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These Bracelet Tutorials Use Up Thick Leather Scraps

I love using thick leather cords in jewelry designs. But alas there are always bits leftover. So I was pleased to come across two excellent suggestions to use up thick leather scraps. The first DIY is a clever memory wire bracelet where short lengths of beads and bead groups are use. The tutorial is by Adrianne over on Happy Hour Projects.

This particular tutorial is not for solid leather cord - just braided or stitched leather cords. Adrianne warns feeding the memory wire through stitched leather cord is difficult so shorter lengths will be easier.  I would certainly introduce more bead groups.

I like how she uses a combination of cord ends as well as the little balls for memory wire ends.  Note she uses Super New Glue (not the ordinary Super Glue) like I do.  I like it a lot as you deliver the liquid glue through a fine nozzle.  Not as messy as E6000 if you are careful not to get it on your fingers!

Aki of The Minted Strawberry's leather and chain bracelet tutorial is a lot easier and suits shorter lengths of leftover leather.

Short leather sections can also be integrated into necklace designs.  See my statement leather cord necklace design here. The full leather of earrings tutorial is here.

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  1. I think this is a wonderful idea to use up those little pieces instead of throwing them away or having them taking up precious storage space in the studio.

    I'm glad I clicked on your links to previous posts. My memory is like a sieve and I was really delighted to see that gorgeous necklace you had made from the shorter piece of leather. I also (re)learned some tips for the edges of leather. I had of course forgotten those so it was a bit of a refresher for me. Thanks Pearl!!

  2. My memory is like a sieve too. So you should not be surprised to know that my own blog is a way for me to remember great designers and tutorials!!

  3. Beautiful finishing on these. I bought some of the New Super Glue last fall and I really, really like it, especially for gluing tiny bits and pieces. Me, too, with the memory thing.

  4. I have salvaged some leather cord pieces and now I know how I am going to use them :) Thank you so much!

  5. Such a fantastic idea. Hopefully I'll remember it. Thanks again.


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