I know you're thinking, "duh, I know how to braid, why are you doing this tutorial?" This actually uses a similar method to creating a Turk's head knot which results in a cleaner looking braid that does not require 3 strands. In fact, you can use a single strand if you wish.
What I used:
~24 inches of blue and green ropes (purchased in trim section of fabric store)
2 jump rings
2 cord ends
1 lobster clasp
Leaving a few inches at one end, make a loop
Bring the long end up through the loop
Create a figure 8 with the loop.
For a longer braid, make a larger loop and more figure 8s.
Thread long end through the 1st portion of the figure 8
Thread long end through the 2nd portion of the figure 8
What it should look like after all threading
Lightly pull at both ends to tighten the braid. Arrange strands by tightening / loosening to get desired look.
Snip rope ends to desired length. Add clear glue to ends so rope doesn't unravel.
Dab glue in cord end and insert rope ends. Let dry. Do this for each side.
Use pliers to fold the cord ends together enclosing the ropes. Add jump ring.
Do the same thing with the other end but also add your lobster clasp.
For different variations, add more colors / ropes or change the closures as you'd like.
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