Leather Wrap Tutorial

Posted by Johnnie on 9/27/2012 to Bead School

Leather Wrapping Guide

Bracelet Materials Needed

  • 11 Swarovski 14mm Square Beads
  • 1 Swarovski 17mm Trapezoid Button Bead
  • 24" 1.5mm Leather
  • 24" 0.8 Chinese Knotting Cord

Tools and Supplies Needed

  • GS Hypo Cement
  • Clip Board
  • Nipper Tool
  • Lighter
  • Binder Clips


Load button on to 1.5mm Leather cord. Center button on leather.

Clip button and leather onto your clipboard.

Use binder clips to secure both ends of your cord to the bottom of your clip board.

Take 0.8mm Chinese knotting cord, and create 3 patterns of Shamballa Knots (Technique shown in diagram below. For more detailed knotting instructions, refer to our shamballa guide in the bead school).

Knotting Diagram

Un-clip your bracelet from the clipboard and trim excess knotting cord, leaving 2mm's for burning.

Use your lighter to burn the excess trim you left.

Take your nippers and angel cut both ends of your leather to make loading the beads easier. Load your beads starting with the bead color you have the most of.

Clip your Bracelet back onto your clip board.

Use 0.8mm Chinese knotting cord to create another 3 patterns of shamballa knots. Cut excess knotting cord, leaving 2mm's for burning, and BURN BABY, BURN!

Remove your bracelet from the clip board, and tie a knot in the leather, leaving a 3/4 inch opening. (button should move through opening fairly easily).

Once you've sized up your opening, pull leather tight, and glue your knot with GS Hypo Cement.

That's a pretty great looking bracelet you made there!

Leather Wrapping Guide

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