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Crafty jewelry: braided bracelet tutorial

Beading and knotting, Jewelry making  |  September 28th 2011  |  0 Comment

Leather Bracelets Tutorial

The other day my sister in law had a really cute teal braided bracelet on that looked like leather and I loved it!  Upon closer inspection it was actually string, but it inspired me to find the leather and create what I had thought it was.  I love how they turned out (and that I can make 5 of them for less than she paid for one!).  I came up with two styles….

What you need
I picked up all my supplies at Michaels.
  • Leather cord
  • Crimp ends (the silver things shown above that are a C shape
  • Pliers

Each of my colored cords were 1 yard.  I cut them into three equal lengths and crimped on one end by folding the ends of the crimp over one another.

Sorry for the focus, I do not have a macro lens yet.

Braid your cord.  Depending on which style you like (loose or tight) will determine how your braid your cord.  For a loose braid I keep my cord flat as I braid, for a tight one you fold the cord over at each turn.

Determine the right length for you as your braid.  When you have enough length cut the ends off and crimp again.  Be sure your crimp ends are facing the same direction so that you have a good side and a bad side.  Connect the ends with a clasp of choice.  I like to wear a few of them together, the colors are fun! But the turquoise is definitely my favorite!

Crafty jewelry: braided bracelet tutorial