Joining the Wrap Bracelet Craze

If you're like me, you've seen them everywhere–on the arms of celebrities, gracing the pages of Etsy and clothing catalogs–and it looks as though wrap bracelets continue to be one of the hottest trends in jewelry.

Last summer, I had the privilege of designing a leather wrap bracelet for our bracelet-themed eMag, Everyday Bracelets. My office mates have wanted to learn the ropes, so to speak, ever since, so we recently sat down for a little workshop over the lunch hour.

Everyone came to the table with a different concept of what they wanted their bracelet to look like, and it was fun seeing the combinations of beads, leather, and buttons. Working in a group setting like that always makes me think "why didn't I think of that?" Once everyone established their pattern and got into a rhythm, it was easy to make a lot of progress in a short amount of time. We took our partially-finished bracelets home to work on, then met up a few days later to learn how to finish off the ends.

In the end, we all realized that it's easy to make your own for far less than those shown in the catalogs, using only a handful of materials. And I love the fact that they're totally customizable. You can create one that wraps around your arm as many times as you like, and the variety of color combinations and bead types are as endless as your imagination (and budget!).

We'd love to see your version! Did you know that you can share photos of your own handmade jewelry with others in the Beading Daily community? Just visit the home page and click on the Reader Photo Gallery to upload. If you're itching to make a wrap bracelet of your own, grab a copy of  our interactive eMag, Everyday Bracelets, for the PC, Mac, or iPad, which features easy-to-follow step-by-step photos and instructions for the wrap bracelet, plus more than a dozen other fun and funky bracelet designs!

Happy creating!

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About Debbie Blair

Debbie Blair is the senior editor of Jewelry Stringing magazine and related special issues. With a background in fine arts, she loves dabbling in polymer clay, paint, and resin to add a personal touch to her jewelry designs. She’s a foodie at heart and thinks summertime in Colorado is the next best thing to Heaven.