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Tree of Life Leather Bracelet Tutorial
Created by: Sondra Barrington
This design uses a pearl bead (one of June's birthstones). Use a pearl bead from your bead stash to create this design as-is, or substitute other charms, beads, or birthstones in place of the pearl bead and swirling side charms.
Make a wire-wrapped head pin with the pearl bead (with a loop large enough to slide freely along the leather). See step-by-step instructions in Jewelry Basics 101 (PDF). You may need to use a heishi bead or seed bead to hold the pearl onto the head pin.
Add jump rings to charms (see Jewelry Basics 101 for best way to open and close jump rings), and slide all charms onto the leather.
Add more or fewer charms as you wish!
Designer Tips, Continued
Cut leather flush after measuring. Bracelets sometimes take a lot of abuse, so use a dab of glue inside the cord end. Insert leather into the cord end and gently pinch the cord ends together until secure.