Author(s): Pam Leach
Traditionally, friendship bracelets were created by North American Indians using a simple piece of knotted cord, but more recently they have evolved to include a multitude of materials, techniques and styles. Modern designs use leather, suede, ribbon and cord, and feature charms, beads and crystals - there are no rules and you are limited only by your imagination! However, the spirit of the friendship bracelet remains - a handmade gift to celebrate and confirm a special friendship. The twenty designs in this book range from those that are beautifully simple and easy to make, to some that may take a little longer but are well worth the effort. Each project is accompanied by a list of the materials and tools needed, step-by-step instructions and beautiful photographs of the finished piece, and with two versions of each design to choose from, you cannot fail to be inspired by at least one of the projects in this book. Some of the designs use simple knotting and plaiting techniques, and these are shown in clear, step-by-step pictures at the beginning of the book. Once you have mastered these, there are no limits to the designs that you can make.
Although a relative newcomer to jewellery making, through the purchase of the successful on-line bead retailer Beads Direct in 2009, Pam Leach has quickly discovered the addictive nature and personal satisfaction that comes from creating your own pieces of jewellery. The fact that she is directly involved in the sourcing of components from around the world has undoubtedly fuelled and stimulated what is now a real passion and pleasure. Being surrounded by so many new and exciting products allows Pam and the Beads Direct designers to create innovative and up-to-the-minute designs to inspire and delight.
Introduction basic techniques Love Heart Ceramics Braided Flower Bracelet Free Spirit Infinity Rose Quartz Plait Leather Charm Bracelet Fabric Charm Bracelet Mini Braids Parcel Charms Crystal Bangle Summer Ceramics Reflections Rose Gold Wrap Whirlpool Random Strands Sugar Bracelet Ribbon Cuffs Boho Bangle Beaded Leather Double Plait