This bracelet was born out of my inability to ever throw away anything that could possibly be useful ever.  It’s a sickness I think, at least, my husband would argue that it is.  I just can’t seem to get rid of scraps of leather or paper or fabric.  I save cardboard boxes and plastic containers and glass jars.  As we speak, I have a box (a USPS large flat rate box, in fact) filled will cardboard rolls salvaged from our shipping department that I just *know* will be useful for some craft project someday!

The idea for the bracelet above, that I have affectionately named the “Scraps Bracelet,” came to me as I was cleaning my desk up a while back.  I had some 4 inch pieces of leather left over from the Father’s Day Keychains.  In another random pile I had several pieces of wire from my Red, White, and Bangle Bracelets.  A piece of beading wire, left over from who knows what project.  And of course beads.  Lots of random beads gathered in trays or in bags with no real destiny other than to gather dust. I’ve listed the supplies that I used below, but really this tutorial is meant as more of a guideline  for you to use what you have sitting around.

4 inches 3mm leather
15 inches 22 gauge silver wire
8 inches beading wire
2 crimp tubes
Assorted beads
Hook clasp (PW2135-S)


1)Fold over the end of the leather to create a loop.
2) Wrap with wire. (Image 1)
3) When loop is secured, thread the end of the wire info the center of the wrap and trim. (Image 2)
4) Repeat on the other side. I made one side larger to better accommodate the clasp. (See Image 3)
5) Thread on your crimp tube. (Image 4)
6) Bring your beading wire through the smaller leather loop and back through the crimp tube. (Image 5) Crimp (see How-To below.)
7) Thread on desired beads. I used a random pattern in a mixture of beads.
8) Attach clasp to beading wire. See steps 5 and 6 above. (Image 6)

How To- Crimp

How To: Use Crimp Bead Pliers
This is a two-step process. As shown in image 1, the nose of the crimp bead plier has two openings.  One opening is shaped like lips (at least I think so) and the other is oval-shaped.
1) Center the crimp bead into the “lip” shaped opening. Squeeze tightly to secure. The crimp bead will have a grove in the center. (image 2)
2) Rotate the crimp bead 90 degrees so that the groove is facing upright. Squeeze.
3) This will cause the grooved crimp bead to fold over on itself creating a very secure hold!

I hope you give this bracelet a try.  It’s a great way to use up all those extra odds and ends.  You know the ones.  Unless I’m the only one with this problem. Let me know in the comments! What are some of the strangest things you have saved for some future unknown craft project?


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7 thoughts on “The Scraps Bracelet and How To Use Crimp Bead Pliers

  • August 1, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Please beware. My beloved older sister passed away in March. My younger sister and I are still cleaning out the ‘little of this, some of that – this could be useful, better save it’. (We are all beaders, so THAT stash got saved – for now.) I’ve caught myself going through my stash of leftover things used while I was a Scout leader and finally decided that it’s time to toss a lot of other stuff.

    • August 2, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Bev- I do try to go through my stash periodically for that very reason. It can get really overwhelming pretty fast. My craft room is a disaster with all the stuff I save!

  • August 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Great tutorial. It is always nice to find more suggestions for what to do with scraps. I like that you go into detail and explain why you are doing things.

  • August 15, 2013 at 2:53 am

    I have made some of my best pieces of jewellery from the bits and bobs that have been found in the bottom of a bead and craft box.
    I think that it sometimes sets the creative juices flowing trying to imagine what piece of jewellery we can create and no don’t throw things away because there is always a use for something even if you you do not know what it is at the moment.

    • August 15, 2013 at 9:50 am

      Julie- Sometimes, all it takes is one special bead to really make a piece of jewelry! And you never know when something you saved ages ago will turn into that perfect thing you need!

    • August 16, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      Hi Bev! Yes, Shipwreck does carry those beads. See my previous tutorial for links. They are called rivoli crystals. You have to purchase the setting separately from the crystal and secure it with glue.

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