Tschinkel's Circles Bracelet Tutorial

Written by
Polly Nobbs-LaRue
Published on
December 10, 2021 1:01:00 AM PST December 10, 2021 1:01:00 AM PSTth, December 10, 2021 1:01:00 AM PST

Created by: Polly Nobbs-LaRue


Designer Tips

  • Lay out a pattern on the blank bracelet. Free-hand, or using a ruler, mark each spot using an awl or an extra-fine point marker.
    (The heishi beads pictured are 18mm apart.)
  • Punch 1/16" holes in the leather, using the cutting end of the Crafted Findings riveting tool.
  • If necessary, use the cutting end of the riveting tool to punch 1/16" holes in the center of the vinyl disk beads.
  • Use a short rivet (probably 3/32" long - but leather thickness and bead thicknesses vary, so the rivet length will vary too).
  • Stack components on the rivet in the following order: smallest bead, larger bead, leather bracelet.
  • Add a final bead (any color) on the backside of the bracelet, so the tiny set rivet does not pull through the leather.
  • Each rivet should be approx. 1mm longer than the components before riveting.
  • Use the setting end of the Crafted Findings tool to set each rivet.
  • The #22-535 vulcanite heishi beads vary from 3 to 10mm. When I made this bracelet, we had #22-535-sm, with mixed 4-7mm yellow, red and black beads. In case those are no longer available, here is our full selection of vulcanite heishi beads. I suggest 2 colors of 4mm beads, and 1 strand of approx. 6mm beads.
  • The bracelet pictured is a 1" bracelet in Olive Green, but many other colors are available!

Free Technique Sheets & How-Tos

Suggested Supplies

  • 1 each #51-810-10-39 Bracelet, Genuine Leather, 1", Cuff
  • 1 pkg of 100 [use 17] #69-920-01-2 Rivet, 1/16", Sample Pack, Short
  • 2 strands [use 42 beads] #22-535-SM Trade Bead, Plastic Heishi, Vulcanite, 4-7mm
    or
  • 1 strand #22-535-63 Trade Beads, Vinyl, Heishi, 4mm - Yellow
  • 1 strand #22-535-61 Trade Beads, Vinyl, Heishi, 4mm - Red
  • 1 strand #22-535-77 Trade Beads, Vinyl, Heishi, 6mm - Old Ivory Color ~or!
    1 strand #22-535-76 Trade Beads, Vinyl, Heishi, 6mm - Blue
    or other colors of your choice!

Tools

  • #65-801 Kemper Mfg. Inc. Awl, Metal
  • #69-900 Tool, 1/16" Rivet Piercing/ Setting

Additional Supplies

  • Ruler
  • Fine Point Permanent Marker