Beaded Leather Wristlet – How to Make a Wire Wrap Loop

easy beaded leather wristlet

leather wristlets with different beads

leather wristlet 3 with flower beads

easy beaded leather wristlet

Sometimes a simple little bracelet is all you need and these beaded wristlets are a great project for any beginning jewelry maker. They are also great for using up leftover beads and scraps of leather. (Which I can never seem to throw away.) The wire wrap loop, which I’ll show you how to make, is an easy jewelry making technique that can be applied to earrings, necklaces and other jewelry projects as well.


leather ends beaded bracelet materials

  • 8-12 beads
  • 4″ headpin or 20 gauge wire
  • 2 jump rings
  • magnetic clasp (or any other type of clasp)
  • 1.5 mm leather, about 12″
  • 2 end tab connectors
  • round nose pliers
  • needle nose pliers
  • side cutters


easy beaded leather wristlet step 1

  • Using your round nose pliers, hold the wire about 1″ from the end and wrap the wire around the plier tips, to form a loop.

easy beaded leather wristlet step 2

  • Using your left hand, grasp the loop firmly with your needle nose pliers.
  • Using your right hand and the round nose pliers, begin to wrap the shorter end of the wire around the longer length of wire.

easy beaded leather wristlet step 3

  • Wrap at least one full round before stopping.

easy beaded leather wristlet step 4

  • Using your side cutters, trim off the excess short end of the wire near the wire wrap.
  • Use your needle nose pliers to pinch the end of the wire tight against to the wrap so it doesn’t poke out.

easy beaded leather wristlet step 5

  • Slide your beads onto the headpin, leaving about 1″ of wire exposed on the opposite end.

easy beaded leather wristlet step 7

  • With your hands or the needle nose pliers, bend the wire around the tip of the round nose pliers.

easy beaded leather wristlet step 8

  • Using your left hand, grasp the loop firmly with your needle nose pliers.
  • Using your right hand and the round nose pliers, wrap the shorter end of the wire around the longer length of wire at least one full turn.
  • Using your side cutters, trim off the excess short end of the wire near the wire wrap.
  • Use your needle nose pliers to pinch the end of the wire tight against to the wrap so it doesn’t stick out.


easy beaded leather wristlet step 9

  • Cut a piece of leather about 5 or 6″ long.
  • Run the leather through your fingers a couple of times to soften it up and make it easier to fold.
  • Fold in half.
  • Insert the folded portion into the wire wrap loop and pull about 1″ of the leather loop through the end.

easy beaded leather wristlet step 9a

  • Slip both leather ends through the leather loop and pull tight.

easy beaded leather wristlet step 10

  • Repeat for the other end.

easy beaded leather wristlet step 11

  • For a 7″ long bracelet, cut the leather ends 2 1/4″ away from the knot. (Cut the leather longer for a longer bracelet.)


easy beaded leather wristlet step 13

  • Lay both ends of the leather in the end tab connector.  (For extra strength, you can add a dab of E6000 to the leather ends at this step.)
  • With your needle nose pliers, pinch together the sides of the tab connector – but do not let the ends meet.

easy beaded leather wristlet step 14

  • Holding your needle nose pliers perpendicular to the tab connector, pinch down on the tab connector carefully and the sides of the connectors will fold down over the leather.
  • Pinch together tightly to secure the leather ends in place.

easy beaded leather wristlet step 15

  • Open a jump ring, and slide the tab connector and magnetic clasp into the jump ring.
  • Close the jump ring and repeat for the other end.

leather ends beaded bracelet finished

If you’ve never made a wire wrap loop, it will get easier with practice. If you are having difficulty with the wraps it may be due to the thickness of the wire. The thicker wire is more difficult to make a wire wrap loops with, but it is stronger and better for jewelry making. Try using a smaller gauge of wire (22 or 24 gauge wire) or thinner headpins to practice making your loops.

Also, you don’t have to use a magnetic clasp. I just found they were the easiest to pop on and off my wrist.  I will note that if you intend to wear a stack of them, the magnets will tend to all globble (is that a word?) together and bunch up on your wrist.

But I kind of like the simplicity of just one.

leather wristlet using turqoise rondells

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  1. Chrissy says:

    Love all the different beads you used! Have always had a little trouble with ‘wire wrapping’. Thanks for the ‘step by step’ with photos. Can’t wait to give these a try! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Nathalie says:

    These are so pretty! Especially the combination of the turquoise and silver with leather. I find that you very often make things that are exactly my taste. I am inspired! Thank you so much for sharing this.

    • Thank you Natalie! I enjoyed making them and wanted to share them because they’re so quick and easy to make. (At least once you get the hang of wire wrapping. 😉 I’m so glad you like them!!


  3. I love this bracelet and want to make something similar. What is the actual bead you used here? Is this African turquoise or something else? Thanks

  4. Thank you Karen. I started with wire wrapped stones, which my Mom had tumbled. It’s a work in progress but they are getting so very pretty, and it’s really the rocks that interest me. I just love stones. For some reason, I then got stuck on making pendants with wire (trees, dream catchers etc.) and my SIL posted a chen lu on FB, and then my search began for something different. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Something simple, easy to make, and yet still has real stones! So I just wanted to thank you very much for this.

    • You are so welcome! My Grandparents were rock hounds and always had a couple of tumblers humming in their basement. I love that your Mother tumbles her own! As a child my Grandparents dragged me to all the gem and mineral shows, which at 6 years old was sometimes a little boring, but I so thank them for that because now I have an appreciation for rocks, stones and gems! I’m so glad that this bracelet works for you and thanks for your kind words. :) k

  5. What an EXCELLENT idea and a GREAT tutorial! Thank you so much! Now I know what to do with those odd bead leftovers that only amount to a few inches!

  6. Can you tell me what mm your jump rings and tab connectors are please and thank you!

  7. Hi Karen, one more question. What kind of wire are you using? I understand the 20 gauge but what is the hardness? I purchased half hard, was that correct? It seems a little stiff. Thank you for your help. I’m making my first bracelet!!

    • Hey Lily – I didn’t use sterling wire, I just used 20 gauge plain craft wire. The sterling half hard is stiff to work with, but the advantage is that it will hold the wire wraps well. And it will stay shinier than craft wire. Hope this helps! :) k

  8. Carole Runnion says:

    Why do you not want the ends of the tab connector to meet? Great instructions!

  9. I love this project. I tried it a few times but failed because I have the wrong connector. Opps.

  10. What is the silver thing you have in each end of the beads?

    • Hi Jayme…if it’s the square piece you are referring to, that is simply a square bead with a round hole. If it’s the other round silver pieces, those are usually called “rondells” and are thin ring shaped beads, usually with decorative bumps around the outsides. Hope that helps! K

  11. Absolutely awesome, excited to make one of these–THANKS for the great post & tutorial!

  12. Would anything work as a substitute for the leather?

  13. Oh my goodness…I just made a bracelet following these instructions and I LOVE it! So simple, yet so fun! I might be obsessed now….I have ideas for at least 20 other color combos. Thank you for the easy-to-follow instructions and super fun project! Love it!!!

  14. Love the great detail and easy instructions!!! Can’t wait to make some bracelets this weekend

  15. Firstly, your blog name is awesome. I, too, pick the thimble :). And thank you for this tutorial. I cannot wait to dig out my leftover bead soup. I think this is just what I needed for all the lonely beads.

    • Hi Traci – Thanks for the feedback! I was a little panicked when I read Parker Brothers were thinking about discontinuing the thimble, but thankfully they changed their mind. Hope you enjoy your jewelry making projects!

  16. they are all beautiful i have been making jewelry years but like to see what you younger people like but the turquoise an leather are my choice to keep it up grandma

  17. Thank you for clear, concise instructions and photos! I’ve looked at lots of site and videos (and even attended a class called “Crappy Wrappers and Lousy Loopers”!) and your tutorial is the best I’ve seen.

  18. I love this bracelet. I had a little trouble with the leather fitting into my loop. I needed thinner leather and also I had a hard time with the crimp. Not as easy as it looks to get a nice crimp. I ended up making a bracelet with segments and loops with beads which is pretty but I want to make the bracelet shown. It is so beautiful. I introduced this project to a girl.scout troop earning their jewelry badges. Super fun. Any suggestion on getting a better -even-crimp? Seems one side wants to crimp while the other side slipknot.

    • Hey Nikki – To make bigger loops, try bending the wire around the base of your round nose pliers, where the diameter is larger. If that doesn’t work, round nose pliers come in different sizes, so you could look for one that is larger around. And yes, the crimp is the hardest part. With practice it gets better. I have the best luck if I bend them so the ends meet together to form a triangle shape, then I try and squish them both flat down together at the same time. (If that makes any sense.) But yes, they can be difficult to get perfect. I’m glad your girl scouts enjoyed making them and received their badges! That’s way cool! k

  19. Love your tutorial!! Can’t wait to try this. What size is the magnetic clasp? Thanks!!

  20. these bracelets are so cool and pretty! but where did you get the ‘head pins’? I couldn’t find the right ones and I’m really confused… thanks:)

  21. I have been making jewelry for 10 years now but have been in a slump the past 2. I came across your posting and it got my creativity flowing again! Sometimes it is better to go back to the simpler designs and go from there…Thank you!

  22. I am so looking forward to making some of these. So attractive but simple. THANKS this is a great tutorial and very encouraging.

  23. Deborah LaFavers says:

    Where can you buy the crimps that hold the leather? What mm of leather is best? (Love your bracelets)!!

    • Those are end tab connectors and you can usually find them anywhere they sell leather. They are relatively inexpensive, unless you are looking for sterling, and they usually come in a pack of 12 or so. I like to use 1 or 1.5 mm leather, because for this bracelet anything larger than that makes the knots a little difficult to tie. Hope this helps! Karen

  24. Cdsmithy says:

    This is a wonderful tutorial. And the information you have given about the project over the last two years is awesome. Cant wait to try this. Than you!

  25. Lorena de Muralles says:

    Hi! I am a bracelet adict to, everytime I have to make a gift to someone, I always do it myself, and it usually is a bracelet… love the samples posted in this site, I’ll try to do them as well, in my country we have a variety of beads, some of them like the ones showed up here… what I have trouble to find are buttons. I would like to know where can I find those, I live in Guatemala City, Central America…

    • That’s great that you make your gifts I think it makes the gift more meaningful. Unfortunately I don’t have any suggestions on where to buy buttons, other than the Internet. Most of these buttons are from the company Tierra Cast, so maybe that will help?

  26. Nancy Rosera says:

    Your tutorial is wonderful. I followed it step by step and was able to make a bracelet that I am happy with. I used blue lace agates for the stones. I can’t wait to try some of your other bracelets. Thank you for the inspiration.

  27. These are great bracelets to make with the leftover beads from other jewelry projects. Love this idea!

  28. Hi there! These bracelets are absolutely beautiful! I am looking for the cord end caps that you have featured and I can’t find them online! Can you recommend a place to buy them? Should I buy 1.5 mm to fit the 1.5 mm leather cord? Also, is there a reason you recommend the foldover kind instead of the kind you can just glue in place? Thank you so much for all your help and inspiration :) Warmly, A first time jewelry maker!

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