Free Beading Project: Leather Bubble Bead Cuff Bracelet

Aug 29, 2012

I was so in love with this neon green Regaliz Greek leather from Antelope Beads that I wanted to make a cheerful yet modern beaded cuff bracelet with it. I adapted a technique I learned from both Sig Wynne-Evans and Gail Crossman Moore to create the little drop bead bubbles. Enjoy!

Materials:

  • 8" lime green Regaliz leather, 10mm x 6mm (for larger bracelets, you may need more)
  • Clasp of your choice (Regaliz magnetic hidden safety clasp recommended)
  • Leather glue
  • 8-12 silver headpins, 2" long, 22 gauge
  • 5-10 grams 3.4mm fringe bead, orange lined lime green (Fox Den Beads)
  • Beading thread (6lb Fireline recommended)

Tools:

  • Dremel or other hand-held drill with micro bit
  • Heavy duty X-acto blade
  • Round nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Beading needle, size 12
  • Scissors or thread cutter

Step-by-step Instructions:

Attach one side of the clasp to the leather using the leather glue. Measure the leather and the remaining clasp end, and trim the leather to the proper size for your wrist. Attach the second half of the clasp.

Using the hand held drill, make holes all the way through the leather, spaced approximately 3/4" apart.

Insert one headpin through the leather from the back to the front. (The flat side of the headpin should be on the inside of the bracelet.)

Using your round nose pliers, make a double loop by wrapping the wire around the pliers twice. Trim with the wire cutters.
Repeat until you have double loops in each of the holes you drilled.

To begin your bubbles, cut a wingspan (about 5 feet) of beading thread. Thread your needle, double the thread by folding it in half at the center, and tie a knot at the end.

Pick up 2 fringe beads. Pass the needle through the first loop, then through both beads again. Pull snugly and tie another knot to hold them in place.

To make the bubble, pick up two more fringe beads and pass through the open loop again. Then pick up one bead at a time, passing through the loop. As you add beads, you'll see a bubble forming! Add beads as you like to fill out places in your bubble.

When you like the look of your bubble, end by making a couple of half-hitch knots, weave your thread into the bubble, and trim close to the bubble.
Repeat until you have added bubbles to each of the double loops on your bracelet. Enjoy!

If you make this free beaded bracelet project, make sure you take a picture and post it in our Reader Photo Gallery!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer


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