DIY -Knotted Leather Bracelet
April 18, 2013 2 Comments
Attach The Cord Ends To The Leather
Step 1: Cut the leather into 4 pieces measuring at least 18 inches each. The sample bracelet measures 6 1/2″ in length. For larger bracelets use longer pieces of leather.
Step 2: Gather one end of all four pieces of leather and insert them into the open end of one of the crimp ends.
Step 3: Using the fine tips of a pair of chain nose pliers, squeeze the center strip of the crimp to secure the leather pieces in place. Flip the crimp end over and repeat this process from the other side to ensure a tight crimp.
Knot The Pearl In Place On The Leather
Two pieces of leather are used for each knotted strand of pearls. Working both sets of strands at the same time produces the best results. The exact measurement between each knot can vary slightly although the overall design looks better if the two strands of pearls is consistent.
Step4: Using an overhand knot, tie two strands of leather together so that the space between the crimp end and the knot measures approximately 1/4. Repeat this step with the remaining two strands.
Step 5: String a pearl onto one of the leather cords.
Step 6: Secure the pearl in place by knotting the leather cords together with an overhand knot that measures approximately 3/4 inch from the previous knot. Repeat Step 5 & 6 on the other side.
Step 7: Continue adding pearls to the leather cord, alternating the strand of leather the pearl is strung on. Secure each bead in place with an overhand knot spaced 3/4 inches from the previous knot.
NOTE: The sample uses a total of 10 pearls which resulted in a bracelet with a finished length of 6 1/2″. This finished length is a bit small for most wrists. The finished length should be at least 1 inch larger than the actual wrist measurement. This design is easily lengthened since ample cord is cut at the beginning allowing for adjustments along the way.
Attach The Final Cord End and Clasp To Complete The Bracelet
Step 8: Cut the leather cords 1/2 inch from the last knot.
Step 9: Insert all four leather cords into the remaining cord end.
Step 10: Using the fine tips of a pair of chain nose pliers, squeeze the center strip of the crimp to lock the leather pieces in place. Flip the crimp end over and repeat this process from the other side.
Step 11: Attach each side of the clasp to the crimp ends with heavy gauge jump rings.
Step 12: Think about variations on this design. Thinner cord, different beads, use as a necklace centerpiece by adding chain for length. The possibilities are up to you. Create and enjoy!