DIY: Barefoot Sandals
Bare it all this summer with a pair of 'barefoot sandals'. Elastic cord, basic jewelry components and beads are all you need to compliment your Rainbow sandals.
Begin by cutting a long piece of the elastic cord – at least 26 inches. String seed beads onto the jewelry cord until you have a length of about 3 inches strung with beads to make a toe-ring. Once the toe-ring is the desired length, thread both ends of the cord through an accent bead that will act as a bead-stopper to create your toe-ring loop.
Add nine seed beads to each end of the jewelry cord, then string both ends through another accent bead, creating a second bead-stopper. Repeat three times and on the third time add a large accent bead. Repeat the process one more time and add the last small accent bead as the final bead-stopper.
Each end of the cord will remain separate and should look like a ‘y’. Add seed beads and accent beads in a symmetrical pattern until both beaded ends are long enough to meet around your ankle.
Once your barefoot sandal fits comfortably around your ankle (minus about an inch) while the toe-ring is looped around your second toe, you can close off both ends with crimp beads.
Closing Crimp Beads: Add a crimp bead and a jump ring to one end of the cord, then string the end of the cord back through the crimp bead to create a loop that holds the jump ring in place. Use flat nose pliers to tightly flatten the crimp bead in place and officially close off one end of your barefoot sandal. Add a crimp bead and a clasp to the other end of the cord, thread the end of the cord back through the crimp bead and flatten with your pliers. Cut any excess cord and your first barefoot sandal is complete!
Repeat steps 1 through 4 to make your second barefoot sandal. Put on your Rainbow sandals and hit the beach with your crafty new accessory.