A simple unisex bracelet made up of pieces of scrap leather, bead strands, chain, and cording, that wraps around the wrist numerous times to create a thick, wrapped bracelet.
Collect all supplies needed for this project in order to begin creating the individual sections of the bracelet.
Start by cutting your leather scraps into strips approximately 1/3" - 1" wide and about 8" - 9" long, tapering the ends to a tip that is about 1/4" wide. See image. Creating a tip at the ends of each strip of leather will allow the metal beads to fit over the leather.
Fold the end over at about 1" away from the end of the strip and glue it in place, leaving a loop at the end for the jump ring to fit through. Either slip a metal bead over the end or use wire to wrap the end. See image. Repeat for the remaining 5 ends of your leather strips.
Now it's time to prepare the other sections of the bracelet.
Place a crimp bead at the end of your beading wire and crimp in place, again leaving a loop with enough room for your jump ring to fit through the end. Add your choice of beads; I like wood, stone, or bone for more masculine bracelets and pearls or crystal for more feminine ones. The section of beads should only be about 2" - 3" long. Crimp a crimp bead at the other end of the wire to create a connection for your jump ring and to secure the beads in place. See image.
Use the craft wire and fabric glue to create a loop at the end of your leather cord and repeat on the other end. See image. This strip should be approximately 5" - 6" in length.
Select a chain that goes with the desired look of the bracelet and cut a piece of chain about 5" long.
The bracelet will tie together using two pieces of cotton cording. Cut 2 strips of cord about 5" long. Fold the end over and use the craft wire and fabric glue to create a loop at the only one end of each piece. As always, make sure the loop is big enough for your jump rings to fit through. See image.
Using jump rings, connect all of the pieces together in this order:
1. cotton cord
2. wide leather strip
3. bead strand
4. leather cord
5. medium leather strip
7. thin leather strip
8. cotton cord
Here's how to wrap the bracelet comfortably around your wrist.
- Hold the cotton cord end of the thicker side of the bracelet with the thumb of the hand that will be wearing the bracelet (usually the right).
- Place a marker or thick pen against your wrist - this sounds weird, but it will keep you from wrapping the bracelet too tightly around your wrist.
- Now begin to tightly wrap the bracelet around your wrist, again starting with the thicker end of the bracelet.
- Tie the bracelet in place, tuck ends under bracelet, and remove the marker/pen.
This will most likely take a couple tries to get just right, but when you do, you're going to love it!