DIY -Galaxy Bracelet
July 1, 2013 2 Comments
This design is made by feeding leather through every other link of two chains using a figure-8 pattern. Rhinestone chain is “caught” in the middle by crossing the leather over both the front and the back of the chain, between the rhinestone links. When weaving the chain it is important to keep the leather loose so that it rests along the outside edge of the chain links.
Step 1: Attach a jump ring to the 1st link of each rolo chain using two pairs of chain nose pliers.
TIP: Notice how the links of the rolo chain are positioned so that each link alternates direction, one facing forward, one facing sideways. The leather is woven through the vertical links (those facing sideways).
Step 2: Feed the leather through the third link of each chain so that there are equal lengths of leather coming out each side of the chains.
Step 3: Feed one end of the leather into the next vertical link of both chains and pull it through loosely, using a figure-8 pattern.
Step 4: Feed the second end of the leather through the chains using the same technique so that both cords are running through the same links.
Step 5: Position the 1st link of the rhinestone chain between the two strands of leather, one piece in front and one piece behind the space in between the rhinestone links. Keep the tension on the leather loose enough for the rhinestone chain to be positioned between the two rolo chains and the leather cord resting on the outside edge of the horizontal link.
Step 6: Continue weaving the bracelet, feeding the leather cords through the vertical links in a figure-8 pattern, catching one rhinestone link with each stitch. Weave until the bracelet is 1 inch shorter than the desired finished length.
TIP: When weaving, drape the chains over your hand as you feed the leathers through, flipping the piece over as you work, feeding one leather on the front side of the piece and feeding the other leather through the backside of the piece.
Step 7: Cut off any remaining rhinestone chain links and cut the rolo chains so that there are two links beyond the final leather stitch.
Step 8: Tie the two strands of leather together in a square knot on the inside of the bracelet. Use cement glue to secure the knot and allow it to dry for 10 minutes. When dry, trim the ends of the leather with light-duty wire cutters.
Step 9: Attach the last links of the rolo chain with a jump ring using two pair of chain nose pliers.
Step 10: Finish both ends of the bracelet by attaching each end of the clasp with a jump ring.
Designer’s Note: Adjustments to length can be made by using either longer or shorter chains. Adding additional jump rings at the end of the bracelet can also increase length. Enjoy!!
A big shout-out goes to Dean for the great design idea! Thanks, Dean -BSG