After I made my first leather viking knit bracelet (see tutorial), I just had to do a second one! 1 mm cord leather gives a totally different look to what is and was a wire technique. Leather is warmer to wear and has a stretch to it.  So I took advantage of the latter characteristic and made a bangle this time.

I basically repeated what I did for the black leather cord one except that this time I used the smaller 1/4 inch Lazee Daizee tool. I used every hole in the clover end.

I also use bead caps with holes in them (courtesy of Tierracast). You can use other bead caps so long as they have holes for the wire to go through.  Tierracast also has other styles of holed end caps. This time I did not embellish the channel part of the bead caps.

I made a 6 inch length of leather viking knit with 1 mm brown leather cord. But I used 2 feet of 20 G wire at the bead cap end unlike the shorter length I used for the black one :

Instead of making wrapped loops after the bead caps, I threaded several beads  (Kazuri ceramic beads, courtesy of Kazuri West) onto the wires, each of which going through the beads in opposite directions.  I chose these beads because they have larger holes.

It is also important to check the fit at this point. As leather stretches, I made my bangle slightly smaller than what was needed to go over my knuckles.

Then take one of the wire ends and wrap 1-2 times around the space between the first bead and the bead cap. Proceed to take the wire over the first bead and wrap again in the space between the first and second bead.

Keep going along until you reach the other end. Then take the second wire and do the same moving in the opposite direction.

You can continue to wrap the wire across the beads a few times if you wish.

Once you are satisfied with the wire work, trim the wire ends.

Make scrolls and tuck them down close to the bead end caps.

Tighten the wires by putting bends in them all along the work. Just hold the chain nose pliers above the wire, hold a wire and twist.

I used natural light, my iPhone 6S with the ProCamera app and the Modahaus TS400 tabletop studio for final product photography. The tutorial pictures were taken with the same equipment but with artificial lights in my windowless basement studio. Check out my How to Photograph Jewelry Webinar .

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