Today I made a chain wrapped bracelet! I love how chunky it is and it reminds me a little of Sami bracelets.
For this tutorial I will be using:
- Suede leather. Mine’s from an old jacket.
- Unsoldered link chain. I believe using a chain that lays flat works the best. You will need quite a lot of chain.
- Hole punch. Yeah! Freakin’ love that thing!
- Button. For the closure.
- And not pictured above; Super glue. I use E6000.
I cut out the piece I wanted to use as the bracelet base.
Mine’s around an inch/2.5 cm wide. The base needs to be sturdy, so don’t make it too wide! Deciding the length can be a little tricky with the closure we are going to use. You have to do the trial and error thing here…
Fold it like this and glue it together.
The parts I used to make the closure.
Basically just two loops with a button attached to one of them. Very basic. I folded and glued the suede loops in half. Like I said deciding the length is tricky! You will need to finish the base before wrapping the chain. The chain will make the base a little thicker, so leave some room for the chain when deciding how long you want the bracelet to be.
Tip: When I tried to determine how long I should make the the closure I used hair pins to pin the loops to the base and that made me able to try it out on my wrist.
The button loop glued onto the base.
The finished base ready for the chain!
As you can see, I decided to glue an additional layer of suede on to the back. The chain is quite heavy and like I said, the base must be sturdy to hold up.
Punch a small hole at one of the end sides.
Attach the chain by opening the end link with a plier and put it through the hole.
Close with plier, and start wrapping!
Wrap tight, but not too tight…
When you’re finished wrapping the chain around the base, punch a hole where the chain finishes, attach chain through hole and close it up.
I put some glue on the first row of chain on each side of the bracelet to secure it and to make sure the chain wouldn’t slid off while wearing it.
Yep. That’s about it. Here it is on: