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Leather Wrap Bracelet Tutorials
How to Make Lashed Style Bracelets
If you love the style of trendy wrapped bracelets, and want to make your own custom pieces, you're sure to enjoy this selection of the best wrap bracelet tutorials. There's something for everyone, from DIY bracelet projects for the absolute beginner, to advanced beading tutorials. Learn how to chose the right materials and create a variety of men's and women's wrap bracelet styles in leather, cord, and more.
DIY Wrap Bracelets
Sometimes referred to as "Chan Luu style" bracelets, the lashed bracelet may be one of the trendiest jewelry designs in years. The style is everywhere - from departments stores and designer catalogs, to craft fairs and Etsy - and there's a wrap bracelet out there for everyone. Some evoke a boho style, while others are chic and sparkly.
One of the best qualities of the wrap bracelet is its versatility. You can make them with just about any material or color you like - including styles just for men! If you've been searching for the perfect handmade jewelry gift for the trendy guy in your life, look no further.
This list of tutorials will give you a wide variety of design options for making your own customized wrap bracelets. There are long and short styles, beaded and cheated projects, and more. Check out the source link for the full tutorial, or click on the picture to add it to your inspiration Pinterest boards.
Ideal for absolute beginners and bead virgins, this wrap bracelet uses pre-strung rhinestones or plumber's chain to achieve the look of a beaded bracelet, without all the fuss.
Created by Honestly...WTF.
Moving up the skill tree, this very simple single wrap bracelet project uses round beads for the classic look. You can substitute the beads listed for your own favorite or what you have on hand.
Created by Rings & Things
Stitch a little or a lot. This tutorial demonstrates both long and short versions of the wrap bracelet. By doubling or tripling the length of your cord, you can get the look of stacked bracelets in a single design.
Created by Artbeads.com
Simple and classic, this tutorial includes excellent photos and diagrams to guide you through the steps of stitching a wrap bracelet.
Created by Buatkalunggelang
Almost any round or nearly round bead style can be used with the lashing technique. This tutorial also includes some gorgeous color and pattern variation ideas.
Created by So Resourceful
Instead of making a wrap bracelet extra long, you can stack rows of beadwork one atop the other. This wrap bracelet tutorial had a total of 3 beaded tiers.
Created by Beadaholique.com
If you've had enough practice with the lashed bracelet technique. the possibilities for design variations are endless.
This wrap bracelet tutorial uses square two-hole Tila beads instead of rounds.
Created by Fusion Beads
There are dozens of excellent tutorials for wrap bracelets and other fun jewelry on Fusionbeads.com.
Here are just a few examples! (Click on the picture for more information.)
How to Make a Leather Wrap Bracelet - A Single Wrap Video Tutorial
The gals at Auntie's Beads show us how to create a simple 7 inch bracelet with the leather wrap technique.
Wrap Bracelet Trends
There's no denying the popularity of lash style bracelets - they're everywhere! What do you think of this jewelry trend?
Do you like to make and wear wrap bracelets?
Double Wrap Bracelet Tutorial - Cute and Trendy Video Tutorial
This wrap bracelet DIY video by Eleventh Gorgeous is incredibly clear and easy to follow, and demonstrates how to make an extra long bracelet that will wrap twice around the wrist.
Tip: When doing an extra long bracelet where securing new thread isn't an option, avoid the "beader's backstroke" and tangles by keeping a pincushin close at hand. Stopper your needle and pull the thread from the beadwork, changing position as you go.
Choosing Beads for Wrap Bracelets
Beads of any material can be used with the lashed bracelet technique. Ideally, beads should be of a uniform size - not too long or wide to fit comfortable between the two base cords. For double or triple length bracelets, lightweight beads are best, so gemstones and metals are more suitable for the shorter variations.
Here are just a few examples of ideal bracelet beads, and how to use them.
These natural beads come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and shapes. Turquoise - or turquoise composite or magnesite - is a popular choice.
The earthy color pairs well with leather for a boho or western look.
Another natural choice, these inexpensive cultured pearls come in a delightful rainbow of colors, and can be found in perfect rounds, organic nugget shapes, coins, and more.
Man-made glass and crystal pearls like those made by Crystallized Swarovski Elements are perfect when you want precision sizes and uniform colors.
Leaded glass or crystal beads are a little pricier than some beads, but their intense sparkle is worth the price. When using crystals, be sure to double up you thread - the sharp edges can cut through thread with too much friction.
Fire Polish Beads
These pressed glass beads are faceted like crystals, and are given an extra firing to produce a unique shimmer. An excellent inexpensive choice for beginners and experts alike.
The family of Czech glass bead styles and shapes is enormous, so the possibilities here are endless. From perfectly round druks, to hearts, cubes, and coins, there's a Czech bead out there for every style and theme.
The most popular seed beads are manufactured in Japan and Czech, and like their pressed glass cousins, come in endless variety. Bigger sizes such as 8/o and 6/o are ideal for wrap bracelets (the bigger the number, the smaller the bead), band there are also cubes, bugles, triangles, and hexagon shaped seed beads.
The original Chan Luu wrap bracelets started with metal beads, and if you've got the budget, these are a trendy choice. Smaller beads are best, to avoid a heavy bracelet that is prone to wear and tear.
Commonly made from discarded domestic animal bones like cow and camel, bone beads come in a wide variety of carved shaped and dyed finishes. They look beautiful paired with leather and other cords, and adding a few to glass or gemstone designs can help bring down the weight of a finished piece.
The most lightweight of all beads, wood or other tree products like tagua make for very pretty natural jewelry. They are available raw or dyed in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Fire Polish Beads - Wrap Bracelet Essentials
Czech fire polish beads are ideal for learning to make wrap bracelets. They come in a wide variety of colors, and have a beautiful sparkle. Each bead is cut or pressed, then given a second firing to create the shimmery finish. Fire polish beads have holes large enough for doubled thread weaving, and unlike some crystal beads, the edges are not sharp, so you can create durable bracelets with ease!
Favorite Bracelet Beads
Everyone has their own favorite bead types. The colors, textures, and patterns of natural and man-made beads have a different appeal to each beader or wearer. Which one is your favorite?
What type of bead do you prefer for wrap bracelets?
Vegan Bracelet Variation - Lash Bracelet Video Tutorial
This video by Tracy Statler demonstrates the lash wrapping technique using Irish linen instead of leather.
Making Beaded Bracelets
If you love making your own wrap bracelets, why stop there? There are hundreds of different projects and technique combinations for creating beautiful, wearable bracelets with beads, cord, clay, and more.
The Beaded Bracelet includes instructions for 9 beadweaving stitches and 20 projects for unique and versatile jewelry designs.
With The Beaded Bracelet, you can't go wrong. Because bracelets are the perfect projects for both learning new techniques and for advancing your jewelry-making skills. Because bracelets make wonderful gifts; they're always just the right size. And because author Carole Rodgers has decades of creative and teaching experience; with Carole leading the way, you'll be creating unique, handmade jewelry in no time--whether you're new to beadweaving or an experienced beader!
It's a Wrap - The Bracelet that Started it All
This odd and quirky video ad for the Chan Luu wrap bracelet isn't easy to forget!
Do you have a favorite method or materials for making wrap bracelets? Please feel free to leave questions or comments about these tutorials. Thanks for visiting!