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  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Spring Green”:
    “Wonderful design, lovely colors and it's going right into my favs! The wirework is…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Beautiful! Thanks for the instructions. Do you mind me asking how you protect your fingers? I've…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Cool idea!…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Easy Does It”:
    “This is such a different style from your previous bracelet. I really like this simplicity too.…” read »

  • Becca W
    Becca W on “Spiral Dance”:
    “this is exquisite! I can't imagine how much time and patience this took, and you are…” read »

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    Robert J on “copper blue”:
    “and the last one. …” read »

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    Robert J on “copper blue”:
    “got the antiquing done and some size reference pics. as always 5thew antiquing looks darker…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Fish on”:
    “Your fish is wonderful! I really like the combination of the hefty dark chain, the abalone…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Pretty in rustic pink”:
    “Love the dark chain with the gorgeous pink opal!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “copper blue”:
    “What an interesting piece! The three views are so different that it almost looks like a…” read »

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    A Groundwater on “Starfish with Love”:
    “Love this. I can never tire of this type of bracelet! :) …” read »

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    A Groundwater on “💜Moonstone💜”:
    “Thanks so much, everyone! You are all so lovely and sweet :) The grey…” read »

  • T thornton
    T thornton on “Labradorite Mist Dragon”:
    “Love the Misty look. Like a lake in Scotland.I love the thought you put into it.…” read »

  • T thornton
    T thornton on “Spring Birds”:
    “I am in love with these. Couldn't be any more perfect. Your an amazing artist. Keep…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “you really should try something of the sort, just take it a step at a…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Easy Does It”:
    “A modern, simple, and effective way to show off a beautiful bead or stone!…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Great to share this time of year with proms and weddings!…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Finally”:
    “I wondered what you were going to do with that beautiful focal. You certainly did it…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Another gorgeous work of art!…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “odalisque”:
    “I can't imagine even attempting this! Intricate, ornate, gorgeous, beautifully done!!!!…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Finally”:
    “Love it!…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “Thank you all for the complements. Sophiebug I don't try to see the holes when I'm…” read »

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    Robert J on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Good, I am glad it is helpful. remember to not over twist the square wire…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Patina Queen”:
    “RockyD, just saw your note...the leaves are from Lima--#42368--but they are out of stock right now.…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “no, each step really is simple. there are only so many ways one can…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “whirlpool”:
    “Beautiful! Love the gradated pearls inside the spiral. Such a nice touch.…” read »

  • Rocky D
    Rocky D on “Patina Queen”:
    “Were did the leaves come from. If you don't mind me asking?…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “whirlpool”:
    “More "ooh" and "ahh"! Forget about finding needles to accommodate those seed beads-my eyes would not…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Nice idea. Really like the ones with the red pearls--they have a oriental touch to…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Easy Does It”:
    “Sometimes simplicity has a lot to say! You could create a hold variety of pieces,…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Again, just wow! I'm going to try the spiral-love the look of it!…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “odalisque”:
    “Wow, this is so gorgeously intricate. And there's no earthly way I could ever come close…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Finally”:
    “This is beautiful, especially the PC focal. Love the colors!…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Finally”:
    “I just love that you made so many of the components. I especially like all…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, you are so funny, I'm chuckling now...surely not simple. Beautiful design with such intricate…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Spiral Dance”:
    “The square/spiral wire combo holding the cab is amazing! Including the instructions really helps all…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “whirlpool”:
    “Robert, this is so beautiful! I really like the pearls and tiny seed beads wrapped…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Spring Birds”:
    “All of YOUR support is a tremendous comfort. Sometimes we can feel so alone in…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “OK....this is totally the look I'm trying to achieve, but sadly never do! I'm in…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Finally”:
    “Love the focal. Gorgeous bracelet. I really like the multi-strand components. Just lovely.…” read »

Metallic Flower Strap Bracelet

About this design:

When I first had a chance to quickly make one of these bracelets, I was in love. Quick, easy and cool. Of course I couldn't let it end there :-) I wanted to layer this leather and rivet it together while embellishing at the same time. The use of the monochromatic metallics and gunmetal components gives this a sleek, edgy yet handmade feel. I chose to trim the edges of my top leather to have rounded corners to give it that extra finished touch.

Buy the supplies:

The products in this design are listed below.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Slide the leather strap through the E Hook, pull through an inch. Fold the leather over and pinch the fold down. Using the rotary punch and keeping the leather folded over, punch a hole 10-12mm from the fold.
Step 2:
Place the rivet ends through the holes while keeping the leather folded over. String a large hole heishi under the rivet head.
Step 3:
Place the bracelet, underside down, on the dot anvil. Place the rivet setter (dome side down) over the rivet head and get ready to hammer!
Step 4:
Use the rotary punch to punch 2 more holes 8mm apart.
Step 5:
Place the rivet ends through the holes just punched and repeat step 3.
Step 6:
Move to the opposite end of the leather strap. Fold over the end of the leather. My leather strap from fold to fold ended up at 7". Punch a hole through the folded over leather using the rotary punch, 10-12mm from the fold.
**TIP** To size the bracelet before punching the holes, wrap the leather strap around your wrist and slide the end through the hook portion of the E Hook. Fold it over when it fits.
Step 7:
Repeat Steps 2, 3, 4, & 5
Step 8:
Trim the tails of the leather strap on the underside of the bracelet.
Step 9:
Select a contrasting color leather strap. Divide the strap into 3rds and cut 1/3 off to be used.
Step 10:
Mark on the leather where to punch a hole at in order to connect the 2 different leather straps.
Step 11:
Using the rotary punch, punch a hole through both leather straps at each end where marked.
Step 12:
Place the rivet ends through the holes just punched and repeat step 3.
Step 13:
Layout 8 large hole heishi on the short leather strap.
Step 14:
Mark where the holes need to be punched.
Step 15:
Punch the holes through both leather straps where you just marked.
Step 16:
Place the large hole heishi bead over 1 of the hole you just punched. Place the rivet ends through the holes and heishi. Repeat step 3.
Repeat this step until all of your holes are filled.
Step 17:
Trim the ends of your shorter top leather strap to give a more finished look.

Buy Products from this Design

Package of 10 $2.70

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Measurements: Post length 5mm, tube diameter 2.4mm

Piece $6.95

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Piece $13.70

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Measurements: Hole sizes include 1/8", 9/64", 5/32", 11/64", 13/64" and 7/32"

Package of 4 $2.20

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Measurements: 2.1mm hole

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Lovew this Ali!

  2. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Way cool! Love the two colors of metallic leather!!

  3. Rocky D
    Rocky D says:

    Love this! I do have a question. Why the rubber bench block and brass hammer vs the steel block and hammer? thanks.

  4. Ams
    Ams says:

    Really like the heishi under the rivets!

  5. Ali
    Ali says:

    Thanks everyone!

    @Rocky D
    You can use a rubber bench block or another steel bock with a sand bag or rubber block under it. It is just important to have something under your dot anvil to absorb the shock. Otherwise you will have the misfortune of a dot embedded in your work surface :-) Regarding the hammer, all you need to do is use a hammer with a solid head and weight behind it. I like using my 1lb brass hammer because it has a strike surface a little bigger than a quarter and it’s heavy. This way when I strike I know it’s a solid hit. Hope this helps!

  6. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    So awesome!

  7. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Fun with leather! Love it! :)

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    Sassy Bohemian says:

    I can’t wait to make some of these leather bracelets. I love the leather colors so much. As usual Ali put some special touches with the flowers. I love it all.

  9. Rocky D
    Rocky D says:

    Thank you Ali for the help and a cool design

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    Wezie the Bead Freak says:

    Wow!! That’s beautiful. Thanks a lot.

  11. RLMerder Designs
    RLMerder Designs says:

    Love this bracelet!

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    Healing mom says:

    What size Heishi bead did you use and where did u purchase them?

  13. Lisa LaBarre-Kurz
    Lisa LaBarre-Kurz says:

    Nice, I want to try and get some tools to make these bracelets for my son and my daughter’s boyfriend. Happy Easter.

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    Debi E says:

    This looks fun and it will be nice to be able to make things for the boys in the family as well as the girls. Now I need new tools.

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