Leather Jewelry Bracelet Free Tutorial

Making wrapped bracelets just got easier because this simple lashing technique from Rings & Things takes just minutes to learn. You can combine leather cord with rhinestone chain for a sophisticated style or use ball chain and leather for an industrial look.

Rings & Things is a worldwide supplier of beads, jewelry findings, and jewelry-making supplies based in Spokane, WA. Its founder, Russ Nobbs started his jewelry career in the 1960’s selling handmade wire name pins and beaded wire earrings at state fairs around the Pacific Northwest. In 1972, after several years on the fair circuit, he opened a tiny retail jewelry store in Spokane, Washington. Over the years, the store’s earrings were joined by turquoise rings, ethnic & hand-crafted sterling silver jewelry, beads … and a whole lot more.

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Step 1: Gather the tools and supplies to make a lashed rhinestone and leather bracelet.

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Step 2: Create a loop to match the button. Fold the length of Greek leather cord in half to form the button loop. Size the loop so it will slip over the button. Use waxed linen cord and a simple overhand knot to secure the button loop.

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Step 3: Secure the button loop. Align the waxed linen cord tail with the leather cord and tightly wrap approximately 10 lashes (this should measure about 3/8 inch).

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Step 4: Begin lashing the rhinestone chain to the leather cord. Align the rhinestone chain with the leather cord and begin lashing. Use the waxed linen cord to tightly lash around the leather cord and between each rhinestone setting.

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Step 5: Finish lashing the rhinestone chain to the leather cord.

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Continue lashing the rhinestone chain to the leather cord. Check the length for fit; the rhinestone portion of the bracelet should be one inch shorter than bracelet size.

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Clip off any unneeded rhinestone and secure by adding 10 additional tightly-wrapped lashes (about 3/8 inch).

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Step 6: Add and secure the button. Slide the button loop onto the waxed linen cord and one leather strand. Secure the button in place by adding 10 tightly-wrapped lashes (about 3/8 inch). Use a sewing needle to stitch the linen cord tail back through the final lashing and cut off the excess.

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Step 7: Finish the bracelet with an overhand knot. Finish the bracelet with a single overhand knot and clip off any excess leather. Slip the loop over the button and the bracelet is complete.

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You can combine leather cord with rhinestone chain for a sophisticated style or use ball chain and leather for an industrial look. This pattern is easily adaptable; create single, double, or triple-wrapped bracelets using either rhinestone chain or ball chain. You can vary the color of the leather, rhinestones, and waxed linen cord.

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