How to: Braided Squaredell Bracelet
Learn how to make these awesome braided bracelets!
I have always loved the look, and style of mixing natural with crystal. This Leather and Crystal duo bracelet make the perfect combination. The Swarovski Rondell has been my favorite... but when I tried it in Squaredells it took on this super cool herringbone shape and looked like a fine tennis bracelet!
Tools and Materials
- 1mm Leather - One cut to 13 inches, and another one cut to 26 inches
- A Toggle
- Two LG whole beads
- 4 Packs of 6mm Squaredells, or more depending on size
- Leather Glue
I took the four packs of Squaredells, and divided them into three.
Wrap the leather cord goes around the toggle, then secure the third piece of leather with an overhand knot.
Move the large whole bead up the three pieces of leather and slide it over the knot. Trim the excess leather tail.
Image 1: Load up the Squaredells onto the leather cord, and tie a tiny knot just in case of slippage.
Image 2: Tape your project onto a flat surface so that you can pull and tug.
Image 3: Start your braid so you can visually see where your first Squaredelle will fit in nicely.
The Squaredells get placed on every outside elbow of the braid. As you can see I put the right side squaredell in place. Now I am ready to cross over and place my left squaredell.
I know that it can hard sometimes to hold on the project and slide the beads up the leather. Sometimes, I used chapstick to lube my leather cord. Try that and see it it works for you too.
Image 1: Once you are finished braiding in your Squaredelles, continue to braid a little to make sure they are locked into place. This is also a good time to check the size. There are a few options if you do not have enough Squaredells. You can braid the end until it fits, or maybe choose a lobster clasp with a little chain.
Image 2: Finishing it off: Pick any two cords and tie a tight overhand knot
Image 3: Slide your LG whole bead through all three strands of leather and pop the bead over the knot.
Image 1: Find the strand that was not involved in the overhand knot, it is usually in the middle.
Image 2: With the unused third leather cord place on the toggle end. Make an overhand knot as a closure for the LG whole bead.
Image 3-4: Give your knotted leather cords one last tug (but be gentle with the thin 1mm leather), and trim them to get them out of your way.
Image 1: Take the remaining leather cord, the one you just knotted around your toggle, and push it back through the large bead hole, and pull it until the knot is inside the bead.
Image 2: Trim the excess material
Image 3: Fill up the holes with glue. Use a head pin, or a toothpick to get as much glue inside the big bead as possible. With just overhand knots supporting the leather you really want to make sure the piece is glued properly.
There are so many different ways to close off three strands of Leather. I have just demonstrated an over hand method. I have used crimp findings, and I have even done a macrame. It's up to you how you choose to close the bracelet off!
Please leave me any questions you have... you might not be the only one thinking it!
Thanks for checking out the blog post!
Emily Kaniasty, Art and Soul Beads