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.
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: 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?