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Metal and leather bracelet

Sew metal tube beads between two leather cords for a quick and easy bracelet

Metal and leather bracelet

Combine two classic materials in a trendy woven bracelet. Add a customized button clasp for extra flair. 

 

Materials

Bracelet 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm)

  • 48 8 x 3 mm metal tube beads* (16 each in gold, silver, and copper)
  • 1 13.5 mm button shank blank* (silver)
  • image transfer collage sheet* (Nature)
  • epoxy clay (Crystal Clay, white)
  • 24 in. (61 cm) 1.5 mm leather cord* (brown)
  • nylon beading thread, size D (brown)
  • beading needle, #10
  • paper towel
  • 1 or 2 binder clips
  • clipboard or rigid beading board
  • G-S Hypo Cement

* For a list of retailers that carry Nunn Design products, visit www.nunndesign.com.

 

Instructions

Metal and leather bracelet Photo a
Photo A

Button

1. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, pinch off a pea-sized amount of both part A and part B epoxy clay, and mix until blended.

 

2. Press the clay into the button blank so the clay is flush with the top of the blank.

 

3. Cut the desired image from the image transfer sheet, making sure the image will fit within the edges of the button. If you want the image to be oriented a certain way when it is on the bracelet, make sure to figure that out now. Place the image face down on the epoxy clay, and burnish it onto the clay with your fingernail. Leave the image on the clay for about five minutes.

 

4. Apply a wet paper towel to the paper backing on the image. Dab the paper backing until it is thoroughly damp, and then gently slide the backing off of the clay (Photo A). The image should remain on the clay. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, allow the clay to dry completely.

Bracelet

Metal and leather bracelet Photo b
photo b
Metal and leather bracelet Photo c
Photo C

1. Fold the leather cord in half, and tie an overhand knot about 1/2 in. (1.3 cm) away from the fold (Photo B). Make sure the button can fit through the knot before pulling it tight.

 

2. Attach a binder clip to each end of your beading board. If you are using a clipboard instead, attach one binder clip to the edge opposite the existing one. Insert the knotted end of the leather into one clip and the loose ends into the other, pulling the leather taut.

 

3. Center a needle on 3 yd. (2.7 m) of thread. Working with doubled thread, tie the end of the thread to the left-hand leather strand with a square knot, positioning it 1/4 in. (6 mm) from the knot in the leather.

 

4. Pick up an 8 x 3 mm tube bead (any color), and position the bead between the two strands of leather. Pass your needle around the right-hand strand, back through the bead (Photo C), and then around the left-hand strand.

Metal and leather bracelet Photo d
Photo D
Metal and leather bracelet Photo e
Photo E

5. Repeat step 4 (Photo D), picking up the three bead colors in a repeating pattern, until you have added all the beads or you have reached the desired length. Each set of three beads adds about 3/8 in. (1 cm) to the length of the bracelet.

 

6. Cut the needle off the thread, and tie the thread to one of the leather strands with a couple of square knots.

 

7. String the button onto one of the leather strands, and tie the leather strands with an overhand knot so that the button is snug against the last bead (Photo E).

 

8. Apply a dab of glue to the knots in the thread and the leather, and allow the glue to dry. Trim the thread and leather close to the knots.

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