Friends are people we can rely on in times of need and share with our happiness as well. They are those people who will always look out for your best interest and support you through anything. As a result, such bonds are worth commemorating, and friendship bracelets are a great way of doing that.
Friendship bracelets are unique to each friendship due to their different color options. Each color stands for something and usually represents the traits of your friends or the meaning of your friendship.
They could also represent the wishes you have for your friends. They are also unique because of the materials used to make them. In this post, we will be discussing the different materials that are commonly used in making friendship bracelets.
What Are Friendship Bracelets Made of?
Friendship bracelets are a popular piece of jewelry amongst friends. They can be traced back to China in about 300BC where they were worn due to the belief that when they wear off, a person’s wish can come true. Today, friendship bracelets represent the bond shared between friends.
They are handmade in various patterns and styles. The most basic style on which most patterns are based is the simple half-hitch notch.
What’s unique about friendship bracelets is that they are not made of metal or gems like most bracelets, rather they are made of fabric.
The common materials used to make friendship bracelets are macrame, embroidery floss, and thread.
The materials and patterns of the bracelet represent the strength and durability of the friendship.
What is Embroidery Floss?
This is the most common type of material used for friendship bracelets. They are loosely twisted and sometimes glossy.
The floss is made up of 6-strands of stranded cotton twisted in a z-twist to prevent it from coming undone.
Some manufacturers use silk, rayon, or linen in place of the stranded cotton. The strands can be separated to make thinner bracelets and comes in a variety of colors for you to choose from. J&P coats, Anchor, and DMC are the most commonly used embroidery floss.
Pros and cons of embroidery floss
The following are the pros and cons of using embroidery floss to make a friendship bracelet:
- They are readily available from manufacturers.
- They have a smooth finish when knotted up.
- They come in a variety of options.
- A great choice for both professionals and beginners.
- Tends to fray at the ends.
- Comes in long lengths that may be difficult to work with.
What is Thread?
Thread is a type of yarn that comes in a wide variety. It is made up of numerous different materials, the common ones being cotton, silk, nylon, and linen.
The most common type of thread used for making friendship bracelets is craft thread. Like embroidery floss, it’s made up of 6 strands and has a smooth finishing as well.
It’s a cheaper alternative to embroidery floss, although it is of lower quality.
The craft threads made of rayon especially are difficult to keep tied in a knot and as a result, have to be used with cotton thread to keep t in place.
Pros and cons of thread
The following are the pros and cons of craft thread in making friendship bracelets:
- Cheaper compared to embroidery floss.
- Great for beginners.
- Comes with bright color options
- Limited color option compared to embroidery floss.
- Easily breaks when pulled too hard.
- It is not glossy like embroidery floss.
What is Macrame?
Macrame chords are a type of yarn that is great for knotting especially the half-hitch knot. The chords come in two types, that is, jute, which is naturally colored and made of twine material.
Another type is the synthetic macrame that is braided instead of twisted and resembles smooth ropes.
Macrame chords can also be made out of cotton or hemp. The chord comes in different colors, sizes, and twists. It’s great for making friendship bracelets.
The pros and cons of macrame
Here are the pros and cons when it comes to using macrame chords in making friendship bracelets:
- Easy to work with for beginners.
- Great for knotting techniques.
- It has a smooth finish.
- Comes in many different lengths.
- Can’t be undone others it will look tatty.
- It’s not suitable for thinner friendship bracelets.
What is Pearle Cotton?
It’s said to be the most beautiful thread in the world with high luster. It resembles yarn due to its fullness and will deliver volume giving your bracelet a textured finish. It’s made of pure 2-ply cotton twisted in an S-twist. It’s sold in three different sizes, 3,5, and 8 where 8 is the thinnest size. While it offers limited color variety, the colors never fade even when washed at high temperatures.
Pros and cons of pearl cotton.
The following are the pros and cons of using pearl cotton to make friendship bracelets:
- Can withstand high temperatures when being washed.
- They are great for making thick and thin bracelets.
- The colors do not fade.
- Offers high luster.
- They have a textured finish.
- Offer a limited variety of colors.
What is a Hemp Cord?
This is a type of cord said to be crafted in China and made of natural material. It’s a great eco-friendly alternative to cotton synthetic cords and is great when it comes to making bracelets. It is sold in two sizes, 10lb being the thinnest and 20lb being the thickest. It’s also only sold in neutral colors.
Pros and cons of hemp cords.
Here are some of the pros and cons of using natural hemp cords:
- An eco-friendly alternative.
- Come in a variety of sizes for thin and thick bracelets.
- Color options are only limited to the neutral colors
Friendship bracelets are a representation of the shared bond with your friends, and a great reminder of them when you are apart. The materials used in making them are not unique but also signify the strength of the friendship bond. Also, because the bracelets are hand-made, using various knotting techniques, you can always learn how to make one and gift your friends.