VIDEO | DIY DOUBLE WRAP LEATHER BRACELET
Raise your hand if you love to wear white button-up shirts! If you could see me right now, you'd see that both of my hands (and feet :0) are raised really REALLY high. I mean, I literally live in them. You can't go wrong. It's classic, effortless, and comfy. The holy trinity. Am I right?
With that said, sometimes it can look a little bit blah if you don't add texture to your outfit. In my case, I add jewelry. I don't wear a ton of it as you can see in the photo above, but you can't deny that even a simple bracelet can liven up such a plain outfit.
Today we're making a double wrap leather bracelet to go with your favorite white button-up shirt. It is 15" in length, 3/8" in width, and fastened with a gold center bar buckle. This bracelet is perfect for stacking, but certainly looks great on its own. It's the best combination of feminine and masculine. I guess androgynous is a good way to describe it. I hope you love it as much as I do...
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HOW TO MAKE A DOUBLE WRAP LEATHER BRACELET
TOOLS + SUPPLIES
- Double wrap bracelet pattern
- Leather 4 - 5 oz in thickness
- X-acto knife
- Scotch tape
- Scratch awl
- 1/2 Center bar buckle
- Leather hand sewing needle
- Waxed thread
If you like the look of smooth and polished edges, there are a few other tools and supplies that you'll need. If not, skip them. It's totally fine. I think raw edges look really cool too...
OPTIONAL TOOLS + SUPPLIES
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STEP 1. PRINT + ASSEMBLE
Cut the bottom border off on page 1, match the numbered diamonds, then tape the pattern pages together.
STEP 2. CUT PATTERN OUT
Cut the bracelet pattern out, then punch out all the holes.
STEP 3. TAPE PATTERN
Tape the pattern onto the leather and table.
STEP 4. TRACE PATTERN
Trace all the way around the pattern and mark all the holes.
STEP 5. CUT BRACELET OUT
Cut the bracelet out using a rotary cutter.
STEP 6. PUNCH HOLES
Punch all the holes out using an X-acto knife and a scratch awl.
STEP 7. SAND EDGES
Smooth out the edges using a sanding sponge.
STEP 8. ROUND OFF EDGES
Dampen the edges with a little bit of water, then round off using an edge beveler.
STEP 9. BURNISH EDGES
Apply gum tragacanth to small sections, then burnish the edges using a wood slicker. You can also burnish the raw underside of the bracelet to get that polished look.
HOW TO INSTALL A BUCKLE
STEP 10. INSTALL BUCKLE
Slide the bracelet through the buckle, double it over, feed it through the buckle again, then push the prong into the groove.
STEP 11. SADDLE-STITCH
Align the stitching holes, then saddle-stitch by weaving in and out of the holes. You can use a binder clip to hold it in place.
Clip the excess thread and you are done my friend...
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