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.
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.
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!