Monday, July 4, 2016

Stars and Stripes Sof-Suede Bracelet

Patriotic leather lace bracelet in cranberry, sandy beach and cadet blue studded with silver star charms and featuring a crystal studded heart focal.

Red, white and blue....Stars and Stripes. Today I'm putting my spin on Stars and Stripes for the 4th of July.
Suede leather lace bracelet in shades of cranberry red, sand and cadet blue create the stripes dotted with silver star beads. The focal is a crystal studded heart slider bead.

Silver Creek Leather recently added some new colours to their Sof-Suede colour range and two of them are just perfect for the nostalgic feel of this bracelet: Cadet Blue and Cranberry. Combined with Sandy Beach, and you have a soft vintage look.

To make this bracelet, you'll need:

Silver Creek Leather Sof-Suede Lace: Cadet Blue, Cranberry and Sandy Beach (Michael's is also carrying these new colours)
Brass and Crystal Heart Slider (Hobby Lobby)
2 13mm silver ribbon crimps
10 6mm silver star beads
28g silver wire
adhesive tape
2 4mm silver jump rings
Silver press stud clasp (aka hitch and ball)

Tools: flush cutters, chain nose pliers

Cut two 8" pieces of Sandy Beach and one piece each of Cranberry and Cadet Blue. Thread one of the Cadet Blue pieces through the heart slider diagonally from the top left hand hole, down to the second bottom hole on the right.
Cadet Blue leather lace is strung the the heart slider diagonally.

Insert the Sandy Beach lace from the middle hole on the left through the bottom hole on the right.
Sandy Beach leather lace is strung through the heart slider diagonally alongside the Cadet Blue lace.

Now repeat on the other side using the second piece of Sandy Beach lace. It should pass under the Cadet Blue lace and over the first Sandy Beach lace.
Sandy Beach lace is threaded through the heart slider and woven over and under the other laces.

Insert the Cranberry lace in through the middle hole on the right hand side of the slider, over the Cadet Blue lace and under the Sandy Beach lace, exiting from the bottom hole on the left.
The Cranberry lace is threaded over and under the Cadet Blue and Sand Beach laces, parallel to the 2nd Sandy Beach lace.

Cut a 15cm piece of wire. Flip the heart slider over to the back. On the right hand side, wrap the wire around the Cranberry and Sandy Beach laces so they lie side by side.
Wrap the wire around two laces to bind them together.

Bring the wires to the front and insert the wires through a star bead. Wrap the wires around the back of the laces and bring them back to the front again. Insert them through the star bead and then repeat twice more so that the star bead is secure.
A star bead is strung on the wire and sits on the laces.

Trim each of the wires close to the bead. Repeat this process with the Cadet Blue and Sandy Beach laces.
Using flush cutters to cut the excess wire close to the bead.

Add additional stars evenly along the Sof-Suede so that it looks like this.
The leather lace stripes has been strung with star beads.

Align the laces so they are sitting flat and place them on a piece of adhesive tape.
The leather lace ends have been placed on a piece of adhesive tape to keep them aligned.

Trim the ends evenly to the length you require for your bracelet. Remember to take into account the space the clasp will take up.
Using flush cutters to trim the lace ends to the required length of the bracelet.

Place the ribbon crimp over the ends and press the teeth into the suede lace until the laces are secure. Repeat at the other end of the bracelet.
Using chain nose pliers to flatten the ribbon crimp over the ends of the lace.

Attach one half of the clasp to each end of the bracelet with the jump rings.
Connecting one half of the the press stud clasp to the bracelet with a jump ring using two pairs of chain nose pliers.

Happy 4th of July to all my American friends!

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'Til next time.....

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