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Monday’s after a holiday weekend are probably the worst. Okay, well maybe not the WORST, but its definitely up there on my list. It seems to hard to get back into the routine and to focus on the job at hand. Lucky for me, my job is to play with pretty beads, make stuff and share it all with you! So here I am today sharing this fun bracelet tutorial.

Supplies:
5ft – 1mm leather
6.5in – 4mm rhinestone cup chain
1ft – 4mm rolo chain, cut in 2 6in pieces

Galaxy TutSteps:
1) String the 2 pieces of rolo chain onto the leather cord, centering them on the string.
2) Carefully positioning the rhinestone chain between the two lengths of rolo chain, weave the leather from the right side to the left into the upward facing link in the rolo chain.
3) Flip the chain over and weave the leather cord into the same links of the rolo chain from the back.  The rhinestone chain should be sandwiched between the leather in the front and the back.  Pull the leather so that it is snug around the roll chain, hugging the outside of the link.
4) Turn the chains over, revealing the front, and repeat step 2 above.
5) Continue weaving the leather into the chain (repeating steps 2 and 3) until you have woven through the entire length of rolo chain.  If there is any additional rhinestone chain at the end, trim it with a pair of flush cutters.
6) Finish the bracelet by weaving the ends of the leather back through the first length.  Tighten the leather just enough so that the bracelet is able to slip over the wrist.  Trim the ends and secure each end with a knot.

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This bracelet is fairly simple to complete once  you get passed the first 3 links.  Getting the chain to line up correctly can be a little frustrating but after those first few steps it will come together quickly.  Be sure not to  pull the leather too tight as you weave it through the chain.  It took me about 20 minutes to complete the first bracelet and about 15 to do the second one.  When I write tutorials, I always like to create one piece first, without documenting, so that I really have a feel for what I am doing.  It makes it a lot easier to know exactly what steps need to be pictured and so forth.

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and this little tutorial!
HAPPY MONDAY!

Kelsy

The DIY Dreamer

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27 thoughts on “Galaxy Bracelet Tutorial

  • July 9, 2013 at 11:29 am
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    Wow, these are really great for a summer pre-teen project – thanks for the tutorial.

    • July 9, 2013 at 3:40 pm
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      Thanks for the invite! I will hop on over there. You could totally make one. Its not that difficult at all.
      ~Kelsy

    • July 10, 2013 at 9:15 am
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      Thanks for the invite Jamie! I’m always looking for new parties to link up to!
      ~Kelsy

  • July 10, 2013 at 10:39 am
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    First of all I want to say how gorgeous these are. I don’t have time to do this kind of craft but it sure is tempting seeing your beautiful creations and tutorials. I’ve just started following with bloglovin. Also thanks for dropping by to my blog and leaving a comment if you hadn’t I probably wouldn’t have found your lovely blog. I tried to reply to your email but you are on noreply, don’t know if you’re aware of it.

  • July 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm
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    This is just gorgeous! Pinning this and liking on Facebook! Thanks for your visit and comment. :-)

  • July 10, 2013 at 2:27 pm
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    This is so pretty! Thanks for the tutorial! Saw on the diy dreamer. I linked up a a backpack made from some old blue jeans. I’d love for you to visit my site and let me know what you think. :)

    Gina @ Gina’s Craft Corner
    http://ginascraftcorner.blogspot

  • July 12, 2013 at 10:58 am
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    thank you for sharing this. I’ve been meaning to learn how to make these.

    • July 12, 2013 at 12:29 pm
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      Of course! I’m so glad you like it.
      ~Kelsy

  • July 12, 2013 at 3:50 pm
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    So pretty. Look like a good mother/daughter summer craft.

  • July 12, 2013 at 4:40 pm
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    Love this tutorial – the combination of rhinestone and rolo is divine. Will feature and link on my blog!

    Pearl

    • July 12, 2013 at 4:41 pm
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      Thank you!

    • July 15, 2013 at 9:34 am
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      Is it okay to say I’m a little start stuck? I am a big fan of your work, Erin! Thanks for commenting. :)
      ~Kelsy

      • July 15, 2013 at 7:12 pm
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        You’re so sweet! I’m flattered, really! :) These bracelets are totally something I would make myself and be proud. Nice work!

    • July 15, 2013 at 9:33 am
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      Thank you for the invite! I will check it out.
      ~Kelsy

  • July 14, 2013 at 9:30 am
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    These bracelets are so fun! I’m going to do this with my daughter. Thanks for sharing!

    • July 15, 2013 at 9:34 am
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      Thanks!

  • August 20, 2013 at 3:07 pm
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    I love the look of this bracelet. How do you this would do as an anklet and how would you add a clasp?
    Mary

    • August 20, 2013 at 3:09 pm
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      sorry, that should have read “How do you ‘think’ this would do as and anklet” 😉

    • August 22, 2013 at 2:15 pm
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      Hi Mary! I think it could totally work as an anklet. You would just need to lengthen it a bit to make it work. I’m sure you could add a clasp no problem. I’ll play around with the idea and let you know if it works out.
      ~Kelsy

      • August 23, 2013 at 10:01 am
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        Thank you Kelsy, I will be playing around with it also, as soon as I get the time.
        Mary

  • August 31, 2013 at 11:44 pm
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    Very unique and pretty bracelet. Really perfect with my favorite Korean rhinestones. I would love to do that also. Thanks for that brilliant idea.

  • September 26, 2013 at 5:32 am
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    I love the look of these bracelets! Really cool mix of the woven rolo chain and all those cupchain designs that’s pop up lately. (And I will have to add this to my blog post on what to do with rhinestone chain, a post I began writing before they got popular and it was harder to find really good projects — like this one! — on the theme.)

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