(( Buckle )) Chinese Staircase-Odd Strings
|Table of contents||1. Chinese Staircase Buckle|
2. Alternate Buckle
2.1. Getting started
2.2. Choosing the position of the threads
3. Alternate Buckle 2
Chinese Staircase BuckleI know that the bracelet buckle for this site is used for even strings, but I have a way to create a buckle for odd strings. Actually, all you really need to know is how to create a Chinese staircase because that's what we are going to make our buckle with instead of the square knots.
(Please forgive for poor picture quality, this was done on my cellphone camera)
First off, take all your even threads and after folding them in half, find out how long you want your loop to be and 'mark it' with the tip of your thumb
Then with the odd string, cut at least an extra foot of string for the odd string because this is what we will be using to create the chinese staircase
Now you begin to create the chinese staircase
If it's easier for you, you can (AFTER you make at LEAST three chinese knots to hold the bundles in place!) untie the single over hand knot and make the chinese knot straight down with occastion
And once you attain the length of the loop, you're done! you can start tying your bracelet now!
If you're making a pattern with an odd number of total threads, a buckle can be easily made following the explanati
However, some patterns don't only have an odd thread count, but also an odd number of threads for several colours. We're going to focus on one of those patterns, to show that that is no reason not to start with a buckle.
For this example I've chosen pattern #1594 which has six colours, and three threads of each colour.
We can cut two threads of each colour as though we were making a regular buckle, i.e. twice the length needed. For this pattern I'll make them 80 cm folded in half, or 160 cm before folding.
Pick one of the colours for the buckle, and make that thread 20 cm longer.
The other threads will be singles, but instead of just 80 cm we'll make them 95 cm. We'll make the colour we chose for the buckle longer still, so that one will be 115 cm.
Choosing the position of the threads
Now we'll take a closer look at the pattern, to see where we're going to put those extra threads. We could just add three on either side and wing it, but it will make it far less messy if we don't :-)
Starting on the left, there are all six colours, one after the other: ABCDEF. On the right side of the pattern, the same thing's happening
g the threads
1. Fold the double threads in half.
2. Place one set of threes on each side.
3. Make sure the two longer threads for the buckle are on the same side.
4. Align them at the bottom.
Now it should look like this:
Tie a knot in the middle and make the buckle following the instructi
On both sides of the buckle there will be loose ends among the regular threads - and this was the reason why we made the single threads 15 cm longer than just 80 cm. If these bits were too short they would be a real nuisance when you're trying to knot over them.
Start knotting the way you would if those threads weren't there, but instead of knotting over one thread, knot over one of the extras as well.
Whenever you reach a point where two threads connect which are both carrying an extra thread, just leave out one of those extras in that particula
Keep working over those extra threads for about 2 cm. That should be more than enough to have secured them firmly inside the bracelet.
You can either push those loose threads to the side and leave them there till you've finished the bracelet, or cut them off right away.
Alternate Buckle 2
This is a new way to make a bracelet buckle.
Step 1. Cut your strings, 1 STRING OF EACH COLOR, DO NOT MAKE A REGULAR LOOP!
Step 2. For example, let's say you have 10 strings. Tie a NORMAL FOREHAND KNOT WITH ALL OF YOUR STRINGS, and leave about 1 inch at the top. Now, take 5 of your strings, half of the colors, and tie 5 knots of the chinese staircase with 1 of those colors. (If you don't know the chinese staircase
Step 3. 5 knots of 5 colors = 25 knots. DO NOT TIE MORE THAN 25 KNOTS NO MATTER HOW MANY STRINGS YOU HAVE, OTHERWISE YOUR LOOP WILL BE TO LARGE! Believe me, I know.....
Step 4. Now take all 10 of your strings, and tie another FOREHAND KNOT with them all, joining the two pieces of chinese staircase