When the first signs of fall arrive, it’s a great time to think about making leather bracelets. They are perfectly in style for the cooling weather and are simple to make with the right materials and a few hints.
Suede especially reminds me of fall. In the past, if you wanted to use suede in jewelry making, your options were limited to different thicknesses of flat suede lace. Not any more!
I have always ordered my leather cord from Leather Cord USA because their product is consistently high quality and they offer the widest selection of product, sizes and fashionable colors. They recently sent me some of their brand new stitched round leather cord and some neat leather clasp findings to play around with. The perfectly round shape of the new leather works so well for bracelet making and the stitching adds a unique and pretty detail. The stitched cord is available in both suede and smooth leather, in 2.5 & 5mm diameters.
The round stitched cord makes a big impact doubled up and glued in different types of clasps made for leather cording, which you can also find on their site. You can create a simple, cleanly styled bracelet, combine different colors of leather together or add different beads and embellishments for more a custom, artisan look. Any way you choose, these bracelets are so comfortable to wear and are perfect for stacking and layering together.
In the bracelet above, I arranged large, patterned 14k gold plated jump rings around groupings of the cords and a chunky faceted citrine to play on the rich golden theme. I added two different colors of waxed Irish linen at the base of the loop for a dash of fall color and to hold the citrine in place. I love the look of the hook and loop clasp! There are so many ways to dress up this leather cording.
A Few Tips:
1) Measure your cord to your desired length and then test around your wrist before cutting. Be sure to take into account the length of your clasp and how much leather will fit inside the glue-in part of the clasp.
2) When gluing more than one piece of leather into a clasp finding at a time, carefully lay it out on a table and arrange the leather cord the way you want it to lay around your wrist and fit in the clasp before you try to start gluing. Otherwise, your leather cord will end up a sticky, jumbled mess!
3) Make sure your clasp is glued on facing the correct way. When I was making my bracelet, I almost glued the bar end of the clasp facing inward so the leather loop would have not had a place to catch. That would have been a mess to try to fix once the glue was already in the clasp!
4) Place the glue in the clasp first and be a little conservative with it. You don’t want to be cleaning off oozing glue from the suede or from your clasp. I used Scotch Maximum Strength Adhesive glue but you could also use a GS Hypo Cement – it would just take longer to get the right amount due to the tiny precision applicator.
5) Allow your bracelet to dry for at least an hour before wearing it.
That’s it -simply stylish! The stitched round leather cord would be great for earrings and necklaces too.