Leather cords are a great material to create bracelets with, they are very comfortable to wear, last a long time, and come in many shapes, sizes and colors.
Bracelets from leather cords also very easy to make, and this step by step tutorial will show you how to combine these cords with cup chain, metal charms and Swarovski crystals and create a gorgeous, very decorated and colorful wrap around bracelet.
Gather all the ingredients needed to make one bracelet:
53cm of Decorated braid cord
2 10mm crimp ends for flat cords
29ss bracelet cup chain with 5 settings and loops
1 metal charm
6 29ss Swarovski crystals
6mm jump rings
5cm extension chain with SW charm
2 plier tools
Hole punching tool
E6000 glue for jewelry making
Cut the leather cord to 53cm piece - it will be long enough to be wrapped around 3 times around the wrist. Together with the clasp and extension chain it will make a 60cm long bracelet, which is enough to fit many sizes.
Fold the cord in half and find the center. The 5 settings cup chain needs to be connected right in the center of the cord.
Use this hole punching tool to make two holes in the cord for the 6mm jump ring. Slightly move the decorated braid and make the hole in the middle of the cord as possible.
Insert the jump ring through the holes and close it to hold the loop of the stone settings in place.
Make sure the stone settings are a little bit loose, because they need to bend without pulling the cord.
The wax cord will hold the stone settings in place and create a nice decorated x's pattern. Slide the wax cord trough the first loop and make x's all through the cup chain, when you’re done, slide the cord through the second loop and tie it at the back. Use a lighter to slightly worm the wax till it melts and seals the knot.
Make another hole for the 6mm jump ring that will hold the metal charm next to the cup chain.
Use the prong pusher tool to embed the 29ss turquoise crystals into the stone settings.
Place the 10mm crimp ends for flat cords on the edge of the cord and press it till it holds the cord very tightly. Open 5mm jump rings to connect the clasp and extension chain on either side.
This creative way of connecting cup chains to leather cord using jump rings and colorful wax cords is very popular and as you can see, not that hard to make!
Wishing you happy creating!