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 -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!

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.

DSlot-Clasps

The clasps are available in three finishes.

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