what keeps the strands from turning into twisted, gnarled mess or collapsing into itself in this bracelet?
Looks like it's a combination of the beads and the over/under pattern of the wire holding it all in place.
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Is it just normal braiding?
Windy, not the normal three strand braid, because if you look up at the crimp/clasp area you will see four strands beginning there. In following one strand it went through a white pearl, then "under over and around" and I didn't see it go back through until the second following white pearl. So it is a braid of sorts, if you are interested, I'd google four strand braiding, or four strand braiding with pearls/beads and see if you come up with it.
I think it WOULD become a gnarled mess if done with anything other than that chain which is fairly rigid. Is this something of yours or are you just curious about it? Donna
well, it caught my eye because I have 15 feet of that kind of chain.....what shall I do with it.....
I didn't even notice that there were 4 strands. You have good eyes!
My eye tells me there are 5 strands. Two coming out of the left side and three coming from the right. It sure is nice looking and different.
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I got five.....any body give me six?
Windy.............LOL, give the "award" to shanks............... My excuse is that I am using eye drops to prepare for my eye surgery tomorrow.........does that work?? But in looking at the picture again it does look like it could be a three and two split on the crimps.
So yep, simple.....just a five strand braid. No problemo. Did you google four strand braids? I did and used the images and saw lots of loooooong hair being braided up into some attractive and some hideously unattractive ways........ Meh.
Or...........maybe it IS six. I quit looking though..........LOL. Let me know when you guys decide how to do it. Donna
I did check out 4 strand braiding.....and my brain laughed at me and left!!
I'm going to have to be reallllllly motivated to try to figure out how to do that braid. I probably chose the wrong hobby.....visual problems have always been my downfall in IQ tests. Give me words, give me numbers......but give me pictures to follow and my brain starts hurting. Too late though....I'm addicted!
I thought it was 4 strands too when I first looked at it. But you're right Shanks, there are 5.