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Pony Bead Bracelet

I’m certainly not the person to ask about jewelry.  Not that anyone’s made that mistake.

The pinnacle of my jewelry experience was having my ears pierced at the mall when I was twelve.

And save for my wedding ring I don’t wear a speck of jewelry even now.

Unless…

a friendship bracelet made by my seven year old from yarn and pony beads counts.

And it might.

Well, we made some today.  Little bracelets.  

Out of the bajillion ways there are to tie a knot or string a bead, here’s what we did.

We started with a stretch of yarn.  About as long as both arms.

Then with the yarn folded in half, we tied a knot at the looped end…

and taped it to the table.

With the loose ends of yarn, we wrapped a piece of tape around each end.  Like shoelaces.  We even twisted the ends tighter with our fingers once the tape was one, as fraying yarn ain’t no fun. The real gist is that we’re trying to make it as easy as possible to string our beads on the end of the yarn. 

These are the pony beads, the things that sound like rocks and broken glass when they suck up the vacuum cleaner.  We don’t need many to make the bracelet.  Maybe thirty. 

What we did was take two beads–any color–and strung them first on the left piece of yarn.  Or the right.

Then we took the other piece of yarn and pushed it through both beads as well.  Only we went in the opposite direction.   Criss-crossed.

Then pulling on both ends, we slid the beads to the top of the knot.

And then we did it again.  And again.  And again.

We threaded the beads onto both ends.

Tugged on our criss-crossed shoelaces.

And slid the next two beads up to the top.

Easy.

Truly.

And fun.

Here’s my daughter, completely into this.

And here’s my son with the more manageable version of threading fruity O’s straight onto a piece of yarn. 

 He can handle this.

And eat the thing when he’s done.

Here’s my daughter’s finished bracelet.  It’s longer than she needed to fit her own wrist, but she whispered that it’s for someone else.

All we need to do now is tie a knot at the end and then tie the two ends together.

Like this.

And…hee hee…like this.

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2 Responses to “Pony Bead Bracelet”

  1. Aunt Sandy says:

    Dear Jeanne, what a wonderful job Raven did on her bracelet and Silas, being the realist that he is, also accompolished his feat by making something eatible. Tell Raven that Aunt Sandy would like to place an order for one of her beautiful bracelets, I will be coming to town on August 16 for a few weeks. Can’t wait to see you all. OXOX

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