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Zig Zag Bracelet


About this design:

This is a design provided to us by TierraCast designed by Tracy Gonzales.

When I saw all of these great components geared towards leather I admit, I was excited. I love working with leather especially for bracelets, so when I saw this bracelet and was given a chance to make on I jumped on it. The great thing about this bracelet is that it looks so much more complicated than it really is. Still, it might be helpful to lay your pattern out first, making sure to have your bracelet length measured out so that you don't make it too small or too big.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • large classic hook (TierraCast)
  • 2 5mm nugget 3 hole bar (TierraCast)
  • 2 6x2mm (ID or inner diameter) barrel beads (TierraCast)
  • 7 4x2mm (ID or inner diameter) barrel beads (TierraCast)
  • 8 7mm nugget beads w/2mm hole (ID), this is the minimum beads you need to make the bracelet, but add more if you want to - I did :-)
  • 2 7" lengths of 2mm leather cord
  • 15" length of cord

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Align the leather cords next to each other with the 15" length in-between the shorter strands, with 4" hanging over at both ends.
Step 2:
String 1 6x2mm (ID or inner diameter) barrel bead onto the ends. Apply a dab of glue to leather at the short ends between the cords. Slide bead up to the ends over the adhesive and "crimp" the barrel using flat nose pliers to gently press the barrel down onto the leather.
Step 3:
Make a small loop in the 4" tail of leather cord, this is for the hook to clasp to. Wrap the loose end around the base of the loop once and tie an overhand knot. Tighten securely adding in a bit of adhesive. Trim excess cord.
Step 4:
String one 5mm nugget 3 hole bar onto the 3 cords with the longer cord being in the middle.
Step 5:
Now it's time to start the Zig Zag :-)
String 1 7mm nugget with a 2mm hole onto the center cord. String 1 4x2mm (ID or inner diameter) barrel bead onto the center and 1 of the adjacent outer cords. "Crimp" the barrel using flat nose pliers to gently press the barrel down onto the leather. This will hold you pattern firmly in place, but it isn't a required step for the bracelet to work. The bracelet will still stay mostly in place even without the "crimping" of this bead.
Step 6:
Repeat the pattern from "Step 5" six times, alternating the adjacent cord that you slide the barrel onto. I also, varied the beads between the barrels. Mixing the size, type and metal color allows you to make it more personalized. Just make sure that the beads all have holes 2mm in diameter.
Step 7:
String a final nugget bead onto the center cord, then string on the second 3 hole bar. The 3 hole bars should be about 5" apart. It might be a good idea, if you are planning on "crimping" down all the smaller barrels, to wait until the bracelet is complete before finalizing with a crimp.
Step 8:
String 1 6x2mm (ID or inner diameter) barrel bead onto the end. Apply a dab of glue to leather at the short ends between the cords. Slide bead up to the ends over the adhesive and "crimp" the barrel using flat nose pliers to gently press the barrel down onto the leather. Trim the two short tails.
Step 9:
Make a small loop in the 4" tail of leather cord, slide on the hook. Wrap the loose end around the base of the loop once and tie an overhand knot. Tighten securely adding in a bit of adhesive. Trim excess cord.

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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Asia
    Asia says:

    Love this one :D

  2. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Very cool Ali. I like the zig zag design a lot. I’d like to try this with softer materials. Maybe silk string or leather lace. It would be a little bit “floppy” but that might be cute.

  3. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Love this one! Will have to try it! deb, I like you idea of a softer look!

  4. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    This bracelet really sings to me! It has endless possibilities…. Love it! :D

  5. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    LOVE it!

  6. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Awesome :D

  7. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I really like this. It would be great with all manner of different leather colors and beads.

  8. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    Terrific!!! :)

  9. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Very cool!! And I just stocked up on all kinds of leather! :)

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    Meredith B says:

    Love the simplicity, and would love to make it, bt couldnt seem to find all the products to order on the instruction page HELP

  11. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Love it….mmmm….I want a turquoise one….

  12. Bridgett H
    Bridgett H says:

    I just got in all of these components and made this bracelet for myself! I love it!!!

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    kathryntaylor77 says:

    I am new at this. I don’t get it. You have a 27′ cord and a 15′ cord. you said to place the 15′ cord in between the shorter ones. Did you fold or cut the 27′ cord ? If so, you still won’t have 4′ hanging over at each end . What in the heck am I doing

  14. Bridgett H
    Bridgett H says:

    @ Kathryntaylor77. You don’t use a 27′ cord. it looks that way in the instructions but you are to use 2 (two) 7inch pieces and 1 (one) 15 inch piece.

    2 – 7inch pieces
    1 – 15 inch piece

    Then follow step 1 and it should make sense then. Hope this helps.

    Align the leather cords next to each other with the 15″ length of cord in-between the two 7 inch shorter strands, with 4″ (of the 15″ strand) hanging over at both ends.

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