Jackfruit Wood Beads

Jackfruit trees are native to areas in South and Southeast Asia and are also known as Nangka. Their beautiful wood is a warm, bright shade of yellow that is used for everything from beads to furniture. We've ethically sourced and harvested this beautiful wood to give you some more natural options for your designs. Its bright, natural shade makes it an especially popular choice for beading enthusiasts and crafters, and we definitely agree!
 jackfruit bead earrings

One thing we love about the different Jackfruit beads we have available is their versatility to be incorporated into different styles of jewelry. Take these earrings, for example. The elongated design of the beads makes them a perfect choice as the focal point of dangle earrings. They could also be used to space out smaller components on a bracelet and save some money in the process.

Beads made of Jackfruit work well for simple, rustic bracelet designs as well. In this cork cord bracelet, you can see how a flat cord Jackfruit bead has been used with round cord to act as the centerpiece for the design. To help offset the slider bead and draw the eye to it, a few tube beads have been added on either side with O-rings to keep them in place.

 jackfruit bead bracelet
Both of these designs are great for accenting a colorful outfit, but they’re just the beginning of what you can do with Jackfruit beads. If you’re looking to welcome warmer weather with some bright, natural colors in your designs, head on over to Antelope Beads for all of your wooden Jackfruit beading supplies! Don’t forget to share your creations with us on Facebook. We love seeing what you come up with!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Spotlight on Tiger Ebony Wood Beads

Found in several different types of Filipino trees, Tiger Ebony is a dense, hard bead that’s very dark in color. We love it because it has a polished finish, can be black, brown or a mixture of both and it’s a great choice for adding a dark, earthy element to your design. If you’re struggling to figure out how to incorporate Bulahan Tiger Ebony beads into your bracelet or necklace, we’ve got some ideas for you!

tiger ebony necklaceUse Tiger Ebony beads to break up sections of brighter color as we’ve done with this You Love This Wood Heishi bead necklace. The rich brown tones of the Tiger Ebony aren’t meant to overpower or draw attention, they simply act as a means of drawing attention to the brighter brown accents and flattering the neckline. Neutral colors are great at doing that!

Wooden Tiger Ebony beads are so striking they can be the focal point of a design, as shown here in the Night Leopard suede bracelet design we’ve created. Just one large-holed tube slider bead breaks up the pattern of the leopard cord and adds a touch of simplistic design to the bracelet. Quick and easy!
tiger ebony bracelet
They’re also a great bead choice when you want a design that resembles a charm bracelet with standard metal charms. Our Chocolate Drops cork cord bracelet features riveted Tiger Ebony beads spaced evenly throughout the design and smaller round beads bunched together on jump rings to get that dangling effect. Pair it with an autumn-colored outfit that’s orange, green or brown and you’ve got a great accent piece that’s one of a kind.
tiger ebony charm bracelet
Tiger Ebony wooden beads add that rich, dark color to a design while maintaining a natural feel and look to them. These are just a few ways to use them, but the options are almost limitless. What sort of uses have you found for Tiger Ebony wood beads? Let us know in the comments below or share your creations with us on Facebook!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A Spotlight on Bleached White Wood Beads

These beautiful White Wood beads are ethically harvested from wild trees in the Philippines. Naturally an off-white color, they’ve been bleached to a pristine, bright white using a pickling or vinegar solution. They have an almost matte white finish but the natural imperfections and patterns in the wood can still be seen if you look closely. The end result of the bleaching process is a beautiful Bulahan White Wood bead that’s perfect for designing a clean and elegant piece of jewelry.

bleached round white wood beadsOur 12mm round beads are perfect for mimicking a strand of pearls without the cost. One strand is plenty of beads for a simple bracelet or a small necklace, but you can break the pattern up a bit with tube beads. Each tube is 4x4mm in size and will contour nicely against the smooth, round finish of the spherical white beads. These White Wood beads are also great for breaking up sets of more colorful beads. Our Mandala Sand Painting bracelet is a great example of injecting some pure, classic white into a cool blue design piece.

bleached white wood tube beadsEach cut of bleached white wooden beads is available in a 16” strand which is perfect for most jewelry projects on its own, but also provides you with enough material to incorporate into other pieces. The gauge of the bead holes ranges from 0.5mm up to around 3mm in size, giving you plenty of options to match these beautiful White Wood beads with different cord styles. With strands costing $15 or less, adding Bulahan White Wood to your design doesn’t break the bank, either!

What sort of designs have you been creating with our bleached White Wood beads? Share your pieces in the comments below or on our social media channels!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

An Antelope Beads Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to give a gift with some heart and meaning behind it. As we’re all about DIY crafting, of course we’re all about DIY Valentine gifts as well! It can be tricky to think of DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas, so we’ve compiled a handful of products you can find on our site that could be perfect for your Valentine’s Day gift, whether it’s a traditional bracelet, charm bracelet or some type of necklace.
gem on fire valentines bracelet

We love bracelet bars. They’re a great way to break up the continuous look of leather cord jewelry, and they add a focal point to any design. Try this antique silver-finished bracelet bar featuring stamped hearts and the word “love” in flowing script across the front. Pair it with some pink flat leather, add some clasps to close it around the wrist and you’ve got a quick and simple design she’ll love! The design to the right uses a plain bracelet bar to keep the focus on the cord and the gem in the center. This sort of design is great for color-focused designs.

sea glass bead earringsHeart-shaped charms are a great way to add some loving touches to a bracelet. Simple styles like an open-heart TierraCast charm can be added to any piece with jump rings so they dangle on the design, and they can be broken up easily with leather cord sliders like this one embossed with hearts. Spacing them out prevents the charms from catching on each other and lets you cover more surface area with fewer pieces. Have you ever thought about linking charms to create a focal point on earrings? These vine hearts to the left have been linked upside-down to create a centerpiece in these sea glass beads. It adds a small detail that gives the piece just the right touch of customization and style.

What about DIY Valentine gifts for him? Most men don’t like wearing jewelry, but don’t worry - we’ve got some great findings and components for him, too! Letter and number sliders are perfect for adding a personalized touch to a bracelet such as a name or an anniversary date, and they’re a bit more subtle so he can pair the jewelry up with more neutral outfits. All of our letters and numbers come in either antique silver or gold finish so you can keep your design consistent or mix and match.

Making your own Valentine’s Day gifts doesn’t need to be complicated or flashy. Find some components and colors that fit your style and just start pairing them up! If you’re still stumped as to how your design should look for your DIY Valentine’s gift, head over to our Ideas & Inspirations section where we’ve got a variety of Valentine’s gift design ideas you can use to draw some inspiration! We always love to see what sort of designs you come up with, so share your ideas with us below or comment on our Facebook page. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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