Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but rhinestones are for everyday. This rhinestone bracelet nicely accessorizes any outfit.
For this project I used:
9 - 10 inch length of 1/8 inch leather strip
Gold jewelry wire (I used 20 gauge)
2 gold 6mm jump rings
Jewelry pliers (side cutters, needle nose, round)
Tweezers or wax tipped tool
28 -12ss Crystal Swarovski Elements Rhinestones
If you need a visual for this step, there are several good youtube videos showing how to add a lobster clasp to a leather cord. The one I like was this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oa-2iVV4fuw
Cut a piece of gold jewelry wire about 7 inches long. Thread a jump ring through one end of the leather strip folding over the leather strip by about ½ of an inch. Leaving about 2 inches on the end, place your wire alongside your leather strip and begin making coils around your piece of leather, ending with both ends of the wire together. I made 3 coils but the number of coils will depend on the gauge of your wire. You will be making a knot so you need to thread the top wire underneath the coils so that now your wire ends are opposite.
Pull the ends tight so that you have a nice tight wrap. Clip the wire ends as close as possible to the leather. Place a drop of Gem Tac on each wire end to secure. Repeat on the other end of the leather and allow to dry for 24 hours. You can attach your lobster clasp now if you have not already done so by opening up the jump ring, slipping in your clasp and closing your jump ring.
Lay the bracelet as flat as possible and place a drop of Gem Tac on the leather strip. Using a tweezers or wax tipped tool, place a rhinestones into the drop of glue and gently press the rhinestone down into the glue. Continue gluing rhinestones, spacing them evenly along the leather strip. Allow to dry for 24 hours.
Beautiful sparkly bracelet that is sure to get you noticed! Make several and mix and match them to customize your look.
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I have been adding bling for over 20 years. Through my projects, I hope you find inspiration.