May 152018
 

Leather is often the perfect choice when creating jewelry for guys.

But make just a few alternate design decisions and you can have a really lovely feminine piece.

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Today’s bracelet combines metallic violet braided leather, rose gold findings and pressed glass flower beads for a boho-chunky yet soft and pretty piece of jewelry.

It goes together easily, but in order to insure a perfect fit do allow some time for the glue to dry in stages.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Purple & Pink Posy Bracelet-Flower Beads and Leather Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.

The leather and findings were provided to me for free for promotional purposes; however, Endless Leather has no control over my content and I was not paid for making the project.  The opinions shared are my own honest views.

Feb 132018
 

This bracelet takes a little bit of time to make, but it is oh-so worth it. You can choose to stop at just the center section and still have a wavy shaped bracelet, but adding the beaded borders along the sides is the crowning touch.

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Either way be sure to watch the video for my tips on choosing beads that will work best in this project, not all will give you the effect you are looking for.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Crimson Waves Bracelet-Chan Luu Style Beaded Jewelry Beading Tutorial video at YouTube.

Mar 282016
 

stingray leather bracelet

Sometimes it’s fun to make a very simple design, but use unique and interesting components. The nice folks at Endless Leather sent me three different leathers (cowhide, kangaroo and stingray!) along with gold plated findings to make a project perfect for guys & gals alike.

The assembly is simple: two part epoxy glues the leather into the end caps and the clasp is attached with  jump rings. In the video I give some tips for sizing.

To make a bracelet to fit a 7 inch wrist you’ll need:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Stingray Leather Bracelet Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Nov 302015
 

beaded leather wrap bracelet

As I mention in the video this bracelet design has been floating around the internet for quite some time. I’ve seen it made with leather cord, suede strips, silk cord, colored S-lon cord, hemp and even waxed linen twine.

Some of those finer materials might work out better for finding bead with holes large enough for them to pass through, but I like the look of the heavier cord.

Although this project uses quite a few beads, it really didn’t take all that long to put together.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Beaded Leather Wrap Bracelet Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

Tools:

  • scissors
  • E6000 glue
  • toothpick

Directions:

  1. Slide the two ends of leather cord through either the button or one piece of the toggle clasp. Center the button or clasp on the lengths of cord bringing all four ends together. Tie an overhand knot with all four cords just below the button or clasp.
  2. Onto each cord slide beads knotting the cord in between the beads. Continue to add beads and knots onto the cord until it will wrap around your wrist twice.
  3.  Use all four cords to tie an overhand knot. Apply a dab of E6000 glue to the knot; once dry trim away two of the cords.
  4. If using the button for closure don’t trim away two of the cords, but make a loop with the cords just large enough to fit over the button and tie the four cords in an overhand knot just below the previous knot. Add glue and trim the cords.
  5. Slide a cord through other half of your toggle closure and tie both cords in a knot above closure. Apply glue to this knot as well and trim the cords at an angle.

 

Apr 022013
 

Just finished making this pink pearl and crystal leather wrap bracelet and  I love wearing it!

Click on any of the pics to see them bigger.

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I pretty much followed the directions for the “Leather and Luxe” bracelet in the January issue of Bead Style Magazine, substituting beads that I had on hand. The button was one from my grandmother’s button jar.

I also used 1 mm leather cord that I had on hand, rather than 1.5 mm.  Worked just fine.  🙂

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The pink pearls are ones I dyed a while back.  You can learn how easy it is to do in this Custom Dyed Pearls video.

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I did order the pink silk cord from ArtBeads.com, but think I’ll try other cords/threads for a future bracelet. Any suggestions for materials?

Keep in mind that the 2 meter card of silk cord was just enough to make a double wrap bracelet.  If you want to make a bracelet with more wraps, you’ll need more cord.

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Although the directions in the magazine were great, I learned a few other tips from watching this video. The most helpful thing I found was to tape both ends down to your table.  This makes managing the wraps much easier.

The process was repetitive but relaxing.  Once you get the pattern down it’s very simple.  Next, I think I’ll make a triple wrap bracelet with all mixed metal beads.  Let me know if you give this a try!

To figure how much leather cord you need, take your wrist measurement and double it.  Multiply that by the number of wraps you want and add 12 inches.

So, for the triple wrap bracelet I’m going to make:

7 inch wrist x 2= 14 inches

14 inches x 3 wraps= 42 inches

42 + 12 = 54 inches leather cord

Happy creating!