Red, Copper, Silver, Metallic Braided Belt

The braid measures approximately .75” wide

The braid measures approximately .75” wide

 
 

This easy to make belt is the perfect accessory for the silver embellishments on my Pretty Jean Pocket tutorial.  Three long strands of suede and leather cord, silver plastic links and a hook make a simple to create and simple to wear belt.  If you’ve ever woven a regular three section braid, you’ll find the six strand braid a snap to put together. It uses the same three steps repeated until you have the length you need.

Directions

step 1 - Determine the length needed for your cords.  Measure over your waistband with your pants on.  This is your base number.  Now divide that number by 9 to arrive at your add-on number.  Combine your base and add-on number.  Multiply the answer by two since each cord is folded to make 6 strands.  
EXAMPLE:   Waist 36”
Divide by 9 = 4
36” + 4”      = 40”
40” X 2       = 80”
Cut a silver, red, and copper cord to measure 80” long.

step 2 - Fold each cord in half.  Drape the loop over plastic link and pull the two ends through the loop. 

step 2 - Fold each cord in half.  Drape the loop over plastic link and pull the two ends through the loop. 

step 3 - Each link has a split on one side.  The cords should be attached to the split side of the link.  Anchor the link to the work surface with painters tape or a heavy object to begin braiding.

step 3 - Each link has a split on one side.  The cords should be attached to the split side of the link.  Anchor the link to the work surface with painters tape or a heavy object to begin braiding.

step 4 - As you work, hold three cords in each hand.  Move cord six in front of cord 5 and then behind cord 4.

step 4 - As you work, hold three cords in each hand.  Move cord six in front of cord 5 and then behind cord 4.

step 5 - Grasp cord 6 with your left hand.  You temporarily have four cords in your left hand and two in your right.

step 5 - Grasp cord 6 with your left hand.  You temporarily have four cords in your left hand and two in your right.

step 6 - Move cord 1 behind cord 2, in front of cord three, and behind cord six.  You once again have three cords in each hand.  Repeat steps 4-6 until you have the length braid you need.

step 6 - Move cord 1 behind cord 2, in front of cord three, and behind cord six.  You once again have three cords in each hand.  Repeat steps 4-6 until you have the length braid you need.

step 7 - Add two or more links.  They can be easily joined by pushing the split sides together.

step 7 - Add two or more links.  They can be easily joined by pushing the split sides together.

step 8 - Wrap the braid around you and place a piece of tape on the line where the belt will attach to the hook (see arrow).

step 8 - Wrap the braid around you and place a piece of tape on the line where the belt will attach to the hook (see arrow).

step 9 - Wrap a piece of scotch tape tightly around the cords.  Remove the painters tape.  The Scotch tape edge should be positioned to the left of where the painters tape ended. 

step 9 - Wrap a piece of scotch tape tightly around the cords.  Remove the painters tape.  The Scotch tape edge should be positioned to the left of where the painters tape ended. 

step 10 - Using a craft knife and a sawing motion, cut through the tape and the cords to create a stub that will fit into the hook end with the tape concealed inside.

step 10 - Using a craft knife and a sawing motion, cut through the tape and the cords to create a stub that will fit into the hook end with the tape concealed inside.

step 11 - Apply glue outside the tape and on the exposed cord ends.  Insert it into the hook and allow to set for 24 hours.

step 11 - Apply glue outside the tape and on the exposed cord ends.  Insert it into the hook and allow to set for 24 hours.

 

Supplies

Amazon

  • red suede lace
  • chunky plastic chain
  • Dazzle Tac glue

Michaels

  • Bead Landing Silver and Copper metallic Cording
  • Jewelry Basics Metal Clasp

Misc.

  • Scotch tape and painter’s tape

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