Violet Twist Bracelet
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Designed by: Holly Eve
Learn how to make a cute leather bracelet with seed beads and rose gold findings. Follow the tutorial below to make yours.
This pattern makes a bracelet measuring approx. 8" (20cm) long. If you need your bracelet to be longer, add a few more jumprings at the end to make your own extension chain. If you need the bracelet to be shorter, reduce the amount of seed beads added (in step 2) from 25 to 20, to reduce the length by 1cm. Reduce it by another 5 seed beads to shorten it again.
Cut a length of thread and pick up approx. 25 randomly chosen seed beads. Thread through one side of your cord end, through a small threading hole. Thread around the back and pass through the small hole on the other side of the cord end. The thread will sit inside the cord end where you will later glue your leather.
Pick up another 25 seed beads.
Thread both cords through the same holes on another cord end. Knot these threads together a few times to secure them in place. Trim down the excess cord. You can leave a little that will be hidden in the cord end when you glue in your leather.
Repeat this with the 2 inner small threading holes on each of the cord ends.
Take your 3rd cord end and thread through the large hole and out of one of the sidemost small threading holes. Pick up 7 seed beads and thread through the hole on the opposite side of the cord end. Knot the two threads together a couple of times.
Thread out of one of the centre small threading holes. Pick up 2 seed beads and thread through the middle seed bead from the 7 you have already added.
Pick up 2 more seed beads and thread through the last hole left on your cord end. Knot your cords together on the underside again to secure further.
Once more, thread out through one of the holes and thread up and through the centre seed bead in your loop of 7. Pick up 1 x size 8 seed bead and thread through the centre seed bead again to position it on top. Thread back down through the seed beads and through the cord end. Knot the tail threads together again. Trim off the excess leaving a little that will be hidden when you glue in your leather.
Cut 5 lengths of leather cord measuring approx. 15cm. We used 3 light purple and 2 dark purple cords.
Glue all 5 together in a random order covering about 1/2cm with glue. Wait for these to dry fully.
When it is dry, trim the glued section down until only 2 or 3mm of the cord is glued. This will be hidden in your cord end.
Try pushing the leather into one of your cord ends. If it doesn't fit, try squashing the cords thinner and pinching them together to make them less wide. Manipulate the leather until it fits into the cord end better. You can also carefully trim the cords to shave a little off of each edge. Once you are happy, add a drop of glue along this and slide the leather into the cord end.
Once they are secured into the cord end, plait the 5 cords together by taking 2 cords, 2 cords and 1 cord. Plait these 3 sections for approx. 5cm.
Trim down the excess leather leaving approx. 1cm after the end of the plait. Add a line of glue along here to secure the leather cords together. Hold them in place until it dries.
When it is dry, trim the glued section down until only 2 or 3mm of the cord is glued. This will be hidden in your cord end with your small loop of seed beads on the end that you made in step 8.
Try pushing the leather into one of your cord ends and manipulate it as you did in step 10.
When you are happy, glue your cords into the cord end.
Repeat steps 9 to 13 to make the other side of your leather bracelet, plaiting together 5 more cords and gluing them into the two cord ends.
Finally, attach a jumpring through your size 8 seed bead on the end and attach a lobster clasp to this.
Attach a jumpring to the other seed bead on the other end of the bracelet.
Twist your bracelet a couple of times to twist the seed bead section in the middle for a more decorative look!
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