DIY – Recycled leather and gem stone bracelet

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**this post contains gifted items**

Do you have a hobby? Mine is most certainly jewellery making and I fallen back in love with it. I love how it gives me space to think without thinking, the time to create without pressure and the beauty of turning a pile of beads, jewels and findings into something beautiful. Today with leather and findings kindly gifted to me from Endless Leather I want to share with you how to make this simple leather and gem stone bracelet. It’s been a while since I last worked with them and I was delighted to discover they now stock recycled leather. I’m trying to me more mindful of what supplies I’m buying when it comes to craft projects, this recycled leather gives me the buzz of new materials without taking anything more from the earth. I’ve paired it with recycled gem stones from broken pieces of jewellery to create a gorgeous summer bracelet, here’s how to make.

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You’ll need – Recycled leather 10 x 2mm, taupe, lobster clasp, large hoop, 5mm jump rings, 2 x end cap, E6000 glue (the best) and a mix of jewels mine mostly come from broken pieces of jewellery. If you need new try Etsy they need to be about 5mm

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Step 1. Cut your leather to your exact wrist measurement. Cut the corners off each end, this will help the leather fit snuggly into the end cap – make sure you don’t cut too much.

Add a small dab of glue to the inside of each end cap and then insert the leather. Leave to dry.

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Step 2. Glue your gem stones into place – I kept my colours random but you could do any variation you like. Leave to dry.

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Step 3. Fix a lobster clasp to one end using a jump ring (this post explains how to open and close a jump ring) and a large jump to the other.

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It really is that simple, my new bracelet is already sitting happily on my wrist with some other old friends. Happy Making everyone!

Leather and cord ends kindly gifted for use in this project from Endless Leather. Tutorial, styling and photography all me.

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