BRIKA DIY: Swellmayde Rhinestone Bracelets

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After graduating from fashion school, and honing her skills through internships at Rodarte and Nike, Aimee Santos landed her dream job and is now a working fashion designer in Los Angeles. Constantly DIY'ing in her spare time, she created Swellmayde as a home for her readers to embrace their creativity. It's all about finding inspiration and teaching others how to bring it to reality with easy to follow steps.  We're all about making things easy, so for a limited time, you can purchase a Swellmayde DIY Kit exclusively on BRIKA.

We were so lucky to have the talented Aimee Santos of Swellmayde host a DIY workshop at our BRIKA lunch in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago (more on that soon!). Our guests enjoyed making these rhinestone rope bracelets so much that we thought we'd make it easy for everyone to get crafty and create beautiful accessories for summer — and since the kit comes with enough materials for two bracelets, we can make one for ourself and one for our BFF.

Materials:
  • Rope
  • Embroidery floss
  • Rhinestone strand
  • Lobster clasp
  • 2 end caps (to fit rope size)
  • 2 jump rings
  • e6000 adhesive
  • Scissors
Steps: 1. Cut the rope to your wrist size. 2. Cut a piece of embroidery floss about 44” long. Tie one end of the embroidery floss to one end of the rope. Double knot. 3. Add a small dab of e6000 inside one of the end caps. 4. Insert the tied end of rope into the end cap. 5. Cut the rhinestone strand about 1” shorter than your rope length. Lay the rhinestone strand onto the rope and wrap the embroidery floss around each of the spaces in between the rhinestones. Stop wrapping about 0.5" from the end, then double knot the embroidery floss onto the end of the rope. Cut the excess embroidery floss. 6. Add a dab of e6000 inside the 2nd end cap, and insert the rope end. Add one jump ring to this end cap. 7. Add a jump ring and lobster clasp to the other end cap. Have you joined BRIKA yet? Hop to it and discover well-crafted goods from inspiring and passionate Makers at brika.com. Did you like this story? You’ll probably like these as well!
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