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Metallic cuff leather bracelet

Make a fashion statement with metals and leather by constructing this trendy, contemporary bracelet

SUPPLIES 

Copper bracelet 7 in. (18 cm)

  • 21 5 x 7.5 mm metal faceted rondelle beads (Nunn Design, 7 antique copper, 7 antique silver, 7 antique gold)*
  • 2 g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 331, topaz gold luster)
  • channel cuff bracelet (Nunn Design, 7 in. antique copper)*
  • 1⁄2 x 6 in. (1.3 cm x 15 cm) thin leather (brown glove tanned, fish leather, or Ultrasuede)
  • nylon beading thread or Fireline 6 lb. test 
  • beading needles, #10
  • clips
  • E6000 adhesive
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • scissors
Silver bracelet colors
  • 19 5.5 x 8 mm crystal rondelle beads (Swarovski, 7 crystal silver night, 6 jet, 6 crystal silver shade)
  • 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 551, gilt-lined white opal)
  • channel cuff bracelet (Nunn Design, antique silver)*
  • 1⁄2 x 6 in. (1.3 cm x 15 cm) thin leather (black glove tanned, fish leather, or Ultrasuede)

* To find a retail source for Nunn Design products, visit www.nunndesign.com.

Basics

INSTRUCTIONS

Foundation

Metallic cuff bracelet a
Photo a
Metallic cuff bracelet b
Photo b

1. Using the template as a guide, cut a strip of leather 1⁄2 x 53⁄4 in. (1.3 cm x 14.6 cm) with rounded corners. 

2. Using a pencil and a ruler, draw a centerline down the length of the leather.

3. Tie an overhand knot at the end of 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread. Sew up through the leather 1⁄4 in. (6 mm) from one end on the centerline. Working in stop stitch, pick up a rondelle bead and a 15/0 seed bead, and sew back through the rondelle and the leather (photo a). Tie a half-hitch knot, retrace the thread path to reinforce the connection, and tie another half-hitch knot. Sew up through the leather 1⁄4 in. (6 mm) from where your thread exited on the centerline. 

4. Work as in step 3, alternating the rondelle colors and positioning the beads to sit next to each other. Continue adding beads until you reach the other end. End the working thread and tail.

Edging and assembly

1. Tie an overhand knot at the end of 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, and trim the tail. To edge the leather in brick stitch, sew up through the leather about 1 mm from the edge, pick up two 15/0 seed beads, sew up through the leather about one bead’s width from where the thread just exited, and continue up through the second bead just added (photo b).

Metallic cuff bracelet c
Photo c
Metallic cuff bracelet d
Photo d

2. Pick up a 15/0, sew up through the leather one bead’s width from where the thread just exited, and continue through the new bead (photo c). Repeat this stitch around the perimeter of the foundation. After adding the last bead, sew down through the first bead in the edging, through the leather, and up through the first bead again. End the working thread in the edging beads.

3. Apply adhesive to the back of the leather, and position it inside the channel of the cuff bracelet. Allow it to dry for 24 hours using clips (photo d).

Tip!
Before starting, ensure that a #10 beading needle will penetrate whichever leather you use. Glove tanned leather is thin, soft, and flexible but sometimes difficult to purchase in small quantities. Other options include fish leather or Ultrasuede. 
 
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