So last time I was shopping Goody Beads (which happens wayyy more often than I care to admit, haha) I spotted some gorgeous DIY leather bracelets in their inspiration area. I had to make them! They didn’t have any instructions, but they were pretty easy to make. I decided to share them with you after a little trial and error on my end, especially because they’re sooo pretty, and they don’t require much in the way of tools and supplies. That’s not always the case when it comes to jewelry – and would you be surprised if I told you, you can make these up in just 10 minutes?
I used the same technique for both bracelets, and as you can see, they look totally different! You really have a lot of options for making your own style – you can opt for leather by itself, or add beads for a pretty mixed media look. Memory wire requires no clasps, so just wrap them on or stack them! I went for autumn colors since the end of summer is approaching, but you can use bright colors, pastels, black and white… you get the idea!
I will list the supplies I used for these two fabulous bangles below, along with affiliate links where you can find the supplies on Goody Beads. If you decide to make a purchase, that’s a great way to support
my jewelry addiction my free tutorials because I get a small commission when you use these links to do your shopping – all at no extra cost to you. (This, of course, is how I afford to go shopping for whatever is new and hot to show you how to make it yourself… so it’s win-win!) ;)
For the brown bangle:
For the orange bangle:
- 8 inches 5mm orange Cancun round leather
- 30 – 5mm x 3mm pink Czech rondelle beads
- 6 – 5mm gold nugget spacer beads
- 15 – 6mm fire polish rose Czech round beads
- 2 – 8mm antique brass finish pewter end caps
- 5mm gold wire end caps
Now, before we get started I want to mention that if you’re looking for some other colors and textures, you can browse a whole collection and see more of what inspired me at Goody Beads. Just note this:
You can only use braided or stitched 5mm leather cord for this project to work. Stitched cord is more difficult to string, so I would not recommend attempting to string a length any longer than 10 or 12 inches. The longer the length, the more difficult it will be to feed the wire through.
I learned this by trial and error. More errors than I would have expected, actually, for such a simple design. But there you have it. :)
You can make these bracelets any length! I’d recommend at least 10 inches so that you have one full wrap and a bit of overlap, but I love the 18-inch length (probably more like 16 inches if you’re using the small sized wire). It gives you two wraps at that length, with enough overlap that it looks like three on one side.
Cut about 3 wraps off your coil of memory wire (and they make specialty shears for memory wire, because it’s hardened) and feed it through the center. The braided leather has a small hole that’s quite easy to string, and the stitched leather (and cork – you can use cork cord, too) has a cord center but you can slip the wire between the core and the stitched casing.
When you have the length you want, cut the wire as close to the ends of the leather as you can, and glue on end caps. The caps I recommended have a hole in the bottom, which makes them really versatile! You can use them in the middle of your design if you’re mixing beads, too, or you can just glue it on the end. If you do glue it on the end, you have to be careful not to drip any out the bottom, so hold it sideways, and then twist it around the leather.
Now, I broke up the beaded sections and did a small section on one end of the leather, and a longer section on the other end. You can see I capped off the leather so that it looked more finished, and then added a few beads. I finished the beaded bangle off with a glue-on end cap, and to do that, add a tiny dot of glue directly to the end of the wire. Then, glue the ball cap on. It’s fine if you glue the ending bead to the end cap! In fact, it will help strengthen your design if the two are glued together.
You can follow the pattern that I used, or dream up your own! Mixing colors and finishes within the same family – offset with gold – was exactly what I envisioned, and I love it when a project turns out like that. :)
Thanks for joining me today! Hope you have a great weekend. It’s my BIRTHDAY this weekend, so don’t be sad if you don’t see me early next week. It’s always tough to find time to sit down to make and write when you have great friends around to wish you well, and I’m lucky to have that. But I will see you next week with some great things to share!