Bead & Leather Bracelet

Over the weekend, my husband and I visited Saugatuck, MI, which is an artsy little tourist town.  I drooled over all the fabulous jewelry designs… got a lot of sticker shock… and came home with lots of ideas.

I made this little bracelet from leather cord and small beads (mainly seed beads, but a few metal ones also).  And it’s SO easy!

I wasn’t quite sure which beads would have large enough holes for my leather cord.  Turns out, mainly just the seed beads, boo.  But I still think the end result turned out pretty!  I just wold have liked to incorporate some stones or pearls, too. :P

All you need to do is cut 4 – 6.5″ – 7″ lengths of cord, add a drop of jewelry glue to an end cap, and glue them into place.

Then, string some beads on.  I went with a totally random pattern.  Don’t fill the whole strand, you want the leather to show through.

When you like how it looks, just glue the other end cap on.

Attach your clasp… and seriously, that’s it!  I told you it was easy!  I had this bracelet done in about 20 minutes.  It took me longer to haul things out and put them back away… ;)

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  1. Blythe says

    Thank you so much for all these great jewelry tutorials! I am feeling very inspired to branch out in my jewelry making now!
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  2. Heather says

    Another great Adrianne project. By the way, I'm loving my tree of life necklace – have worn it multiple times and keep getting compliments. Did you receive your package yet?

  3. Kara says

    Love! I would really love to come raid your jewelry box ;) It must be filled with great stuff!

  4. Maureen Hayes says

    You make the most amazing jewelry girl!! I love this, but I love all the things you make and your tutorials are always so clear and helpful.

  5. Jessi Wohlwend says

    Very cute, you always make the coolest jewelry! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  6. Diane says

    Very nice! I really like it! Kind of sparkly, yet “tough” enough to wear with jeans. Perfect!
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  7. Kathe says

    I love this Adrianne! Wish I had your talent and good eyes LOL! Thanks for sharing this at the party this week! I'll be featuring this post on my Facebook page ?

  8. Jocelyn says

    That is seriously adorable! I think I have everything but the leather cord…guess I know where I am going tomorrow:-) I am pinning this so I can remember to come back and make one!!!

  9. Angela says

    just found your blog (very nice) and I was wondering if you link up to where you got your supplies to each post? I have noticed you do sometimes and other times you do not. Having never made jewelry before it would be really handy. We live in a small town and only one craft shop. Thank you!

  10. Angela says

    Is there anyway to find out where you got your end caps? (looked on Consumer Crafts already)…..I like the ones you are using and can’t seem to find any that look similar to yours….Went to Michael’s and the salesperson could not find any that had the cap and ring on it together. Being a beginner, I don’t know what to ask for when I look for end caps.

  11. Lynn says

    Here is a dumb question. How do you keep the beads like ya have them spaced them, and them not all going to one end or the other?

  12. Denise says

    Love the idea with this bracelet. Having trouble figuring out cord size and bead sizes. 0.5 mm leather cord is too thick for the seed beads I have. Any ideas or suggestions? Help! Please! :)

    • says

      Hi Denise,

      I’d try a 6/0, good quality seed bead. The inexpensive Chinese beads typically don’t have a large, consistent hole size. I like Toho and Miyuki, both are good quality brands with large holes. Hope that helps!

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