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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.

Happy crafting!

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Tutorial: Beaded Ladder Bracelet

How to make a simple beaded ladder bracelet.Back in November, hubby and I enjoyed an afternoon browsing the shops in Tubac, an artist community just a bit south of Tucson. If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend it. Lots of neat shops and plenty of tasty restaurants.

We left empty handed that day, but I did get some inspiration for a project. Almost every shop that carried jewelry had a display of beaded ladder bracelets in a variety of eye catching colors. With a few basic supplies and a little bit of time, you'll be surprised how easy it is to create your own beaded bracelets.

Materials




Directions


Begin by measuring your wrist. Mine is about 6 inches around.
Fold your cord in half and tightly tie an overhand knot to create a loop that is large enough for your button to pass through.
Secure the loop under your clipboard clip.
Fold your thread in half and tie it in a knot close to the cord knot. wrap the thread around the cord a few times and tie another knot to secure the thread.
Use a small binder clip to secure the cord at the bottom of your clipboard.

Once you get the hang of this beading technique, you may not need the bottom of the cord secured, but as you are getting started it helps your work remain untangled.
Insert the ends of the thread through the needle.

Lift the left cord and pull the thread under it.
Slide one bead onto the thread.
Lift the right cord and pull the thread under it.
Slide the needle back through the bead from right to left making sure your needle comes out above the left cord.
Pull the thread tightly to secure the first bead.
Lift the left cord and pull the thread under it.
Slide two beads onto the thread.
Lift the right cord and pull your thread under it.
Slide the needle back through the two beads from right to left making sure your needle comes out above the left cord and pull the cord tightly to secure the beads.
I bet you're starting to see the pattern here.

Lift the left cord and pull the thread under it.
Slide on three beads.
Lift the right cord and pull your thread under it.
Slide the needle back through the three beads from right to left making sure your needle comes out above the left cord and pull the cord tightly to secure the beads.
Continue adding "rungs" of three beads onto your ladder bracelet until the beaded length measures the same as the length abound your wrist.
Finally, add a rung of two beads and then a rung of one bead to complete the beaded section.
Tie the thread and knot it around both cords. wrap it around the cords a few times then knot it again.

To conceal your thread ends, string them back and forth through a few rungs of your beaded ladder, wrapping around the cords on either side. Carefully trim off the remaining thread.
Tightly tie an overhand knot in the cords as closely to your wrapped thread as possible.
Slide a button onto the cords.
Tightly tie an overhand knot close to the button to secure it into place.

Trim the cord close to the knot.

If you want to ensure that the final knot never unties (Trust me, you do!) add a few drops of G-S Hypo cement around the knot and let the glue dry completely.
Your bracelet is ready to wear!

How to make a simple beaded ladder bracelet.

If you really want to get fancy, you can use your favorite findings to secure the ends instead of a loop and button. I really like magnetic clasps for bracelets because sometimes it's tricky to grab those little lobster claws.

How to make a wrapped, beaded ladder bracelet.

Another option when securing the thread before and after beading, instead of wrapping the thread around both cords at once, you can do a fishtail braid. Just wrap the thread in figure eights around one cord and then the other.


Get really fancy and make a wrap bracelet.  For a double wrap, you'll need 36-40 inches of cord and about 20 feet of thread.


Happy Beading!


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