As “Bolt” is the word at the moment, after the 2012 Olympics, I thought maybe a little project using…that’s right…bolts!
The first is so easy but effective.
Small bolts, super glue, jump rings and ear wires.
When gluing the bolts together, I use very little and wipe the excess of with a cloth.
The next project takes a bit longer.
A macrame bracelet using bolts and wool.
The instructions for the spiral knot are easy to follow in Micro Macrame Jewellery by Suzen Millodot.
My instructions include adding the bolt to the bracelet.
1. Use 4 strands of your chosen colour wool at approx 50 cm. Tie a loose knot at the end. Separate the strands.
2. Take the right hand strand over the middle two and under the left strand.
3. Take the left hand strand under the middle two and up through the crossed over right strand. Pull tight.
4. Thread a bolt onto the two middle strands and push up to the macrame knot. Repeat the process.
5. To make threading the bolt easier, wrap a small piece of tape around the ends of the wool strands.
Now to complete the bracelet.
1. Untie the loose knot made at the beginning. Take the left hand strand and middle strand and tie a knot. Do the same with the other two strands.
Repeat several times until each side measures approx. 1 cm.
2. Take both sides and tie together to make a loop. Cut the excess wool off.
3. At the other end, thread one of the bolt flowers onto the four strands. Make sure it goes through the middle hole. Take all four strands and make
a knot, pushing it up to meet the bolt flower.
4. Cut the excess wool off to make the bolt flower toggle.
The finished bracelet catches the light and hangs nicely on the wrist.
Another bolt flower could be added half way along the bracelet to give a different design.
I enjoyed making the bracelet. It was calming, the result was satisfying and it took less than an hour.