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Leather cup and chain bracelet

Light up a plain leather bracelet with a rhinestone cup ring
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Basic wire wrapping is just the thing to add sparkle and style to a simple leather cord. Use this technique as an intro to working with cup chain. Experiment with different colors of leather cord and Artistic Wire to change the look of your bracelet. 

Tip!

If the ends of your cord are not flush, use a razor blade to carefully trim them.

Materials

Bracelet 7 in. (18 cm)

 

Instructions

Leather cup and chain bracelet Figure a
Photo A
Leather cup and chain bracelet Figure b
Photo B

1. Using a fine-tip marker, make a mark 1 in. (2.5 cm) from each end of the 5 mm leather cord (Photo A).

 

2. Cut 1 1/2 yd. (1.4 m) of 28-gauge Artistic Wire. Beginning at the mark on one end, center the wire on top of the cord, and make six or seven wraps to secure, working toward the opposite end of the cord. Keep the wraps as close and even as possible. Both ends of the wire should end on the under side of the cord (Photo B).

 

3. Cut 6 in. (15 cm) of cup chain, and place it on the top of the leather cord so that the end cup is next to the last wrap on the top of the cord.

 

4. Bring both ends of the wire up, and cross them between the first and second cups in the chain, keeping a firm tension. Make another wrap between the first and second cups (Photo C).

Leather cup and chain bracelet Figure c
Photo C
Leather cup and chain bracelet Figure d
Photo D

5. Make another wrap, and cross the wires between the next two cups in the chain (Photo D). Repeat this step to attach the remaining cup chain to the cord, keeping the cups evenly spaced and using a firm tension. You should end about 1/4 in. (6 mm) from the mark on the other end of the cord.

 

6. If necessary, trim any extra cups from the chain. Make an additional wrap or two between the last two cups in the chain, and then work as in step 2 to make the final wraps on the other end of the cord. Tuck the ends into the final wraps, and trim on the under side of the bracelet.

 

7. Using a toothpick, apply a thin layer of E6000 or other adhesive to the bottom of the first and last cups in the chain, press each cup down on the cord, and allow to dry completely.

 

8. Apply a thin layer of adhesive to one end of the cord, and slide it into one half of the clasp. Allow the glue to dry completely. Repeat this step for the other end of the cord.

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