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.

DIY -Swarovski Pearl & Brass Disc Earrings

We just love the new connectors from TierraCast! Here is a quick and easy earring project using the discs. Of course this design would also make a great bracelet too!

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Tools Needed
Flush Wire Cutters
Roundnose Pliers
Chainnose Pliers

Materials Needed
1 Pair Bronze Ball-End Earwires
2 Hammertone Connector Discs
2 Antique Brass Plated Ball-End Headpins
2 10mm Swarovski Pearls

 

 

 

 

Step 1: String a bead onto the ball-end headpin.

Step 2: Bend the wire to a 90-degree angle so that it rests snugly against the bead.

Step 3: Using flush wire cutters, cut the headpin down in length so that it measures 1 centimeter.

cut wire down before making the simple loop

Cut wire down before making the simple loop

Step 4: Using roundnose pliers, gently grab the very end of the headpin and shape the wire around the jaw of the pliers to make a loop. This step takes several tool adjustments in order to fully shape the wire into a loop.

Use roundnose pliers to make a simple loop

Use roundnose pliers to make a simple loop

Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 to make a loop on the second Swarovski pearl.

Step 6: Open the loop gently by holding the open end of the loop with chainnose pliers and twisting the wire end outward as shown.

Step 7: Feed the open loop into the disc and close it by twisting the wire end inward.

Step 8: Attach the earwire by opening the loop in the same manner. Feed the Hammertone Disc onto the back of the earwire (the hole is not big enough to fit the embellishment ball through it) and around until it rests in the embellishment loop. Close the loop.

Attach the bead and earwire to the connector.

Attach the bead and earwire to the connector.

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