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I first saw this braided hex nut bracelet on my tumblr feed. It’s a DIY from Honestly…WTF’s blog.

The original bracelet is from Giles & Brother.

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The men’s version is here, the women’s version, here. They also have a necklace version:

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Check them out – they’ve got some pretty great industrial pieces.

Yes, Giles & Brother’s stuff is pretty to look at, but pretty pricey. This is where HonestlyWTF’s DIY Braided Hex Nut Bracelet tutorial came in handy. If you can braid, you can make this bracelet. Real easy. All those days of french braiding my teammates’ hair for volleyball in high school finally came in handy. woohoo!

I started off with these elements:

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The tutorial calls for rope twine; I used leather lacing. I also varied the size of the hex nuts to better imitate the guy’s version of Giles & Brother’s bracelet. For the record, hex nuts are pricier than I thought. I spent about 9$ on them for this project.

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One thing that helped me a lot was to wedge the end of the bracelet between our coffee table drawers. This held the bracelet strands and allowed me to braid it tight.

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I braided the entire length of the bracelet, and put a clasp on this bracelet, so I wouldn’t have to tie it on. A toggle clasp would’ve been better than what I used, but I didn’t have any around.

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After trimming the extra lacing, the bracelet was done.

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Now go make one for yourself!

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  3. Alex Cardo says: January 4, 201411:40 AM

    Really simple fantastic DIY idea. If these nuts are made ​​of gold, then we would now jewel!

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  7. catherine says: November 16, 20135:36 AM

    where did you buy leather lacing?

    • whollykao says: November 17, 201312:24 AM

      hi Catherine, I got the lacing from Joann Fabrics. it’s in the jewelry dept

  8. Amanda Sparks says: November 7, 20136:43 PM

    This is super neat! Thanks for this project idea. I can’t wait to try it out for holiday gifts!

    Best,
    Amanda

    • whollykao says: November 8, 201311:10 PM

      Yes, they’d make great gifts. Hope you have fun making them! :)

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  12. Birthstones says: June 8, 20132:45 AM

    This is super cute! I will have to give this a try, Thanks for sharing!

  13. Nooby lady says: April 8, 20133:42 PM

    Sorry, kinda new to DIY. Could you explain:
    a.) how to braid it? Is it just a normal two-string braiding?
    b.) how you got the nuts onto the bracelet?
    Thank you. c:

    • whollykao says: April 9, 201310:56 AM

      Hello! so it’s a regular three-strand braid that you do here. And to incorporate the hex nuts into the bracelet, you thread a hex nut onto an outer strand (either the one on the left or right), and then braid it towards the middle. You have to hold the hex nuts in place pretty firmly though. Let me know if you have any other Qs. Good luck!

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  15. Betty Winslow says: February 2, 20132:35 PM

    Hex nuts are way cheaper bought by the box….

    • whollykao says: February 3, 201310:26 AM

      Thanks for the tip! Will keep that in mind for next time!

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