Today I’m sharing how to make this fun knotted leather and bronze leafy bracelet. The colors and the leaves and acorn make this DIY bracelet perfect for all, but you could easily make it work year round. It’s a pretty simple bracelet to make, but if you want to create the loop clasp you will need just a couple simple jewelry making tools and findings.
What you need:
1. Bronze leaf beads (mine were from Joann’s)
2. Thin leather cord (test the cord to make sure it fits through your beads)
3. Large Crimp Tubes
4. A large round bead like this bronze acorn (also from Joann’s)
5. Flat nosed pliers
Step 1: Start with your leather cord and a handful of leafy beads. Because you’re going to be tying knots, you will need a lot more cord than you would expect.
Step 2: Leave a couple inches of room at the end, and then start by tying a knot and adding a bead. Keep alternating between knots and beads.
Step 3: If your beads have lines, make sure they all face in the same direction. Also be sure to leave a little space between the knots so that the beads can slightly move back and forth. If the knots are too close together, the bracelet will start to take a weird shape and it won’t curve properly.
Step 4: When you are ready to add the clasp, start by putting your crimp tube on the end of the cord, followed by the acorn. You could also use a similar round bead.
Step 5: Now wrap the end of the leather cord back through the crimp tube and pull it tightly until the acorn is pretty close to the last knot.
Step 6: Use your jewelry pliers to squish the crimp tube around both leather cords. This should be a very secure hold, but I also like to add a tiny dab of super glue right next to the crimp tube for a little extra security. Trim the extra leather cord.
Step 7: To make the loop on the other end, add your crimp tube, then loop the cord back into the tube again. Before you squish it, use the acorn to test how large the loop should be. A bigger loop will be easier to put on and take off, but a tighter loop will be more secure. Add a dab of super glue, trim the extra cord, and enjoy!
Mary Beth says
This is so pretty ~ I think I'll try my hand at making one.