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Turquoise Life Bracelet Tutorial
Created by: Polly Nobbs-LaRue
Make sure your hands are clean and dry before beginning. Braiding leather with dirty or wet hands affects the color.
The deer hide lace may stretch a bit, so an adjustable-length clasp like this 4-ring toggle is ideal.
Cut three 5.5" strips of the deer hide lace. Get one crimp end ready, and carefully align the cord ends, making sure the same side is up for all 3 (suede side or leather side).
Place a tiny dab of glue across the very tips of the cord and slide them into the crimp end. Use nylon jaw pliers to firmly squeeze the crimp. NOTE: Excess glue will affect the color and can make the ends of the leather brittle.
Braid the deer hide, keeping consistent pressure and the same side up for the entire length. When done, place a tiny piece of tape around the unfinished end. Slide the barrel beads onto the braid, and gently tug and slide as necessary to make the bracelet sections even and straight.
Remove (or trim off) the tape, straighten the ends and add a tiny dab of glue, then slide into the crimp end. Once again, try to get each piece of cord aligned to a prong. Crimp end firmly with nylon jaw pliers.
Carefully straighten the center barrel and firmly crimp using wide flat-nose pliers.
Line up the other 2 barrels at desired locations, and repeat.