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Tips & Techniques

Get tips and techniques to become a better beader at Lima Beads.


Creating a Leather Link

About this Tip:

With leather lacing and wire, you can create a fun little link to use in your projects.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Cut a 3” strip of leather lacing.
Step 2:
Cut a 10” length of 22 gauge wire.
Step 3:
Spread Lima Studios 2-part epoxy onto the inside end of the strip of leather lacing.
Step 4:
Fold over a little more than halfway and press down.
Step 5:
Spread 2-part epoxy onto the outside end of the strip of leather lacing you just folded over.
Step 6:
Fold the other end over top of the opposing end and press down.
Step 7:
Hold together until epoxy is dry. Flat nose pliers work well.
Step 8:
Bend a piece of wire flat against the leather where you intend to wire wrap.
Step 9:
Tightly wrap wire over that length spacing the wraps a little further apart as you go.
Step 10:
Using a nylon block and a plastic mallet, tap the wire to make it flush with the leather. Wrap wire back up the leather, filling in the gaps. Stop halfway and use the mallet to flatten it again. Then, finish your wrap and use the mallet again.
Step 11:
Taking the end 4mm of the wire, bend using your chain nose pliers and insert in between the leather loop at the end and tap it into place using the nylon block and the plastic mallet.
Step 12:
You link should look like a pinched figure eight from the side.
Step 13:
This is not supposed to look perfect, but “natural.” As always, you can make your wire wrapping as messy or neat as you prefer.

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  1. shimmer chick
    shimmer chick says:

    love this.. I have some leather that I have been dying to use… this will be fun.

  2. Sherry from Belton Tx
    Sherry from Belton Tx says:

    Then how do we use the leather link?

  3. M Flesch
    M Flesch says:

    One tip: bend under the outer end of the wire to make a totally smooth wrap. It really helps keep it smooth even if the wire comes a little loose.

  4. Tricia O
    Tricia O says:

    You could use it just like it was a section of chain! Attach with jump rings or wrapped wire between beads, between more of the same sections, or even between any two things you like.

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    JIGS1354 says:

    Hi just found this beading site.Watched the video on the leather link and to me the 22 gauge wire looks so big around. Would it look better with a smaller gauge and still work as well as the 22g? I have not used wire yet but want to try it.I just got some leather cord (round) could that work as well for this leather link? I just got back into jewelry making and love it all over again. I’ve been making the safety pin earings & pins to wear, love them.

  6. Kate
    Kate says:

    24 or 26g wire should work just fine with this technique– the glue holds the leather and the wire is a bit of an extra embellishment of texture and color. A leather link like this easily adds interest to any bracelet or necklace. I think you could probably use round leather cord, but it might not be as flush as using this flat cord…

  7. The Easter Beady
    The Easter Beady says:

    This makes such a professional-looking component!

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