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Mixed materials bracelet

Gemstones, pearls, and leather combine for earthy-chic style

The beauty of Hawaii’s sea, skies, and music evokes a unique charm. I love to travel and am fluent in five languages, so mixing different elements comes naturally to me. Rock the leather bracelet trend by combining gemstones and varied metal finishes: bronze or rose gold leather, shimmering pearls, gold spacers, and silvery pyrite briolettes. This design lends itself to plenty of interpretation, so make your own cultural statement!

Bracelet 8 1⁄2–9 in. (21.6–23 cm)

  • 4 12–20 mm faceted nuggets
  • 3 10–13 mm briolettes
  • 3 7–8 mm briolettes 
  • 5 8–10 mm large-hole pearls
  • 8 4 mm flat spacers
  • 13–15 in. (33–38 cm) leather cord, 1.5–2 mm diameter
  • 21 in. (53 cm) 22-gauge wire
  • 8 in. (20 cm) 26-gauge wire
  • 2 end caps with 6mm opening
  • 8 mm jump ring
  • 4 5 mm jump rings
  • lobster claw clasp
  • 2 pairs of chainnose pliersroundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • Zap Jewelry Gel

Earrings

  • 2 8–10 mm large-hole pearls
  • 7 in. (18 cm) leather cord, 2 mm diameter
  • 6 in. (15 cm) 26-gauge wire
  • 2 8 mm jump rings
  • 2 5 mm jump rings
  • pair of earring wires
  • 2 pairs of chainnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Supplies from AVP Jewelry and Beads, avpjewelry.com. Check your local bead store for supplies. 

 
INSTRUCTIONS
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Step 1
To make a connector: Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of 22-gauge wire. On one end, make a wrapped loop. String a spacer, a nugget, and a spacer, and make a wrapped loop. Make two nugget connectors.
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Step 2
To make a nugget unit: Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of 22-gauge wire. On one end, make a wrapped loop. String a spacer, a nugget, and a spacer, and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make a second unit with the first half of a large wrapped loop on the other end.
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Step 3
To make a briolette unit: Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of 22-gauge wire. String a 10–13 mm briolette. Make a set of wraps above the bead
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Step 4
Make a wrapped loop perpendicular to the briolette. Make three 10–13 mm briolette units. Using 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4 cm) pieces of 26-gauge wire, make three 7–8 mm briolette units.
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Step 5
Open a 5 mm jump ring. Attach the wrapped loop of a nugget unit, two briolette units, and the loop of a connector. Close the jump ring. Use 5 mm jump rings to attach two more pairs of briolettes and two more nuggets. Leave the end loops of the nugget units unwrapped.
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Step 6
Cut five 2 1⁄2–3-in. (6.4–7.6 cm) pieces of leather cord. Apply glue to the bottom third of an end cap (see “Get gluing,” below). Insert the cords into the end cap and allow to dry. On each cord, string a pearl. Attach an end cap and allow to dry.
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Step 7
Attach the large unwrapped loop and the loop of an end cap. Complete the wraps.
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Step 8
Attach an 8 mm jump ring to the end cap.
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Step 9
On the remaining unwrapped loop, attach a lobster claw clasp. Complete the wraps.
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Earrings
For each earring: Cut a 3 1⁄2-in. (8.9 cm) piece of leather. String a pearl. Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of wire. On one end, make a small hook. Bring the cord ends together, then wrap the wire around them. Trim and tuck the excess wire. Open an 8 mm jump ring. Attach the leather dangle and a 5 mm jump ring. Close the jump ring. Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the 5 mm jump ring and close the loop.
Tip!
Get gluing: Zap Jewelry Gel is no-drip and adheres within seconds to create a strong bond. Because it has a precision tip, there’s no need to overfill the end caps.
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