If you like the look of a braided leather bracelet but you don't want to pay the price that goes with it, consider making one yourself. All you need are some leather strips, some wire, two cones and a clasp. Then follow this guide on making a braided leather bracelet.
Gather your supplies. When making a braided leather bracelet, you'll need:
- Thin strips of leather (up to ¾" wide)
- Two 3" pieces of wire (18 or 20 gauge is preferable)
- Two cone end attachments (big enough to cover the knots at each end of the bracelet)
- 2 jump rings
- Wire cutters
Cut your wire and leather to size. To begin making your braided leather bracelet, start by cutting three pieces of leather about 12" - 14" long each. Hold the strips together and about an inch from the end, tie a single knot. Then put a piece of wire through the knot and pull the leather strips so that they tighten around the wire. Add a tiny bit of glue to the knot (not too much or it will turn your leather a different color). Wrap the wire tightly around the knot once to make a circle and give it a twist to tighten it. Then thread the wire through the cone and work the cone over the top of the knot. Once the cone is on the knot, twist the wire and make a loop at the very end of the bracelet.
Start to braid. With your three pieces of leather tightly secured, you can now start braiding your leather bracelet. Attach the loop of your leather bracelet to something sturdy, such as a board or your kitchen table. Then braid the leather strips quickly and tightly. (To braid, cross the left strip over the middle, then the right strip over the middle. Repeat many times!) When you have braided your bracelet so that it is the length you want it, tie a loose knot in the end of it.
Finish the end of your braided leather bracelet. When braiding is complete you need to secure your braid and the end knot with some wire. Run a piece of wire through the knot just as you did when you started the bracelet. Add a bit of glue, wrap the wire around it in a tight circle and then twist all the wires together and thread them through the cone. Trim the ends of the leather, and use the remaining length of wire to create another end loop.
Add the clasp. In order to attach the two ends of your braided leather bracelet to make it wearable, you need to add the clasp. This is easily done by attaching each end of the clasp to the wire loops you made at either end of your bracelet. You may need to use jump rings to attach the clasp, depending on what type you purchased.
Your braided leather bracelet is now complete and can be adorned with beads and bangles, making it even more unique.