Friday, September 28, 2012

New Leather Bracelet Tutorial

I promised this tutorial a while back and kept pushing it back on my blog topics list. I figured it was past time to share it, but I just couldn't (COULDN'T) write it up with all of the writing that I have been doing lately.


As I reviewed the pictures I realized that they speak for themselves, so you know what? I am just going to post this tutorial with a few prompts. Click on each picture to enlarge.

I really love how these bracelets turned out. They are a great companion to my wrapped bracelets tutorial. I had a lot of the materials in my stash. I picked up the leather cord at my local JoAnn Fabrics store. The wire I used for the beads was 24-gauge, but 20 to 26-gauge will work just fine.

If you have questions on specifics, post 'em in the comments and I'll get back to you.

Materials. I used 2mm leather for the base and 1mm for the wraps.
Use whatever you like. It doesn't make much of a difference.
Cut about 4" or so for the wraps. About 12" for the main bracelet.
Make the wraps tight!
To close thread the end through the loop and tighten.
and tighten...
...until the loop pops under the wrap. Pull on both ends to finish tightening.
Let the glue dry and snip off the ends of the cord.
I used a knitting needle that was slightly larger than the cord
as a mandrel for the wire beads.
Twist ends to close.
Snip ends and tuck in twist.
They slide around on the cord.
Make a bunch.
Make a sliding adjustable knot.
Wrap the cord around twice.
Poke the end of the cord from the left and through the loops to the right.
Tighten.
Repeat with the second end of the cord in reverse.
Tighten.
Add a bead to each end and tie a knot to secure.
That's it!
Make a bunch and enjoy!

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