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How to Make Wrapped Leather Bracelets

How to Make Wrapped Leather Bracelets

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Published by Georgia Stewart
How to Make Wrapped Leather Bracelets
How to Make Wrapped Leather Bracelets

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Published by: Georgia Stewart on Aug 01, 2013
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How to make wrapped leather bracelets


Triple-wrap leather bracelet with blue tigereye beads Let me begin by stating the obvious – this style of wrapped leather bracelet is EVERYWHERE this season. Everywhere! Even my athletic clothing catalogs – which only have maybe three pieces of jewelry – are featuring this style. Why? Because it is casual yet chic and infinitely customizable! The catalog (which shall remain nameless) priced each bracelet at $120. Needless to say, you can make your own for far, far less using supplies from Rings & Things!

Rings & Things has some pretty ones from TierraCast. you’ll have plenty of thread and needles left over with which to make many more! Leather cord Our examples use Greek leather. . Pick a color that matches your leather or that provides a pretty contrast. Optional tools: needle threader. The number you need depends on how many times you want to wrap the bracelet around your wrist. <– The kit is great. African turquoise. The technique: 1. multiply your wrist by seven (7″ wrist = 49″ leather). because once you make your first bracelet. measure your wrist and then triple that number to get the length of leather needed (7″ wrist = 21″ of leather).5mm and 2mm worked great. the earth assortment). mookaite. Larger beads work too – but they will start getting heavy on multiple-wrap styles. Both the 1. crystals or pearls would also be lovely. thread conditioner. For single-wrap bracelet. All the bracelets pictured in this post use 6mm. Wrapped bracelet made with green opal gemstone beads and natural Greek leather. but glass. It is better to leave your leather too long than to end up with not enough. hematite and rhodonite The supply list is pretty short:       4-6mm round beads We used gemstones. For a triple-wrap. glue (GS Hypo Cement. scissors. We used size D Super-Lon (specifically. work surface with clips or clothespins. The formula is double your finished bracelet length plus extra for making the knots. Required tools: needle.Five different leather wrapped gemstone bracelets designs: green opal. We now have tubes with all black or all brown bobbins available too! Button or bead for the clasp. Our new wrapped bracelet kits use 4mm beads. Bead Fix or other fabric-friendly adhesive for extra security on your knots). Choose your bracelet length and cut your leather. Thread Needs to be sturdy and able to pass (doubled) through your beads twice.

leaving a loop large enough for your button to fit through. Holding the thread by the knot. let the needle fall to the ground so it is centered on the thread. Knot the leather and thread together. 3. Knot the end of the threads. Fold your piece of leather in half. tie an overhand knot so that your thread and lea ther are now connected.2. leaving a loop on the end. Holding the knot-end of the thread with the leather. Cut a long piece of thread (10-12 feet) and thread your needle. .

Make sure your button will fit through the loop before you tighten the knot. Use a second clip to attach the leather ends to the bottom of your board (leave the thread loose). Using binder clips or clothespins. Attach your piece to a work surface. 4. . attach your loop to the top of a piece of cardboard.

Reverse it if needed!) Here is a close-up of the lashing: A few stitches without beads secures the thread nicely on the leather. Hold the bead between the two strands of leather. but since I’m right-handed I’m going to describe it this way. After your thread has passed UNDER the left leather. under. under . OVER the left to the outside. pulling the thread tight around the leather to form a binding.5. the bracelet is super easy to make! Do this 5-6 times. Over. then UNDER the right. and stitch . then UNDER the left and OVER the right.once you get a rhythm going. 6. Starting with your thread in the middle of the two strands of leather. over. Now you are ready to start adding beads. It is a simple figure-8 stitch. wrap the thread OVER the right strand to the outside. (The pattern could go either way. add a bead.

Repeat many many times! Keep the beads pulled in snugly against the leather. If your thread seems to snag a lot. Pay attention so that your stitches all face the same way.but really I'm posting this picture to show off Jaci's manicure! . use a bit of thread conditioner or beeswax on it. THROUGH the bead hole again and OVER the left. Bring the thread UNDER the left and add another bead in the middle.the thread OVER the right. Adding the first bead to a wrapped bracelet . back UNDER the right.

To finish the bracelet. See how the beads line up inside the leather? 7. Now you are ready to attach your button or bead. Ideally. form several stitches without beads. you’ll have enough leather left to tie on a button with a nice knot on the back and trim the ends.A work in progress. . just like you did in step 5.

If your button has a small loop. . you might need to miter (angle) the leather end and pull it through with pliers.Long tails makes it easy to tie on a button closure.

Substitute a different type of cord for the leather. Use jump rings to attach a couple of charms. use a hook-end crimp. all is not lost. like on the 2nd bracelet from the left. add a touch of glue to the knots to ensure the thread is gripped securely by the leather. as in Tracy’s rattail and dragon blood jasper design: . Other design options:     String your button or bead clasp first. disk beads and crimp ends can all be used to finish the bracelet ends. If somehow you come up short. Leave the leather tails long and add beads or decorative knots.Buttons. then tie a series of knots on the end to make the bracelet length adjustable. Trim ends as needed. If desired. Or if your ends are really short. as shown on the pink bracelet on the right. 8. like on Mollie’s Belle Star bracelet. You can tie a disk bead onto just one strand of the leather (use glue to enforce your knot).

Have fun creating your own wrapped bracelets! You’ll find it is quite addictive once you start. Please feel free to post questions – I will do my best to answer! ~ Cindy .

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