“So Stack-able” Leather Bracelet Project

Leather Bracelet Project

1mm leather and a jewelry connector make for an easy, fun bracelet design

The “So Stack-able Leather Bracelet Project” includes a materials list and instructions. This quick and easy leather bracelet project creates a simple, fun look that goes with any outfit.  You can change up the colors of the 1mm leather, as well as the colors of the connector and the clasp, to suit your particular style.  These look great layered up your arm and are a great accent to other pieces of jewelry. Whip a few up for yourself or give them away as gifts to friends.

The example I made is done in Moroccan Red and Metallic Bronze leather with a silver pewter “S” swirl link.  The crimp end cap and crimp end hook are both sterling silver.  However, you can use any color of 1mm leather you wish and any shape or color of connector.  The end caps you chose can vary to suit your taste as well, but make sure they are 3mm so that they can accommodate the 4 pieces of leather we are going to place in them.

Materials needed for this project:

A 3mm leather crimp end cap 

A 3mm leather crimp end hook

jewelry connector of your choosing, around 24mm in length works well with this size of leather

Four pieces of 1mm leather cording, each about 5-and-a-half inches in length

A cutting tool of some kind

Chain Nose Pliers

A ruler

Instructions:

1.  Measure and cut four, 5 and 1/2 inch pieces of leather. The length of leather you will need will vary slightly depending on the link you choose and the length of your wrist.  I wanted my bracelet to be about 6 1/2 inches and I used a link that is 24mm in length.  Add length to your leather if you are using a smaller link or if you want your bracelet to turn out larger.

Larks head Knot

An example of a Lark’s Head Knot

2. Hold two pieces of leather together and make a lark’s head knot around the link. To do so, hold the two pieces of leather together and fold them in half.  Slide the folded end into the link and bend it all the way around the link.  Then, pull the ends through.  If you would like to see a demonstration of how to create this type of knot, please watch this video.

3.  Insert the other four ends of the leather into a 3mm crimp end.  Then, use your chain nose pliers to smash the center of the crimp end, holding them in place (if you would like a demonstration of how to do this, check out this video).  Repeat on the other side and you’re done!  Repeat with different variations of leather and metal components!

 

Silver Hammered Link

This 13mm Link is perfect for this project

I am a huge fan of leather as well as wearing several bracelets at once, so this design is perfect for me.  The Tierracast 13mm hammered round link works really well for this project, so I think I am going to use it for my focal next. I will probably pair it will black and metallic pearl leather.  I also want to try making some for this Spring using bright colors, maybe even neons.   If you are in the mood for some more inspiration, check out our full catalog of bracelet projects.  If you would like to see more projects using leather, we have that too, just click here.

 

What do you think of my design?  Will you be making one?  I’d love your feedback!

Kelly Henderson

Kelly Henderson is a jewelry designer and editor of the Auntie's Beads blog. When she's not beading, you might find her chasing her one-year-old son, Sawyer, watching bad reality TV or reading a good book.

1 Comment

  • Reply April 4, 2014

    Lori M

    Thank you for the great ideas. I was curious what the Moroccan red really looked like so now I know that I want it. I really like the link/connector too. So cute. I never would have thought about using it this way, but you were so detailed and even gave more go with ideas that I want to go make some now.

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