I had a sweet coupon for 20% off my entire purchase at Joann’s, so I went hunting a bargain, and came home with silver vinyl. I got ¼ yard for 40 cents! So I thought I’d try my hand at making “leather” cuff bracelets.
Pinch the part you’ve braided so it doesn’t come undone. Now try to untangle the bottom by flipping the bottom end through the hole as shown. Just keep twisting and turning and when you’ve got it right, it will all smooth out (there’s no better way to explain it, you just keep fiddling until poof! It untangles!) and looks like this:Magic! I love this look, but I wanted to experiment some more, so I undid the bracelet (then I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get it to work again) and cut each of the three strands in the braid in half, so that I had six narrow strands. Then I bunched two strands together and braided it again the same way as before, but with two strands in each of the three parts. Make sense? The end result is a more complicated looking bracelet that lays flatter on the wrist.
For another variation, instead of just braiding L/R/L once, try doing it twice. It makes a tighter braid and gives it a whole new look.
Next, it’s time to try it on and trim off the excess from the two ends. Then round the corners. Here’s how I did it:
Now we add closures. I debated on this one. Buttons? Ribbon? Clasps? Hot glue? (haha…totally kidding!) In the end I chose snaps. I searched and searched Joann’s notions wall to find something stylish that didn’t require buying any setting tools, and this is what I found:
I followed the directions on the back of the package, but here’s a visual for those who need to see it:
Place the pearl part on the outside of the bracelet and lightly press the tongs into the vinyl.
Next I am going to try to make a solid wide cuff and hand-sew beads or sequins onto it. Wouldn’t that be pretty?!