Hemp Bracelet

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  • Modeling Dough (see recipe below)
  • Varnish or clear nail polish
  • Hemp cord
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Toothpick
  • Tape

Modeling Dough Recipe:


  • ? cup flour
  • ? cup salt
  • 1 ? teaspoons powered alum
  • 1 ? teaspoon vegetable oil
  • ? cup boiling water
  • Food coloring

Combine flour, salt, and alum in a mixing bowl.

Add vegetable oil and boiling water. Stir vigorously with a spoon until well blended. Dough should not stick to the sides of the bowl and should be cool enough to handle.

Add food coloring and knead into dough until color is well blended and the dough is the desired tint.


Prepare modeling dough above.

Form a 3/8" inch square from the modeling dough. Add as small bead of dough from a contrasting color to each side of bead. Use a toothpick to create a hole in the center of bead. Make five beads for each bracelet. Let dry overnight. Spray with clear varnish or paint with clear fingernail polish. Let dry. You may want to add a couple of coats.

Cut two pieces of hemp 65" long. Double over so that you have four strands. Follow the diagrams to make knots. Tie an overhand knot on the double ends, leaving about ?" loop. (Test size of loop by sliding a bead through. It should slide through easily, but not be too loose.) Tape loop to table while working.

Measure wrist to decide length. The instructions are for a 6 1/2" wrist. To change size, add or subtract square knots at the beginning and end. Pull all knots tight when tying.

SQ = square knotSPACE = ?" space left between knots (slide next knot up so loops are made)

Tie 6 SQ, SPACE, 2 SQ.

* Poke center 2 strands through bead. Tie 2 SQ, SPACE, 2 SQ. Repeat from * 3 times.

Tie 4 SQ.

Tie an overhand knot using all four strands then add the last bead.

Finish by tying all four strands in an overhand knot. Measure to see that bracelet fits and then trim ends.

Poke end bead through first loop to fasten on wrist.

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