I’m going to apologize for this, but I’ve been on a jewelry kick these past two weeks. Earrings last week and bracelets this week. I promise next week will bring new and exciting things. Let me get this out of my system first, though.
Okay, moving on. I love leather bracelets, but I never make them. I always feel like other people can make them better than I do, so I just buy them. That had to change, because you can’t get better at something if you don’t try, right?
I chose an easy design with a little bit of wire wrapping, which I’ve written a few tutorials for. It’s pretty straightforward so I’m confident that if I can make these, any of you can do the same. Want to try? Keep reading.
Materials needed for leather beaded bracelets
- metal wire
- jump rings
- leather cord
- jewelry clasps
You can find all supplies needed to make these bracelets at any craft store.
Step 1: thread the wire through the bead
Cut a piece of wire about half an inch longer than your bead on both sides.
Then, slide the bead into the center of the wire.
Step 2: twist two loops into the wire
Using your round-nosed jewelry pliers, create a loop in the wire on either side of the bead. You should have something that looks like the image above.
Then, repeat on the opposite side.
Step 3: add the clasps
Cut the leather cord so that, when folded in half and threaded through the metal loop, it reaches around to the other side of your wrist, but not quite to the center. You want to leave some space for the clasps to come together.
Add the clasp to fasten the leather ends.
Repeat on the opposite side.
When you’re finished, you should have a bracelet that looks like this.
If you want to get a little more adventurous, try making another bracelet and styling it just a bit differently.
I made the one on the left second. This one has 4 beads instead of 1 and the clasps are fastened to the side closest to the beads, rather than on the other side of the wrist.
Let me know what you think! I’d love to hear your feedback.