When I was gathering the supplies to make these Chan Luu-style leather bracelets, Dawn Sklare from Chelsea’s Beads offered me a few pointers. She told me large-hole beads are a must, and to use an extra strand of beads and two cards of silk cord for a triple-wrap bracelet. By tying the ends of the silk cord together and anchoring the knot under the first bead, you can make an extra-long bracelet that can also serve as a necklace.
Read through the project instructions below, or click here to download the free project PDF.
- 15–30 mm button with shank
- 1–2 16-in. (41 cm) strands 4–6 mm large-hole beads
- 1–2 cards silk beading cord with attached needle, size 2
- 24–52 in. (.61–1.3 m) 2–4 mm round leather cord
- twisted-wire beading needle
- diagonal wire cutters
- G-S Hypo Cement
Pendant, brass spacers, and copper spacers from Hands of the Hills, 206.232.4588, hohbead.com.
Purple glass rondelles from Rings & Things, 800.366.2156, rings-things.com.
Green ceramic rectangle beads from Clay River Designs, 303.849.5234, clayriverdesigns.com.
Large-hole pearls from Chelsea’s Beads, 847.433.3451, chelseasbeads.com.
Mermaid button from Green Girl Studios, 828.298.2263, greengirlstudios.com.
Leather cord from Leather Cord USA, 877.700.2673, leathercordusa.com.
Tumbled glass toggle button from Glass Garden Beads, 507.645.0301, glassgardenbeads.com.