DIY Copper and Leather Wrap Bracelet

Trendy Tuesday:

Bracelets are HUGE this season.

They are such an easy accessory to wear and can add instant glam or detail to any outfit.  Currently, I have been crushing on some of the bracelets from Anthropologie.  I love how they pull together textures and finishes to create some really unique bracelets.  There are so many different looks, but one of my favorites is their Gilded Friendship Bracelet.

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I adore the intricacy of the design and the femininity of such masculine materials.

I was in the mood to create something slightly more simplistic, but with a similar texture and vibe.  Rummaging through some of my supplies, I found some thin gauged copper wire and some leather lace that I knew would play well together.  Along with a crochet hook and some unusual beads, I was in business!  Time to bust out my own take on a textured bracelet.

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Since I was using leather lace, I figured I would follow another trend by creating a wrap bracelet.  I love the simplistic design of wrap bracelets and how they give an instant look of a “collection” to your wrist.

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I started by measuring the leather around my wrist.  I wanted it to be double the thickness of the leather, so I doubled the length of my measurement.

Creating a slipknot in my copper wire, I pulled it tight over my doubled end of leather.

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Holding the short end of the wire down with the leather, I took the long wire and began to wrap it around the two leather lengths and short wire end….this worked to hide my little wire “tail” while creating a nice leather loop that would function for my bracelet’s closure.

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Once I had wrapped it around for the length of about 1/2″, I grabbed my crochet hook and began to work simple chain stitch around the length of my leather.

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Wrapping the wire around the leather and the hook once and then wrapping one more time to catch and pull it through, I created a loop on my hook.  Following the pattern of wrapping around and pulling through, I began to see a nice crochet pattern developing.

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To keep things interesting, I would do a solid wrap every inch.  I liked how it was giving added texture and patterning.

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This project whipped up fast.  Once I had my length completed, I grabbed some unusual beads to work as a clasp with the leather loop I created at the beginning.

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After coming back up through the beads, I wrapped my tail of wire around the bracelet for added security and crimped it into place.
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Cutting the length of leather so that it would not be too long, I decided to cut the leather laces in half width wise as well.  I liked that it gave me more of a tassel look with now having 4 separate pieces of leather lace fringed at the end.

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All in all, this project took me about 10 minutes to make and I cannot wait to start layering it with some other bracelets.  I am thinking that it will pair perfectly with some turquoise and silver for summer.

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Happy crafting!

xoxo

Chanda

Photos Credit to: Jessica Helton

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