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Plain Sparkle

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...and more of the re-purposed leather. This idea I actually got from one of Ali's leather bracelets! I first thought she had made a pearl edge to it, but in another pic I saw she wore another seed-bead bracelet together with the leather one. But it put me thinking... and then I did some experimenting.
The other one is a plainer version, which gets a little extra from the wire, I think. I've also made versions with ready-made crimping ends, and glue-on cord-ends, and chain.


Re-purposed leather chair, Toho seed beads (LB), bear thread, wire (brass locally bought, and for the other one Vintaj Natural brass, LB). You also need a hole punch of some sort, and a sewing needle...

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  1. A Little Pizzaz aka Judy
    A Little Pizzaz aka Judy says:

    Wonderful bracelet – can see wearing this on the weekend.

  2. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    Great leather work. Such clean and elegant designs.

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    Janet Miriam says:

    What a great idea! I love it!

  4. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    Wow these are great1 How do you sew the leather?

  5. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    LOVE! How in the world did you get the beads attached??? Love the look! I want one!

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    pearlsandme aka Monica says:

    Thanks all! I sew it with an ordinary sewing machine, but it’s a Pfaff with an inbuilt upper feed mechanism, which helps. You could also use a Teflon foot, I’ve read. The motor is just about strong enough, but on its limits! I also use a leather needle, and thicker stitching thread.
    Well, Gail, the attaching of the beads were sort of the idea here… and as far as I’m aware, quite my own for once! I punch half-circle holes into the edge, and sew the thread through the leather tunnel, up through the hole, through the bead, into the tunnel again, and pull the bead taut. And it’s just the right amount of beadwork for restless me, who wants everything ready really fast!

  7. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Great design!

  8. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Monica, Thanks for solving the mystery! I hear you about the fast part! I always seem to be in a tearing hurry to finish the project of the moment!

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