Showcase a Fancy Clasp With a Wire and Leather Braided Bracelet
When I see a gorgeous clasp like this Gemasite box clasp from A Grain of Sand, I want to make sure that it gets plenty of attention in a beaded jewelry design. I love the challenge of making a piece of jewelry where a fancy clasp like this gets all the attention! Really, who wants to hide a beautiful number like this in the back of a necklace when it can hold its own as the center piece of a piece of handmade jewelry?
Lately, I've been playing with techniques for braiding leather to use as necklaces for hanging some of my favorite gemstone and bead pendants. I was delighted to discover that I can use these same techniques to make bracelets, too. When you have a handful of these kinds of easy-to-use tab and box clasps in your stash, these bracelet making projects make quick, trendy gifts.
- Gemasite box clasp, 1 1/2" long (A Grain of Sand)
- 2mm leather cord in color to match or contrast with the clasp, 27 inches
- 20 gauge round half-hard silver filled wire, 20 inches
- Flush cutters
- Leather cutters or scissors
- Combination pliers OR chain-nose pliers and round-nose pliers
Step 1: Cut the leather cord into 3 pieces, 9" each. Using the flush cutters, cut the wire into 4 pieces of 5" each.
Wrapping the wire around the three pieces of leather takes a little practice, but the finished bracelet is fun and easy to wear, and it looks great with just about anything in my closet. I just might have to whip up a few more of these for some last-minute handmade gifts before Christmas next week!
Now, here's the great thing: once you've mastered the art of making wire-wrapped loops and clean, even wraps for this bracelet, you've got all the wire skills you need to make the projects in Wire Doodles with Erin Prais-Hintz! You'll learn how to make 4 unique wire links, and then wrap, texture, and join them into beautiful, organic wire jewelry designs. So whether you prefer to use a DVD or get your video instructions as a digital download, keep practicing those wire wrapping skills and then get your copy of Wire Doodles to learn how you can start creating handmade wire jewelry today.