Tutorial: Leather and Clay Bead Bracelet

How to make a leather cord and polymer clay bead bracelet.Since my polymer clay addiction started a few weeks ago I have busily been making beads in different shapes and sizes. When my husband saw that I had almost filled a 1 quart mason jar with my colorful creations he asked me what I was going to do with all of the beads.

Hmm... I hadn't really thought that far ahead.

Of course beads are always great for jewelry making, so I started with a bracelet.

Many thanks to Endless Leather for providing the gorgeous leather cord I used in this tutorial.


  • 6 - 3/4 inch extruder cane beads
  • 6 - 1/2 inch solid color beads
  • 1 meter round leather cord
  • scissors


Before you begin, make sure that the holes in your beads are at least two times larger than the diameter of leather cord you are using.

If you are unfamiliar with clay bead making, you may want to review my posts:

Fold your cord in half. Tie a knot to create a loop that is slightly larger than your largest bead.
The bead is going to be part of your closure and should easily fit through the loop.
Next, you will start stringing your beads onto the bracelet.

Starting with a small bead, run one end of cord through the bead. Then run the other end of the cord through the bead in the opposite direction.
Pull the cord ends until the bead is positioned next to the closure loop.
Next, add a large bead in the same manner.
The second bead should barely touch the first.

If you string the beads too tightly your bracelet won't bend around your wrist.
Continue stringing the beads, alternating between large and small beads.
Add the last bead by pulling both cord ends through the hole in the same direction.
Tie a knot snuggly against the last bead and trim the excess cord.
 To wear your bracelet, simply place it around your wrist and pull the last bead through the beginning loop.

How to make a leather cord and polymer clay bead bracelet.

I actually made this bracelet in two different colors. **Spoiler Alert** Both of these bracelets will probably be part of my September giveaway.

How to make a leather cord and polymer clay bead bracelet.

Which color is your favorite?



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The Chilly Dog: Tutorial: Leather and Clay Bead Bracelet
Tutorial: Leather and Clay Bead Bracelet
How to make a leather and clay bead bracelet.
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