Mmmmm suede leather bracelets. Simple, laid back and oh so comfortable to wear.
I made these bracelets with a 5mm real suede lace in a red brown color. The suede also comes in a flat lace and a split lace. I prefer the real suede lace because it comes in a 5mm width and it it has a 1mm thickness – which is perfect for tying knots and just heavy enough without being too bulky like a split suede. I purchased most of my leather from Leather Cord USA. They have been super quick to ship and replaced a bad spool of leather for me, no questions asked and without requesting I mail the bad roll back. I really value good customer service!
Unique Technique: I used a leather punch to make the holes in the bracelet above. Then, I threaded some teal waxed Irish linen through the holes and knotted it to make the connection to the sterling silver Tree of Life bracelet bar purchased at Cathy Dailey.
There are many different ways to finish and terminate your leather. For these bracelets, I created adjustable closures. They can be made by simply stringing a large hole bead on both ends of the leather. You can knot the ends of the suede if you don’t have a really snug fit with the bead you have chosen. My bead was snug- it was a challenge to string on – but still allows for enough adjustment to slip the bracelet on and off. In the second bracelet, the ring on the S hook was just the right size for a tight fit when I threaded both pieces of suede through.
There are endless ways to use leather for making bracelets. I’ll be showing you more possibilities in the future with different closures and finishes because I have a box full of leather lace and cording in all different sizes and colors just waiting to be used.
Hope this provides some inspiration to incorporate suede lace in your jewelry designs. Have a great weekend!