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Crafty jewelry: Leather Cuff tutorial

Beading and knotting, Jewelry making  |  September 10th 2011  |  0 Comment

 

Jewelry making

Christmas gift-making is in full swing in The Craft Patch household. Even Mr. CP is getting in on the action this year! Can’t wait to share the fun things I’ve got planned! But you may have to wait until after Christmas. Don’t want certain diligent blog-checking family members to see what they are getting!

So for the first Christmas gift post, how about a pretty, unique, trendy, handmade cuff bracelet?!

Using a rotary cutter, ruler and mat, cut a piece of vinyl that is the width you want, but longer than the circumference of your wrist. Cut even slits into the center of the band, leaving plenty of room (2-3 inches, bigger than the picture shows) on each solid end to adjust after it’s braided, since braiding makes the bracelet shrink quite a bit.

Now comes the fun part….braiding! Do it just like braiding anything else, and totally ignore the hot tangled mess you’re making at the bottom.

Left over center:

Right over center:

Left over center:
Pinch the part you’ve braided so it doesn’t come undone. Now try to untangle the bottom by flipping the bottom end through the hole as shown. Just keep twisting and turning and when you’ve got it right, it will all smooth out (there’s no better way to explain it, you just keep fiddling until poof! It untangles!) and looks like this:

hen you are DONE!
Read more: http://thecraftpatch.blogspot.com/2011/11/braided-leather-cuff-bracelet-tutorial.html