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DIY: Neon Braid Jewelry

I know for a fact that Molly McAleer (rad Giggles co-honcho) loves the Mr. Kate Neon Braid jewelry, which I’m very flattered by ‘cuz she’s uber stylin’!!! I promised her eons ago that I would do a DIY for these fun pieces (I wear mine all the time)… so here it is!

The Neon Braid jewelry design I came up with randomly when I was styling a Mr. Kate jewelry shoot with my friend Rachel Specter as the model… she’s so purdy! I wanted to pair some of my organic-textured metal jewelry designs with some pops of almost-tribal colors. Hence, I came up with the Neon Braid jewelry after a quick trip to the fabric store for some hideous bathing suit material which, I fishtail braided. Watch the video for the DIY and check out my other jewelry designs here!

What You’ll Need:

  • Stretchy, colorful bathing suit fabric, some solid and some patterned, cut in 3/4″ to 2″ strips, depending on how fat you want your piece.
  • Wire – I like to use 18 gauge, half hard brass wire. Get it at your local bead store.
  • 1 clasp and 2 or 3 jump rings, depending on if there is a jump ring on your clasp.
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Scissors

Do It:

  1. Cut your 4 stripes of fabric.
  2. Knot them together and fishtail braid them until you have your desired length. Watch my fishtail DIY video here. I recommend 7.5″ for a bracelet, 20″ to 22″ for a necklace and 35″ to 38″ for the long rope. Make sure you have excess to end it, about 6 inches extra length.
  3. Cut about 4 inches of your wire and wrap around the end of your piece, leaving about 3 inches in unbraided tails of fabric. Cinch the wire with the pliers to seal the braid.
  4. Put a large jump ring around one of the center tails of fabric and fold the fabric over to create a loop around the jump ring. Then seal the loop by continuing to wrap with the wire.
  5. Cinch your wire wrap, trim your ends and tamp down the ends into the fabric with the pliers so there are no sharp points.
  6. Open your jump ring and place your clasp on one side.
  7. Repeat steps 3, 4 and 5 on the other end of your bracelet, necklace or rope and use a jump ring instead of a clasp to finish the piece.

Ta da! Watch the video above for a detailed example and as always, let me know if you have any questions!



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