UPDATE: To see the new multi-row beaded leather bracelet video tutorial, click here.
This is my VERY first video tutorial so please bear with me. I know the original link to the Chan Luu inspired leather wrap bracelet tutorial has been removed and many of you have contacted me for information on how to make your own. Click here to see my bracelet #1 and here for bracelet #2.
I have to say that this is just my interpretation of how the original tutorial was and I have modified a few things so feel free to play around with what feels comfortable for you!
What I used:
- 2 yards of 2 mm leather cord
- 4 mm faceted beads
- Size D Nymo thread
- Beading needle (personally I use a floss threader because I like that it's flexible without getting warped in the beading process - also any size thread will fit easily in the loop)
- Beading glue (I use super glue because the bead glue I have turns white and crusty when dry)
- Button with 2+ holes (needs to fit 2 mm cord, look for spare buttons around the house)
Steps (see written steps and video):
- Measure your wrist and determine how many times you want the bracelet to wrap around your wrist. Add 2-3 inches to this for how long your leather cord should be. I used 2 yards and wrapped it around my wrist 4 times.
- Fold your leather cord in half. At the loop end, tie a knot about 3-4 inches away from the end.
- Optional: I like working from a stable surface so I flatten a cardboard box and use binder clips to secure each end of the bracelet while I bead.
- Thread your needle. Don't worry about getting the right length - just choose what's comfortable because you can easily add more thread and secure it with a knot + glue.
- Knot your thread to your cord. Form figure-8s with your thread onto the cord. This will help secure it to your bracelet. I typically do about 3-4.
- Now thread your first bead and do another figure-8.
- Repeat step 5 for each bead - this is the time-consuming part.
- Every 10 beads or so, place a dab of glue on the bottom cord where the cord meets the bead and thread. You might want to test out your glue earlier in the day to make sure it dries clear.
- Once you get about 3-4 inches away from the end, thread your button with your cord and knot the cord under the button.
- Voila - you're finished!
Questions? Please feel free to comment or email me and I'll get back to you!