Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Leather beaded braid bracelet, Photo DIY

I was recently messing around with bracelet designs, and came up with this rather simple one. I was actually working on a little harder design, like this one, and came up with this as a use for a smaller number of beads. After making both, I actually liked this one better! Plus the fun little clasp was different than usual.

Here are the tools needed. (I didn't end up needing the clothespins...)

First cut a length of leader cord (find it with the beading supplies) twice the length you need for your wrist and add some for making knots. You can always trim it down, but you can't add to it, so guess it long. :) Here's how I estimated:

Fold the leather in half and match up with a length of 22 gauge gold or silver beading wire.

Holding it with your pliers, about 1/2" down from the fold (this loop will be part of your clasp) and wrap tightly several times. Notice how the end of the wire is tipped down into the wrap, so it is buried.

Then begin to braid the leather with the wire, sliding a bead up the wire every time it comes over the braid to the top. See photo:

Once you have braided and beaded to the desired length, wrap the leather tightly with the wire again, and trim the ends. 

Slide three more beads onto the wire and draw to 1/2" from the leather, and then wrap the wire around itself to secure them there and proceed to wrap itself sightly all the way down to the leather ends. 

Cut and bury the end, and then use your pliers to bend the beaded tip into a hook that can slip through the loop on the other end.  
 Here's how that looks:


Recipe posts:
Two Chili Recipes (scroll to end of post)

Leather Beaded Braid Bracelet
Home-Made Laundry Soap

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  1. So cute! These would make great Christmas gifts! Thanks for the great tutorial! :)

    xoxo laurie

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