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.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

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

HOW TO MAKE A WIRE WRAP LOOP

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.

 ADDING THE LEATHER

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.)

ATTACHING THE CLASP

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

Like to make jewelry?  Click the pics for more tutorials:

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Comments

  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!!

      Karen

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