So i saw this bracelet on Pinterest that I loved – and thought – hey I bet I can make that….so I gave it a whirl.
Mine is not identical – but it uses the same thought process. I kinda like mine better – I used better beads and its really comfortable to wear.
I will say the suede-like straps I used are not the best choice. I think they’re not sturdy enough. I think I might try this again with a better leather cording and see what happens.
- Beads – I used flat turquoise disks I bought at our local bead store.
- A clasp of some sort, I used a button and loop, you could use something else if you like
- Heavy duty thread and a needle. Your thread and needle depend upon the diameter of the hole in your bead, don’t fight with it. I ended up using regular thread and looping each bead a few times because the holes in my bead were very tiny.
- Start by folding your cording in half, the loop end is going to form the loop for your button. Tie a knot so your button fits firmly through the loop. If you tie it too loose you’ll lose your bracelet, too tight and it wont go on easily.
- Position your bead just below the knot – not too much space, but enough so the cord doesn’t impede the way the bead lays.
- Thread your needle and tie a knot – poke your needle through the leather from the outside, through the bead hole and out the other side. You might have to go AROUND the leather instead of through it – if your needle wont go. Just be aware that you want these wraps around the cord to be neat and clean looking.
- Go around the cord and through the bead a few times, tie a knot on one side and feed the needle and thread through one more time – cut the thread on the other side of the needle – so you have a long tail but it’s tucked inside the bead. This will protect from unraveling
- Position your next bead and keep going until you think it’s long enough
- After you add the last bead, thread on your button and tie it off – try the bracelet on before you snip the extra cording – just to be sure.
Here’s how it looks on – It’s REALLY comfortable – I hardly know it’s there and the beads aren’t very light.