Tutorial – Leather and Seed Bead Bracelet

May 10, 2017 , In: Beadwork, Mixed Media, Tutorials

I love the way that being part of the Art Elements team inspirers each of us to try new things and it seems that Cathy’s March challenge, Amulet bags and more recent Leather Love posts now have me well and truly hooked on leather! So here I am sharing how to make my most recent leather bracelet….

You will need

  • Leather off cuts (I brought a bundle off Ebay and now have so much)
  • Marker
  • Metal ruler and a sharp blade/scissors
  • E hook clasp 
  • Leather stitching punch (I have a 6 prong but they come in many different sizes)
  • Seed beads, size 8
  • Beading thread & needles
  • Focal component

Cut your leather to the desired length and width. My width (1.5 cm) was very much decided by the size of the gap in the E hook clasp but if you use a different type of closure (maybe a button or a popper/press stud) you can have it as thick or as thin as you like. Don’t forget to add about an inch more to the length off the bracelet as you are going to be folding the ends over to make the closure. 

The next step is completely unnecessary, but I am some what of a neat freak so I took a wood burning tool and when it was really hot I ran it around the out side edge of the leather to get rid of all the little wispy leather bits, you have to be carful not to leave it touching the leather too long as it burns (but that could also be used for interesting effects). After this is my favourite part, using the leather stitching punch, I love this tool! I first worked out where my ends needed to be stitched together to form the clasp.

Then I punched holes 1 mm in from the edge, down both sides. To make sure it was all evenly spaced I put the first prong of the leather punching tool into the last hole I punched, I then continued all the way down until I reached the holds for the clasp. Next I picot brick stitched my size 8 seed beads into place. Now I am not a seed beader, not even slightly and I struggle with most aspects of seed beading but using the leather punch made it all look so lovely and neat and I did not have to worry about spacing the beads out evenly.

Once my beading was done I used a thick cord to stitch my clasp into place and stitched a loop in the leather on the other end for the clasp to hook into. I used the same cord to sew my focal into place (This beauty is of course by our very talented Lesley Watt) and because I am always worried about things falling apart I added a few drops of supper glue to each of the knots before trimming them.

I love how there are so many different ways to change this design up and would love to see your own creations if any of you make one of these, so please feel free to share your pics! 


Niky Sayers

Niky Sayers started creating jewellery 6 years ago after stumbling across a jewellery making blog while looking for a hobby. She is a stay at home mum with hermit like tendencies, a mild addiction to coffee and chocolate and a love of all things handmade or antique/rusty. While not raising her tribe she like to keep as busy as possible playing with metal sheet, wire and other treasures and trinkets all at her kitchen table in Surrey, England.
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