How to make braided bracelets out of leather cords

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If you want a braided leather bracelet, you can custom-make one yourself out of leather cords. Jewellery hardware, like metal end caps and a lobster clasp, can be added to make the bracelet look more professional. You will need only a few simple supplies and tools that you can get at your local hobby or craft supply store. Use this simple technique to make braided leather cord bracelets in the colours that you like for your friends and for yourself.

Cut three pieces of 2 mm (5/64 inch) wide leather cord to about 30 cm (12 inches) in length. The cord will become shorter as you braid it, and the finished piece needs to be about 17.5 cm (7 inches) long to make an average-sized bracelet.

Line up the edges of the leather cords, and clip them together about 2.5 cm (1 inch) from the end with a small clamping device or even a hair clip. Apply epoxy to the end of a toothpick for a neater application, and spread the epoxy around the inside of a metal end cap with a loop at the end.

Hold the very ends of the clipped leather cords together between your fingers, and guide them into the end cap until they stop. Wipe away any epoxy that has squeezed out of the end cap with the damp end of a cotton swab. Wait no less than 24 hours for the epoxy to dry.

Remove the clamping device (the hair clip), and braid the leather cord together into a regular three-strand braid. Measure the braid as you go, and when you have a braid that is 16.2 cm (6 1/2 inches) long, place your clamping device onto the end of the cords at this measurement. Trim off any excess pieces of cord beyond this point.

Carefully move the hair clip down the braid, about 1cm from the end, and apply epoxy to the ends of the cords with a toothpick. Place another end cap with a loop at the end to the epoxied ends of your leather cords. Wait 24 hours for the glue to dry completely.

Open two jump rings by bending the open ends away from each other -- sideways -- with pliers. Feed the open end of the jump rings through the loops on the ends caps. Attach one of the jump rings also through the end of your lobster clasp. Close the jump rings by bending the open ends back together with the pliers until the ends meet again. Your braided leather bracelet is complete.

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