Inverted Fish Tail Stretch Band Bracelet

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by Wendy Cooper, The Bead Giant

Inverted Fish Tail Stretch Band Bracelet

One quick twist to the basic Fish Tail and you’ve got a whole new, flat, and very stylish bracelet design.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1 hour

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Twist first band into a figure 8 on the nails.
  • 2
    Add two more bands, not twisted, on the nails so there are a total of 3 bands (1 figure 8, the others placed on normally).
  • 3
    With fingers or a crochet hook, remove the bottom band from the nails so it is resting on the top of the bands that are stretched between the nails. You will likely have to push down the bands on the nails.
  • 4
    Place another band on nails. Repeat Step 3 by removing the new bottom band from nails so that it is also resting on top of the bands stretched between the nails. So far, this is just like the regular fish tail pattern.
  • 5
    Now for the “new twist”. Place another band on the nails. On one side of the loom, take the middle band and move it down below the lowest band. Next take the lowest band (which is now in the middle) and lift it up and off the nail. Repeat on the other side.
  • 6
    Another way to perform Step 5 is with the crochet hook. Hook the middle band and stretch it out. Have your finger hold it away from the nail. Use the crochet hook to grab the bottom band and remove it from the nail. Release the stretched out band back so it is back against the nail. Repeat for other side.
  • 7
    Repeat Step 5 or 6 until desired length. The bracelet will lengthen and feed out from the bottom of the nails.
  • 8
    When the desired length is reached, carefully add the clip or jump ring to both sides of the bands that are around the nails (be sure that the 4 band loops are placed onto clip, otherwise it will come apart!).

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1 hour

Project Supplies

  • Stretch Bands
  • Stretch Band clip or Jump Ring
  • Two-Post Jig or Loom
  • Crochet hook or Stretch Band Tool