Tutorial: Laced Hearts Cork Bracelet

DIY Jewelry Tutorial: Lace together leather and cork cord to create a heart filled bracelet that you're sure to love.
I really like combining different materials and techniques in my crafting. These bracelets incorporate three beautiful textures (leather, cork and metal) in an unconventional way.

The bracelet is made by lacing metallic leather cord through a strip of cork, almost like an embroidery stitch. Don't be intimidated, though. The stitch is deceptively simple once you get the hang of it.

Many thanks to Endless Leather for providing the round leather cord, cork cord and jewelry findings for this tutorial.

Materials

Directions

Use a scissors to cut the cork cord to 6 inches long. The toggle will add about 2 inches to the bracelet so the finished piece is about 8 inches around. (If you have very narrow or wide wrists you can subtract or add 1/2 inch to the length of the cork strip.)

Next you are going to draw a line of dots down the center of the cork on the WRONG side.

Start 1/4 inch from either end of the cork and mark your dots 1/2 inch apart, finishing 1/4 inch from the other end of the cork.
Punch holes down the center of the cork where you drew your marks.
The punch may not completely remove the holes since it is designed to punch paper, not 2 mm thick cork, so you may have little tabs left on the cork. Use a sharp scissors to snip off the tabs.

On to the lacing part. You need 1 meter of the round leather cord for the first part.

I taped one end of my cork and cord to the table so it wouldn't wiggle around while I took pictures. You probably won't need to tape your work down.

Pull the cord up through the first hole leaving about a 3 inch tail underneath.
Push the cord down through the next hole loosely. Make a half-heart shape on the side of your work.
Pull the cord up through the side of the heart. You should pull the cord so the half-heart is secure, but doesn't lose its shape.
Pull the cord up through the same hole at the top of the heart.

Let's go through that one more time.
Push the cord down through the next hole loosely. Make a half-heart shape on the side of your work.
Pull the cord up through the side of the heart.
Pull the cord up through the same hole at the top of the heart.
Continue lacing the same way until you reach the last hole.

Now you are going to do the same thing with a second piece of cord.

Pull the cord up through the first hole leaving about a 3 inch tail underneath.
Push the cord down through the next hole loosely. Make a half-heart shape on the side of your work.
Pull the cord up through the side of the heart.
Pull the cord up through the same hole at the top of the heart.
Continue working to the last hole.
Trim the cord ends so they are slightly longer than the cork strip.
Finally, you will glue the toggles onto each end of the bracelet.

Squirt the glue into each toggle. Don't be skimpy, but don't over do it, either.
Slide both the cork and the leather laces completely into the toggles.

And the hardest part? Let the glue dry for 24 hours.

Your bracelet is ready to wear!

DIY Jewelry Tutorial: Lace together leather and cork cord to create a heart filled bracelet that you're sure to love.

If you really want to get fancy, instead of using a single color of leather cord, you can alternate two different colors.

DIY Jewelry Tutorial: Lace together leather and cork cord to create a heart filled bracelet that you're sure to love.

DIY Jewelry Tutorial: Lace together leather and cork cord to create a heart filled bracelet that you're sure to love.

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