What you’ll need:
- Leather cuff
- Bead Cord (I used a 3-ply silk cord in black so that it wouldn’t show)
- Beads of your choice – mine are silver plated and stone
- Sharp utility knife and a ruler
- Sharp, thick needle (I just used the biggest one that came in a regular pack of sharps needles)
- Self-healing mat or several layers of cardboard for your cutting and hole-punching
By cutting an existing cuff (I found mine in a 2-pack for less than $3 at Hobby Lobby), you get the look of a wrapped bracelet out of one cuff really inexpensively. But if you prefer a wrap, you can certainly go that route, too. To trim your cuff, measure where you want to cut, and place your ruler as a guide so make sure your cuts are nice and straight. You’ll want to do this on a self-healing mat or several layers of cardboard to protect your work surface. And please be careful anytime you use sharp objects, of course. :)
Now, next I actually attempted to use a 2mm leather punch for my holes. I scored them first and then realized – they would be way too big at 2mm. So what I ended up doing was this – I used a large, sharp needle as a makeshift awl (you could obviously use a real awl if you have one) and I just hammered it in to make my holes.
You’ll see the circles where I was planning to punch my holes. I spaced them 1/2 inch apart from each other for my bead distance, but do whatever you like here. I just put a hole in the center of each of those, and a second hole slightly outside – so I punched two small holes for each circle you see. You shold be able to see an extra hole just outside each circle below.
I made two holes each, because I wanted to tie a small knot on the underside of the cuff on either side of the bead. I threaded it through (if your beading needle is having trouble passing through the hole you made, you may want to use pliers to help pull it through).
Then I tied it off, and threaded my cord back through to the top of the cuff. Then, I added a couple of beads, and tied off the other side. I did this for each set of holes I made.
Beading went pretty quickly, though I’m not going to say it was really easy. Threading through leather was a little bit of a challenge – not difficult, it was just a tight fit so you’ll have to coax it through, is all. This project only took me about 30 minutes, though, and I was left with a fabulous cuff at the end.
I link up to these great parties!