Making wrapped bracelets just got easier because this simple lashing technique takes just minutes to learn. You can combine leather cord with rhinestone chain for a sophisticated style or use ball chain and leather for an industrial look.
Follow these steps:
Here are the supplies and tools you will need to make this DIY jewelry project:
24 inches Greek leather cord
6-1/2 inches glass rhinestone chain
48 inches 5-ply waxed linen cord
1 each button
Fold the length of Greek leather cord in half to form the button loop. Size the loop so it will slip over the button. Use waxed linen cord and a simple overhand knot to secure the button loop.
Align the waxed linen cord tail with the leather cord and tightly wrap approximately 10 lashes (this should measure about 3/8 inch).
Align the rhinestone chain with the leather cord and begin lashing. Use the waxed linen cord to tightly lash around the leather cord and between each rhinestone setting.
Continue lashing the rhinestone chain to the leather cord. Check the length for fit; the rhinestone portion of the bracelet should be one inch shorter than bracelet size. Clip off any unneeded rhinestone and secure by adding 10 additional tightly-wrapped lashes (about 3/8 inch).
Slide the button loop onto the waxed linen cord and one leather strand. Secure the button in place by adding 10 tightly-wrapped lashes (about 3/8 inch). Use a sewing needle to stitch the linen cord tail back through the final lashing and cut off the excess.
Finish the bracelet with a single overhand knot and clip off any excess leather. Slip the loop over the button and the bracelet is complete.
This pattern is easily adaptable; create single, double, or triple-wrapped bracelets using either rhinestone chain or ball chain. You can vary the color of the leather, rhinestones, and waxed linen cord or follow our Design Gallery instructions to make the featured bracelet “Wrapped in Rhinestone”. You may even want to make several; after all this handmade jewelry project is fast, easy, and fun!