DIY -Knotted Leather Bracelet

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Tools Needed
Light-duty wire cutters or scissors
Ruler
Chain nose pliers

Materials Needed
10-14 large-hole 8mm fresh water pearls
1 pair 4mm sterling silver crimp-on cord ends
2 yards 1.5mm leather cord
2 6mm sterling silver heavy jump rings
1 sterling silver toggle

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.

Attach the cord end to the four pieces of leather.

Attach the cord end to the four pieces of leather.

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.

Tie two strands together with an overhand knot approximately 1/2

Tie two strands together with an overhand knot approximately 1/2″ from the cord end.

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.

Secure a pearl in place by making an overhand knot with both pieces of leather spaced 3/4

Secure a pearl in place by making an overhand knot with both pieces of leather spaced 3/4″ from the previous knot.

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.

Continue adding segments of pearls until the desired bracelet length is achieved.

Continue adding segments of pearls until the desired bracelet length is achieved.

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.

Crimp the leather cords together and add a clasp to finish.

Crimp the leather cords together and add a clasp to finish.

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!

DIY -Crystal Chain Leather Wrap

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Tools Needed
Flush Wire Cutters
Chain Nose Pliers

Materials Needed
6 5/8″ 3mm Leather Cord
13″ Crystal Studded Chain, cut in half (Silver is now in stock!)
3 Yards Chinese Knotting Cord
1 Pair 3mm Fold Over Crimps
1 Magnetic Clasp
2 4mm 18 gauge Jump Rings

Secure The Fold Over Crimp To The Leather & Cord

Step 1: Position one end of the leather and the knotting cord into a fold-over crimp. Using chain nose pliers, crimp one side of the cord end inward, against the cording materials. Crimp down the second side so that it folds over the first side, securing the cord in place.

Step 2: Tie the knotting cord, using a half hitch knot, around the leather to secure the position of the cord.

Step 3: Wrap the knotting cord around the leather tightly three times.steps-1-to-3-A

Wrapping The Chain To The Leather & Finishing

Step 4: Position the two lengths of chain against the sides of the leather.

Step 5: While holding the chain in place, wrap the cord around the leather so that it rests in the space between two crystal chain links.

Step 6: Continue wrapping the cord around the leather catching the space in between the chain links. Wrap until the desired length is achieved. TIP: The chain will naturally twist around the leather as you continue wrapping the knotting cord around it.

Step 7: After wrapping around the final chain links, wind the knotting cord around the leather 3 times. Secure the cord in place by tying a half hitch knot around the leather.

Step 8: Cut the leather down so that it measures approximately 1/4″ in length (enough to fit inside the fold over crimp).

Step 9: Position the end of the leather and the knotting cord into a fold-over crimp. Using chain nose pliers, crimp one side of the cord end inward, against the cording materials. Crimp down the second side so that it folds over the first side, securing the cord in place.

Step 10: Cut the ends of the knotting cord flush against the crimps.Step-4-to-6-A

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Step 11: Use chain nose pliers to connect the clasp to the loop on the fold over crimp. For a better grip, use two pliers to help open and close the jump rings.step999

Step 12: Wear and enjoy!!

Designer notes: The measurements used in this tutorial makes a bracelet that measures 7 1/4″. The crystal chain can be scratchy if worn too close to the wrist. Ideally the finished length should be at least 1 inch larger than the wrist. I used a magnetic clasp for ease of wear. I just love being able to slap these bracelets on and off. But beware, if you like the look of multiple bracelets worn together, magnetic clasps are attracted to one another.

DIY -Bead Studded Bangle

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Tools Needed
Flush Wire Cutters
Chain Nose Pliers

Materials Needed
6-8 feet 26 gauge wire, dead soft
45-50 4mm beads, crystal bi-cones or Swarovski pearls
1 bangle bracelet measuring less 1/8″ or smaller

Wire Wrapping Beads To The Bangle

Step 1: Cut a 3-foot length of wire.

Step 2: Secure the wire to the bangle by wrapping one end of the wire around the bangle 3 times.

Step 3: Feed a bead onto the wire.

Step 4: Wrap the bead in place by positioning it on the outside edge of the bangle and bringing the wire around to the opposite side of the bangle.

Step 5: Wrap the wire tightly around the bangle 3 1/2 times.

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Step 6: Repeat Steps 3-5 until the wire is too short to add another bead.

Step 7: Secure the wire end by wrapping it around the bangle 4 times. Cut all wire ends flush.

Tip: If the end of the wire feels scratchy, simply squeeze the end against the bangle with chain nose pliers.

Adding a New Wire To Complete The Bracelet

Step 1: Cut a new 3-foot length of wire.

Step 2: Secure the new wire to the bangle by wrapping one end of the wire on top of the previous wire wraps 3 times. (This will make for a bigger wrap, but don’t worry no one will notice.)

Use wire wraps to end the old wire and begin a new one.

Use wire wraps to end the old wire and begin a new one.

Step 3: Continue adding beads using the same techniques outlined above.

Step 4: Finish the bracelet by wrapping the wire on top of the beginning wraps. (The wrapped beads can be pushed closer together to make the perfect amount of space for the final bead.)

Step 5: Cut the wire ends flush against the bangle.

Continue wrapping beads in place until the entire bangle is studded with then.

Continue wrapping beads in place until the entire bangle is studded with beads.

New Multi-Strand Toggles

Just in: Multi-strand toggles by Tierra Cast. These clasps make it easy to make a bead laden bracelet in no time. We whipped this one up using seedbeads, Softflex Wire, jump rings and crimp beads. Learn how to attach the crimp beads with our tutorial.

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The clasps are available in three finishes.

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DIY -Woven Chain Mesh Bracelet

This bracelet feels so good around the wrist! It is easily customized by adding more or less strands of chain, our favorite width is made up of 7 strands.

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Tools Needed

Twisted Wire Needle
Hypo Tube Cement
Scissors
Chain Nose Pliers

Materials Needed

A materials kit is available Here

2 Feet 3mm Rolo Chain
2 Yards .8mm Chinese Knotting Cord
4 4mm Jump Rings, 18ga thickness
1 Toggle Clasp

Weaving the Chain Mesh

Step 1: Cut the chain into four equal lengths of 6 inches, don’t worry if the chains are off by a few links from cutting.

Step 2: Place the twisted wire needle onto the cord end. Using the needle, feed the cord through the 2nd link of each chain length. Leave a 4 inch tail to be woven in later.

Step 3: Using the needle, feed the cord into the 3rd link of each chain. Make certain the chain strands do not twist when weaving the cord in place. Each row of links should rest in the same direction across the row, alternating with the row above.

Step 4: Continue weaving the cord through the links of each successive row until the desired length is achieved; usually about 5 1/2″ of mesh weave. Do not weave the cord through the final row of links just yet.

Feed the cord through the links of the chain, one row at a time.

Feed the cord through the links of the chain, one row at a time.

Attaching the Clasp

Step 5: Using chainnose pliers, open a jump ring and feed it through the two center chain links. Close the ring tightly so that the ends of the ring are flush.

Step 6: Open a new jump ring and connect it to the jump ring of the previous step and the ring on the clasp. Close the ring securely.

Step 7: Repeat Steps 5 & 6 to attach the clasp on the opposite side of the woven mesh.

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Attach the clasp with jump rings to the two center chain links.

Securing the Cord Ends

Step 8: Using the needle, feed the cord through the 1st row of chain links. Secure it in place by feeding it back through both the 2nd and then the 3rd row.

Step 9: Cut the cord flush against the chain mesh. Apply a dab of Hypo-Tube cement glue to the cord end to glue it in place and keep the ends from fraying.

Weave the cord back through several rows and glue in place.

Weave the cord back through several rows and glue in place.

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