These Rolo chain & leather bracelets couldn’t be easier to make. Literally about five minutes… it actually takes longer to gather all your supplies.
They are fun bracelets to make, comfortable to wear and can mixed and matched in so many ways using different finishes and colors.
- 7mm Rolo Chain, finish your choice, length to be determined by the width of the piece you want. ( 7″ x number of width, plus some ease for trimming, so a 4 wide bracelet would need about 30″, or 3 feet).
- 2 yards of 1.5mm Leather cord, color your choice
- 2 Large holed beads
- Cut your chain into 6 to 7″ lengths. You want it to be a bit shorter than the finished size of the bracelet. I used 7″. Cut the number of lengths that you want for the chosen width of the bracelet 3, 4, 5 or more. And before you cut you need to know that each length of chain needs to start with a link facing sideways so you can run the leather through the set of links. Cut the chain so the links are facing the same way, Rolo chain links go forward, sideways, forward… the links are at 90 degree angles to each other.
- Once you have all the lengths cut with the links lined up in the same direction, take your piece of leather and run through the first set of links so that it is centered. Take each end and run them through the next set of side facing links, skipping the front facing ones, so it’s every other set of links. Run one end through the links from the left and one from the right, so they pass each other from both directions and you end up with the ends out both ends ready to use again. Firm up the fit, not too much just enough to eliminate any extra, then continue on lacing the ends through every set of side facing links till you reach the end of the chain.
- Now, take the ends and run both through the original beginning set of links, so that first set will end up with three strands of leather through it and the bracelet will be a circle now. Try it on, pulling it loose enough to get it over your hand and note how much needs to be loosened up to get it on. Cut both of the ends about three inches longer than needed to get it on, and slip a bead on each end, tying a knot at the end to trap the bead. Trim up the end close to the knot. This will keep it from un-threading. If the ends are too long for you, its easy to adjust the ends to fit after you have tried it on. Just clip off the knot and re-tie to shorten them. Better longer than shorter though!
There you have it! Quick easy and fun. No one needs to know how easy they are to make, let them think you are a master at your craft! And, this can be a great Father’s Day gift, Birthday gift, Thank you gift, well you get the idea!
The Team @ Bello Modo