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Sand Dollar Leather Bracelet Tutorial
This stylishly simple bracelet looks great worn alone, or with other bangles or leather bracelets.
Created by: Sondra Barrington
Cut leather flush after measuring. Use a dab of glue inside one cord end. Insert leather into the cord end and gently pinch the cord ends together until secure.
Slide guru bead onto leather.
Finish other end of leather cord.
Use a small jump ring to attach cord end to lobster clasp, and add a large jump ring at the other end of the bracelet (for the clasp to hook into). For best way to open and close loops, see Jump Ring Hint in Jewelry Basics 101 (PDF).
Designer Tips, Continued
Using nylon-jaw pliers, gently push prongs over stone all around the stone. To keep the stone centered, don't set tightly at first: do a little from the "north" and "south" then a little from the "east" and "west", then repeat.
Finish by going all the way around for the final tightening. You can also use a burnishing tool for the final setting/smoothing if needed.
Make a wire-wrapped loop (or simple loop) using the pearl bead. As a decorative element, a small heishi bead was placed on the ball-end head pin along with the pearl -- this isn't necessary but gives your jewelry a little extra touch of love. See Jewelry Basics 101 for step-by-step looping instructions.
Use jump rings to attach dangles to guru bead.
You can select an alternate color for the Cushion Stone; we have a huge selection!
1 each (use 6-7") #61-132-20-02 Greek Leather Cord, 2mm, 20 Meter - Black