Wrap Bracelets are constructed using a technique strongly related to loom weaving, with influence from basket weaving. The technique used to weave Wrap Bracelets is typically referred to as “laddering”.
Here, you set up two warp cords (the leather) and weave, using either a Soumak or a Basket Weave Figure 8 pattern, to create a composition between the two warp cords. This composition can be as simple as a single column of beads, or it can be more complex using loom or cross stitch patterns within the warp cords, or even a combination of different sized beads along the length.
There are many choices involved when creating a Wrap Bracelet. Each has its pros and cons. We make our choices about approach and materials based on considerations of durability in particular, but aesthetics as well.
Consistency and tightness are very important goals from one end to the other of our pieces.
You want the…
o materials (beads, warp cords, weave cords, button) to hold up with wear
o stitching around the warp cords to look neat consistent and professional
o beginning and finishing of the bracelet to be secure, look professional, and not break easily
o center beads to stay tightly in their places, and not slip over or under their adjacent beadso warp cords to form consistent, tight, parallel lines, and not get wavy or in any other way weird looking
o button to fit snugly and securely within the button loop
Typically, a 2-wrap bracelet would run between $250.00 and $450.00, depending on materials and level of craftmanship detail in the beadwork.