This design is a fun one to try with leather and large-hole beads. A simple braid adds extra texture and we finished it with an easy Glue-N-Go clasp.
We love the look of leather and gemstones. These fun bracelets create a braided look around gemstone beads for an earthy, elemental vibe you'll love adding to everyday wear. Choose a strand of Dakota Stones gemstone large-hole beads and your favorite round leather cord and you're on your way making fabulous bracelets for every occasion
Cut three lengths of 2mm natural black round leather approximately 12 inches long each. Knot them all together at one end. Start braiding them together using a traditional braiding technique.
Once you have about an inch or more of braided leather, add a Dakota Stones lapis lazuli 8mm large-hole round bead to the center cord. Continue the braid so that two cords wrap around the bead. Then, add another lapis bead to the center cord. Repeat until you have 15 beads in your braid.
Braid normally, as you did in step one, to create an inch or more of braid with no beads. Tie the ends in a knot to hold the braid together until you are ready to add the clasp.
With the beads centered, determine the length and cut the braid at one end. Add the 6.1mm gold-plated pewter plain Glu-N-Go lobster clasp set to the end of the bracelet using adhesive and allow to dry. If the clasps feel a little loose around the leather, you can tuck some extra pieces of leather in the cap to fill any gaps. Repeat for the other end.
Repeat steps one through four to create the other bracelet with 2mm brown leather, Dakota Stones labradorite 8mm large-hole round beads and the 6mm gunmetal-plated pewter ridged Glu-N-Go lobster clasp set. On this bracelet, you will add one plain braided section between each bead to space them out more.
List of Components: Dakota Stones Labradorite 8mm Large-Hole Round Bead Strand (R0723, qty 1) Dakota Stones Lapis Lazuli 8mm Large-Hole Round Bead Strand (R0719, qty 1) 6mm Gunmetal-Plated Pewter Ridged Glu-N-Go Lobster Clasp Set (CLASP-0612, qty 1) 6.1mm Gold-Plated Pewter Plain Glu-N-Go Lobster Clasp Set (CLASP-0616, qty 1) 2mm Natural Black Round Leather by the Foot (BTF-0264, qty 3) 2mm Brown Leather by the Foot (LF-BRN2, qty 3)
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