Step 2: Cut the leather strip to length. Size the leather so it fits comfortably on the wrist, ends butted together; mark the leather at the cut length. Use a ruler and hobby knife to make a straight cut at the mark.
Step 3: Measure and mark the position of the holes to be punched (it is easiest to do this before you curve the word band). Mark two “stitching” holes on either side of the two word-band loops. Also mark a “lacing” hole set 1/4th inch from each leather end.
Step 4: Use a rotary leather hole punch to cut holes in the leather strip at the marked positions. Use the smallest punch (2mm) to punch the stitching holes for the bracelet blank; use the largest punch (4.5mm) to punch the lacing holes for the drawstring closure.
Step 5: Align the bracelet blank with the punched stitching holes and stitch each side in place. The waxed linen cording is stiff enough to go through the 2mm holes without a needle. After making two or three stitches, pull the cord tight and secure with a knot on the backside of the bracelet.
Step 6: To create the drawstring closure, lace the suede cord through one hole and then back out, so the cord tails are on the outside of the cuff. String both cord ends through the large hole bead. Combine both cord ends and make an overhand knot approximately 2″ from the cuff. Slide the bead to tighten or loosen the cuff.
“Live in the Moment” leather-cuff bracelet with drawstring clasp is ready to wear.
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Leather Bracelet Style Two – A Double-Wrap Bracelet with Hitch Clasp:
Step 2: Cut the leather strip to length. Size the leather so it fits comfortably wrapped twice around the wrist; add one inch for the closure overlap. Mark the leather at the cut length. Use a ruler and hobby knife to make a straight cut at the mark.
Step 3: Measure and mark the position of the holes to be punched (it is easiest to do this before you curve the word band). Place the leather on your wrist and determine approximate placement for the metal blank. Mark two “stitching” holes on either side of the two word-band loops. Also mark a “hitch” hole set 1/4th inch from the first leather end and 1/2 inch from the second end.
Step 4: Use a rotary leather hole punch to create holes in the leather strip at the marked positions. Use the smallest punch (2mm) to punch the stitching holes for the bracelet blank; use the largest punch (4.5mm) to punch the fastener holes for the hitch closure.
Step 5: Align the bracelet blank with the punched stitching holes and use waxed linen cord to attach the word band blank to the bracelet. Stitch the blank in place and knot the cord on the back side. For ease, a large sewing needle can be used.
Step 6 a: On one end hole insert the screw side of the hitch fastener.
Step 6 b: Attach and screw the hitch in place. From the backside, use a flat-head screw driver to tighten the hitch.
Step 7 a: On the other end hole, use the hobby knife to cut 1/8″ slits on opposite sides of the hole, running parallel to the strip length. This will allow the hitch to slip into the hole, but stay securely in place.
Step 7 b: Insert the hitch through the hole to close the fastener.
“The Journey Leather Wrap Bracelet” is ready to wear!
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Bracelets can be worn together for a layered look.
Create wrapped bracelets with this simple lashing technique.
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:
Step 1: Gather the tools and supplies to make a lashed rhinestone and leather bracelet.
Here are the supplies and tools you will need to make this DIY jewelry project:
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.
Step 3: 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).
Step 4: Begin lashing the rhinestone chain to the leather cord.
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.
Step 5: Finish lashing the rhinestone chain to the leather cord.
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).
Step 6: Add and secure the button.
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.
Step 7: Finish the bracelet with an overhand knot.
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.
You can combine leather cord with rhinestone chain for a sophisticated style or use ball chain and leather for an industrial look.
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!
The Man Cuff. The perfect Christmas gift for that hard to shop for guy in your life!
As a jewelry maker, one of the most difficult things for me to do is make men’s jewelry. I think it is just my instinct to make things that are pretty and feminine. My husband has been begging me to make him a “cool” bracelet for years. I always kind of shrug off his request, but keep the idea simmering on the way back burner. Recently I began etching metal, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally make something masculine. Etching metal gives you the freedom to incorporate any design into your work, even manly ones.
For this bracelet, I am going to briefly show how to etch metal using ferric chloride acid. If you plan on etching metal, I highly recommend that you read through our metal etching blog and all the safety guidelines associated with etching metal. This process does involve highly corrosive acid, so it is important that you know how to protect yourself. You can also do this project by using metal stamps to create phrases or designs, if you are not ready to dive head first into etching.
To start this project, first etch the metal piece that will be the center of the bracelet. The way that the etching process works, acid eats away at the metal where there is no ink. Therefore, you can stamp any image onto your brass or copper sheet metal, and any exposed metal will be etched. I have done a wood grain pattern for this bracelet, but any masculine image would work. It seems like images of fish, guns, tools, bicycles, or anything sports-related would work well, depending on the hobbies of the recipient.
Use permanent ink to put your desired image on the metal. Make sure your metal is clean and free of any oils or dirt before stamping. I like to use a kitchen scrubbie to make sure it’s really clean first.
I made six pieces at once, by stamping first with the rubber stamp, then outlining the areas with a permanent black marker. If you want to make just one piece I would aim for dimensions around 1 by 2 inches. Also, make sure to also cover the back of the metal with permanent ink.
Place the metal on packing tape and float it in a bath of ferric chloride acid, just enough so all the metal is touching. Remember to use gloves, safety glasses and read through the safety guidelines first! For a detailed explanation of how to use this product please read our blog on etching and on safety considerations when etching.
After 30 minutes in the solution, your design will be etched nicely into the metal. Use baking soda, a scrubbie and warm water to clean your metal in a plastic container. Make sure to wear gloves. You can keep the remaining acid to etch more metal later, the acid will etch 3 or 4 times. When it has lost all etching power, it must be brought to a waste disposal facility. Do not throw it away with the garbage or down the drain!
Cut your piece using metal shears (if you only made one piece, you could have done this step before etching) and file the edges smooth. The image won’t show up very well yet, but after it is darkened with patina it will be really easy to see.
Blacken the metal by dabbing on a little Novacan Black patina solution. I usually just use a cotton ball or paper towel to apply it. Rinse the piece in water, and then use a fine sanding sponge or steel wool to remove the patina on the raised parts of the metal.
Use a metal hole punch to make four holes on the corners of the etched piece of metal.
Bend the metal using bracelet bending pliers. If you don’t have these pliers, you can get a curve by bending the metal over a can of soup. It doesn’t work quite as well, but it will get the job done.
Place your piece of metal over the leather bracelet cuff. Use a small pen or marker to mark where the holes are onto the leather.
I secured the metal by going around 7 times and then tying the two threads together tight on the back of the bracelet. Cut the thread short and for extra security add a dab of glue onto the knot.
Completed Bracelet! These leather blanks are great because they have two size adjustments and come in a variety of colors.
The Man Cuff
Well I hope I have inspired you to make something masculine! But of course you can still make these girly if you want with flowers and unicorns. That is the beauty of etching! Feel free to ask me any questions you might have about what I have done here.
Cut two slits in the bracelet blank, so that there are three strips or “strands.” (My strands are woefully uneven…I thought holding a ruler down next to the blade would help me cut a straight line, but the opposite occurred. I had much better luck just free handing.)
Braid the three strands together. The bottom will get all twisted and tangly. Just ignore that until you’ve braided halfway.
Then, holding your braid securely, untangle the bottom section by feeding the bottom bracelet end up through the tangle: “reverse braiding” if you will. It only takes 2 or three “reverse” maneuvers to make the bracelet straighten out.
Then…just continue braiding. Untwist the bottom as needed and like magic the whole piece is one continuous braid!
Ta da! The "magic" braid.
As it gets worn, the leather braid will flatten out and get smoother, but I’m pretty happy with it as it is! ~ Cindy