DIY: Beads And Leather Wrap Bracelet

BeadsAndLeatherBraceletTutorialMaterials Needed:
40 inches of 1.5mm or 2mm leather cord
1 card of size #2 nylon thread with a needle attached
1 strand of 3mm hex-cut metal beads
1 shank style button that measures 15mm-30mm

Tools Needed:
Light duty flush cutters
1-2 Big eye needles, 2 ¼” in length
G-S Cement glue
2 clamps (optional)
A wooden work tray (optional)

Chan Luu-style bracelets seem to allure all of us. Who can resist a bracelet that wraps around your wrist multiple times displaying your favorite beads. I hope this tutorial will get you started with a new wrap bracelet obsession. Be sure to check out the very end of the tutorial for great tips on changing up the beads, # of wraps & more!

Attaching the Clasp & Preparing the Bracelet for Some Bead Action

Attach the Button www.baublesandbeads.comStep 1: Center the button on the leather cord and tie an overhand knot to hold it in place. Make sure the button can move freely on the leather loop.

Step #2 Remove the entire length of the thread from the card. String the big-eye needle onto the end of the thread that does not already have a needle attached.

TraySetUp www.baublesandbeads.comOptional: Some people prefer working this bracelet up with the use of clamps and a wooden tray. Fasten the button to one end of the tray with a clamp. Then secure the leather cords to the opposite end of the tray with another clamp, leaving a bit of space between the two cords for easy access when adding beads.

Stitching the Beads to the Leather

Step2* The photos display two colors of thread to make each step of the bracelet a bit easier to understand. In real life we are using just one color of thread.)

Step #3: Center a bead on the long length thread and position the bead in between the two leather cords, against the button, with the thread resting across the front of the leather cord.

Step #4: Bring one side of the thread (black thread in picture) around the outside edge of the leather and up thru the center, between the two leather cords.

Step #5: Using the needle, feed the same thread thru the bead hole and crossing over the front of the leather on the opposite side of the bracelet.

Step #6: Repeat Step 4 & Step 5 with the other thread (purple thread in picture). Pull both threads to tighten the stitch.

Step4 Wrap Bracelet www.baublesandbeads.comStep #7: Bring one side of the thread around the outside edge of the leather, up thru the center, and resting in front of the leather on the opposite side of the bracelet.

Step #8: String a bead on the same thread and position the bead in the space between the two pieces of leather.

Step #9: Feed the opposite thread around the outside of the leather, thru the bead hole, and crossing over the front of the leather on the opposite side of the bracelet.

Step #10: Pull both threads to tighten the stitch.

step5 Wrap Bracelet www.baublesandbeads.comStep #11: Continue securing beads in place by repeating Step 7-Step 10 until the bracelet wraps around your wrist two times. For an ideal fit make the bracelet long enough that the starting bead and the ending bead touch when wrapped snugly around your wrist.

Securing the Threads & Finishing the Clasp

The threads are secured in place by tying a surgeons knot with the two threads. If the bead hole is big enough the knot can be hidden inside the hole (a good reason to use large hole beads at the start and finish of the bracelet). Small hole beads require an alternate finishing technique, read on for more details.

Finishing Wrap Bracelet www.baublesandbeads.comStep #12: Flip the bracelet over and feed one of the threads back through the bead. (black thread in picture)

Step #13: Wrap thread from the previous step around the needle of the other thread two or three times.

Step #14: Feed the needle thru the bead and slowly pull the thread through the bead.  The “wraps” around the other thread will tighten into a knot that will be pulled inside the hole of the bead. If the bead hole is large enough repeat Step 13 & Step 14 again.

TIP: Beads with small holes will not accommodate multiple threads to be passed through with this technique. An alternative way to finish this bracelet is to simply knot the two threads together on the outside of the bead. The finishing knot will be exposed but can be worn on the inside of the bracelet. Most people prefer this method as it is super (duper) easy and for the most part the maker is the only one who notices the exposed thread.

Step #15: Glue the knot and allow it to dry. When the glue is dry (yes, wait for it to dry) cut the threads.

Loop Closeure of Wrap Bracelet www.baublesandbeads.comStep #16: Tie the two sides of the leather into an overhand knot positioned the knot close to the final bead stitch.

Step #17: Leaving enough room to accommodate the size of the button on the opposite end, tie a second overhand knot with the leather cords. Check to make certain the button fits into the loop before tightening the loop.

Step #18: Cut the ends of the leather approximate ½” from the knot. Or string a couple embellishment beads onto the individual leather cords and make an additional knot to keep them in place.

TIP: Light-duty flush cutters are an excellent way to easily cut through heavy cording materials while providing for a clean cut. These light-duty cutters are traditionally used to cut through the silk cord through between knotted pearls. The flat side of the cutter provides protection from damaging the bead while the blades cut cleanly through the fibers. They are also excellent for cutting soft wire up to 18 gauge.

Beads And Leather Wrap BraceletTips & Tricks

Cutting Leather Cord for Additional Wraps: Additional wraps require using a longer length of leather cord, thread, and additional beads. A general guideline to cutting the appropriate leather length is as follows: 1 wrap: 24 inches, 2 wraps: 40 inches, each additional wrap will require an addition 12 inches of leather. Remember we all have different sized wrists; play it safe by using a bit more leather than required.

Using Small Hole Beads: Small hole beads are exciting and it can be hard to limit yourself to beads with large holes only. When selecting smaller hole beads a thinner thread is required. I like Superlon or Nymo Size D for their excellent color selection. You may also need to use a finer needle. We like to use a size #10 needle for Nymo and Superlon.

Adding a New Thread: When making bracelets with more than two wraps additional thread will be required to complete the project. If you are using large hole beads simply knot off the old threads, glue & cut. Add the new thread by feeding one end through the last bead stitched, centering the thread, and resume beading like nothing happened.

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DIY: Leather & Chain Kumihimo Braid

KumihimoBracelets1 BaublesAndBeads.comAncient technique meet contemporary materials in this great Kumihimo braided bracelet design. Mixing leather and chain has never been so easy; add a flashy clasp and 30 minutes from now you will have yourself a new favorite bracelet. A bit of wire wrapping experience is helpful to get professional looking results but the braid itself is super easy when using the handy braiding disk.Kumihimo Braid Materials Baubles & Beads

Securing the First Side of Cords & ChainSecuring Cords Baubles & BeadsStep 1: Cut all cords and chains to length.

Step 2: Tie an overhand knot at the center point in each of the leather cords.

Step 3: Using a length of the wire, feed the wire through the center of the knot on the cords and the center link of the chains. Position the cords & chain about 3” from the end of the wire.

Step 4: Cross over the two sides of the wire directly above the cords and chain. Secure the cord & chain to the wire by wrapping the short wire end around the longer tightly, two times. Cut the short wire tail flush against the wraps. The ends are now secured.

Wire Wrapping the End Cap in PlaceWireWrappingEnds Baubles&Beads

Step 5: Feed an end cap onto the end of the wire, hiding the wire connection.

Step 6: Feed on a daisy spacer bead for embellishment (optional).

Step 7: Make a wire wrapped loop on the end of the wire. (Later we will connect the clasp with jump rings.) Cut the remaining wire flush against the wire wrap.

Preparing the Cords and Chains for Braiding
There are four large black dots on the disk. These dots signify the starting position of each of the cords & chains. Our braiding material will be split up into 2 pairs of cords and 2 pairs of chains that will be positioned opposite of each other. Notice how the braiding disk has little slots that are numbered, while braiding we will moving along the disk in a counter clockwise fashion.StartingPointofBraid Baubles & BeadsStep 8: Position the secured end into the center of the disk, pointing away from you, and divide the cords and chain into pairs.

Step 9: Position the cords into the slots beside the top and bottom dots.

Step 10: Position the chains into the slots beside the dots on both sides.

Braiding the Cords & Chains
When braiding, try to maintain a consistent tension. The resulting braid should be centered in the middle of the disk hole. The resulting braid will be very tight and will require loosening for accurate length measurement.Step11-12 Baubles & BeadsStep 11: Bring the top right cord downward and position it into the bottom right slot of the disk.

Step 12: Bring the bottom left cord upward and position it into the top left slot of the disk. Turn the disk one quarter turn to the left (clockwise).Step13-14 Baubles & BeadsStep 13 Bring the top right chain downward and position it into the bottom right slot of the disk.

Step 14: Bring the bottom left chain upward and position it into the top left slot of the disk. Turn the disk one quarter turn to the left (clockwise).

Step 15: Repeat Steps 11-14 until your braid measures approximately 2.5 inches in length. Always complete the braid with the chains crossing over.LoosenTheBraid Baubles & BeadsStep 16: With the braid still positioned on the braiding disk, gently roll the braid between your fingers to loosen it. It should nearly double in length depending on the tension of the braid. The clasp and findings take up a lot of length in this design. An 8 inch bracelet is made up of about 5.25 inches of braid, ideal for a 6.5 inch wrist. Adjust the length of the braid to fit your needs.

Securing the 2nd Side of the BraidSteps18-20 Baubles & BeadsStep 17: Keep the braid on the disk. Tie the top right cord and the bottom right cord together into a tight double knot. Tie the two remaining cords together in the same way. Apply glue to both of the knots and allow the glue to dry.

Step 18: Cut the ends of the leather cords against the knots. Apply a bit of glue to the cut ends for added strength. Give the glue time to dry.

Step 19: Remove the chains from the braiding disk. Gather all four chains upward, above the leather cord knots.Finishing2ndSide BaublesAndBeads.comStep 20: Using a length of the wire, feed the wire through one link of each chain directly above the knots. Cut off the excess chain.

Step 21: Position the chains about 3” from the end of the wire. Bend the wire in half where the chains are attached to the wire. Secure the chain to the wire by wrapping the short wire end around the longer wire tightly, two times. Cut the short wire tail flush against the wraps. All ends are now secured.

Step 22: Repeat Steps 5-7 to position the end cap in place.AttachTheClasp BaublesAndBeads.comStep 23: Connect the clasp to the wire wrapped loops with jump rings.

Hooray! You’ve made your first Kumihimo braid. For your next project may we suggest using all leather or all chain in contrasting colors.

DIY -3 Strand Leather Bracelet

Leather Bracelet Smaple

Tools Needed
Flush Wire Cutters
Chain Nose Pliers

Materials Needed
One shank style button to be used as a clasp
Eighteen 4mm 6/0 metal beads or use Japanese 6/0 glass seedbeads for added color
Four gold-plated pewter distressed ovals
Two and a half feet (30″) 1.5mm leather cord

This three strand bracelet is made with one continuous length of leather. The leather is doubled through the oval beads to create a clasp and lattice pattern. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this posting for a chance to win one of two GIVEAWAYS!

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Step 1: String one oval bead and the button clasp onto the leather.

Step 2: Feed the leather back through the oval bead to “trap” the button in place. Position the leather so that one side measures about 8 inches from the button. (The longer side of leather will be used to complete a loop and additional bracelet strand later on.)

Bead stringing pattern for the first two strands of leather.

Bead stringing pattern for the first two strands of leather.

Step 3: Onto the longer length of leather cord string the following beads: 2 6/0 seedbeads, 1 oval, 2 6/0 seedbeads, 1 oval, 2 6/0 seedbeads, 1 oval.

Step 4: Onto the shorter length of leather cord string the following beads: 2 6/0 seedbeads, string through the 2nd oval used on the longer leather strand, 4 6/0 seedbeads, string through the 4th oval used on the longer leather strand.

Make a loop with the longer leather by feeding it back through the last oval bead.

Make a loop with the longer leather by feeding it back through the last oval bead.

Step 5: Make a loop on the end of the second side of the bracelet by feeding the longer leather cord back through the last oval bead.

Step 6: Size the bracelet so that the overall length measures approximately 8 inches. Final sizing adjustments will be made after stringing the final row.

Bead stringing pattern for final row of leather.

Bead stringing pattern for final row of leather.

Step 7: String the following beads onto the final length of leather: 2 6/0 seedbeads, string through the 2nd oval bead of the middle strand, 4 6/0 seedbeads, string through the final oval bead shared with the other two strand of leather.

Step 8: Size the bracelet. Before crimping the leather in place it is important to properly size the bracelet. The loops at each end should measure approximately 3/4″ each. Adjust the strands until the length fits your wrist loosely. When each strand is the same length the bracelet should lie relatively flat.

Using chain nose pliers, cut off the excess leather.

Using chain nose pliers, gently squeeze the oval bead closed.

Step 9: Using chain nose pliers, gently crimp down the oval beads at each end to secure the leather in place.

Step 10: Position each of the remaining oval beads approximately 2″ away from the closest ending oval bead. Using chain nose pliers, gently crimp down the two oval beads in the body of the bracelet. Crimping down these two beads will help keep the beads evenly distributed on the leather strands.

Use cutters to remove excess leather at the ends.

Use cutters to remove excess leather at the ends.

Step 11: Use wire cutters to remove the excess leather at each end.

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DIY -Galaxy Bracelet

GalaxysamplesTools Needed
Light-duty wire cutters
Chain nose pliers (2 pairs are helpful)
Hypo-Tube cement

Materials Needed For a 7″ Bracelet
1 1/2 yards .5mm leather
1 foot 3mm rolo chain, cut into two 6″ lengths
7 inches 3mm rhinestone chain
Four 6mm 18 gauge jump rings
1 toggle clasp

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

DIY -Knotted Leather Bracelet

lgholepearlbracelet

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!

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