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Ancient Waters Cuff

About this design:

I found this cuff in my studio that I had been using to experiment with patinas and instantly thought of how I would love to wrap it in leather and WoolyWire. The teardrops are meant to reflect the water on the cuff. This bracelet is going to be awesome this summer with a few bangles … hmm maybe I need to make something using the Nunn Design bangles to pair with this cuff :-)

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 1 package of Wooly Wire
  • 2 10" lengths of 1.5mm leather cord
  • 1 24" length of same 1.5mm leather cord
  • brass cuff
  • patina & sealant or patina inks
  • 6 Unicorne glass teardrops
  • 32" 10mm deertan leather lace
  • helicopter 2-hole punch
  • adhesive

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Patina and seal brass cuff - follow Christi's instructions, they are really good.
Step 2:
Using your 2-hole helicopter punch, punch a hole in cuff at the back to attach wooly wire.
Step 3:
Spread adhesive on backside of cuff where the leather will come into contact.
Step 4:
Wrap 10mm deertan leather lace around the cuff 6-7 times pressing securely onto back as you wrap.
Step 5:
String WoolyWire through hole punched earlier, pulling about 1" through hole. Take the coil and wrap around the end of the cuff a few times. Using the 1" length that was pulled through the hole, bind up the WoolyWire that you wrapped around the end. Continue wrapping towards the top of the cuff.
Step 6:
Once your wrapping gets to the leather lace, string on your teardrops. Continue wrapping, making sure to pull securely around with each wrap.
Step 7:
I bundled a row of 5 teardrops snugly together, then wrapped the WoolyWire a bit more before adding one final teardrop.
Step 8:
Take your 3 lengths of 1.5mm leather cord and wrap each in different places along the side of the cuff, working the placement in with the WoolyWire. Make sure to add a touch of adhesive to your knots.

Buy Products from this Design

Mehandi Deertan Leather Lace 10mm
per foot: $1.70

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Oh my gosh, this is beautiful, Ali! Love the Woolywire, love everything about this. The name is so fitting and reflective of the bracelet. LOVE IT!!!!!!!

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    K Totten says:

    Awesome design and great tutorial!

  3. Laud
    Laud says:

    Wow! I love the colors and textures. You’ve also shown how to use the leather and drops in a really effective way–must try!

  4. Ali
    Ali says:

    Thanks! The WoolyWire works so well as an embellishment on its own, but it is also really fun to add bits to it like the glass teardrops or even smaller beads with large enough holes.

  5. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Yummy design!

  6. Frida
    Frida says:

    Very cool :D

  7. Kate
    Kate says:

    Ali, I love this bracelet! I love how the leather wrap and wooly-ness of the WoolyWire make the brass cuff soft and smooth. Brilliant.

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