How To Make Magnetic Wraps
Magnetic wraps are the latest fad in magnetic jewelry. They are fun to make and inexpensive enough that you can buy Chinese imports for less than $10, buy better quality domestic wraps for about $25 to $40, or make your own for somewhere in between the two price extremes. Making magnetic wraps are common class projects for groups of young girls that will keep them busy for hours.
BEAD MATERIALS NEEDED
The first step in making a magnetic wrap is to cut a length of fishing line about 40 inches long and then burn the end so a ball forms and keeps the beads from falling off. The first or second bead to string should be a 5x8 MM faceted bead then string the decorative beads in an attractive pattern about 1 1/4 inches long. Next string another faceted bead and repeat the same pattern of decorative beads. Continue this sequence until your magnetic wrap is about 32 inches long. The final bead should be a faceted bead just like the first bead.
Finishing the magnetic wraps requires some special handling. You need to determine how long the fishing line needs to be. If it is too short the string will be too stiff and not coil properly around your wrist. If it is too long, you will have an ugly tail hanging off the bracelet. You need extra length in the line so when it is coiled, there is enough line to keep the magnetic wrap flexible. I usually coil the wrap in a circle about 3 inches in diameter. The final bead on the wrap should be a 5x8 MM faceted magnetic bead and when coiled, trim the fishing line about 3/8 of an inch longer than needed. When the fishing line is burnt with a cigarette lighter a new ball will form and the length of the fishing line should be adequate to meet all your needs.
The final gratification comes when you wrap the string around your wrist so that the magnetic beads align side by side. You can also wrap the line around your anklet for an attractive anklet. Or you can wrap the string around your neck to form a choker. There are other techniques for forming attractive necklaces. You can put both ends together and form a Bolin. or you can use your imagination for an attractive necklace design.
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