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Team this colorful Kumihimo bracelet with your weekend casual wear for a fun and trendy look.
Leather jewelry is so on trend at the moment and this easy to make Kumihimo Bracelet will make a fun addition to your wardrobe.

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  • How to make a braided leather bracelet. Kumihimo Chain Bracelet - Step 1
    Step 1

    1. Find the middle of each cord and lay it across the center of the disk. Arrange the cords so that two run vertically and two sit horizontally. Insert one of the vertical cords in the slot to the left of the dot at the top of the disk and the corresponding end in the slot to the right of the bottom dot. Insert the other vertical cord to the right of the top dot and left of the bottom dot so that the cords cross over in the middle. Position the two horizontal cords either side of the dot on the left hand side of the disk. Place their corresponding ends on either side of the right hand dot, crossing them over in the middle.

  • How to make a braided leather bracelet. Kumihimo Chain Bracelet - Step 2
    Step 2

    Tip: Work the left hand cords with your left hand and the right hand cords with your right hand. Hold the center of the disk with your free hand to keep the tension in the braid as you work.

    There are just three actions to the braid. 1 - Pick up the bottom left cord and place it in the slot to the left of the top two cords.

  • How to make a braided leather bracelet. Kumihimo Chain Bracelet - Step 3
    Step 3

    2 - Take the top right cord and place it in the slot to the right of the bottom cord.

  • How to make a braided leather bracelet. Kumihimo Chain Bracelet - Step 4
    Step 4

    3 - Rotate the disk counter-clockwise.

  • How to make a braided leather bracelet. Kumihimo Chain Bracelet - Step 5
    Step 5

    Repeat steps 2 – 4 until the braid measures about 6”.

  • How to make a braided leather bracelet. Kumihimo Chain Bracelet - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut three 12” lengths of sewing thread and wrap one firmly around the braid several times at the 2 1/4” mark before knotting it securely. Wrap the second thread around the braid, leaving a gap of at least 1/4". Measure along 2” and wrap the third thread around the braid. The photo shows the third thread being wrapped around the braid. Trim the thread ends close to the knots leaving only a small tail.

  • How to make a braided leather bracelet. Kumihimo Chain Bracelet - Step 7
    Step 7

    Remove the braid from the disk. Cut the braid inbetween the first two thread wraps you made in Step 6. Cut the braid at least 1/8" after the third thread wrap. You now have two braided lengths measuring approximately 2 1/2" long. Trim the ends of the cords to 1/8”.

  • How to make a braided leather bracelet. Kumihimo Chain Bracelet - Step 8
    Step 8

    Working on one braid at a time, apply adhesive around the thread and the cut ends of the braid. Slide an end cap over the end. Glue a cord end to the other end of the bracelet. Repeat for the other braid. Allow the adhesive to dry before proceeding.

  • How to make a braided leather bracelet. Kumihimo Chain Bracelet - Step 9
    Step 9

    Use the split ring pliers to separate the coils of the split ring.

  • How to make a braided leather bracelet. Kumihimo Chain Bracelet - Step 10
    Step 10

    Hook the loop of the end cap onto the split ring and slide it around the ring until it reaches the end of the coil. Repeat on the other length of braid.

  • How to make a braided leather bracelet. Kumihimo Chain Bracelet - Step 11
    Step 11

    Hook one end of the chain component onto each of the split rings by separating the coils as you did in Step 10.

    Add a split ring to the other end of each braid. Attach one half of the toggle clasp to each ring.

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