For years now I’ve been making jewelry, sewing, crocheting, and being a DIYer in general and have always played around with the idea of selling what I make, so I finally opened my Etsy shop, Banaya Trading Company. I had originally planned on opening a marketplace on staceyaltamirano.com, but decided that Etsy would be the place to go since they already have a larger market and customer base.
One of the most popular items in my shop, Banaya Trading Company, is the Braided Leather Arrow Bracelet.
It is a simple bracelet to make if you have the patience to work a perfect braid and are familiar with using jewelry making tools like pliers and wire crimpers. The leather can be a little pricey but there are alternative materials.
BRAIDED LEATHER ARROW BRACELET
- About 1 yard of 2-3 mm wide leather cording (or other material) in any color you want
- Arrow Pendant with at least 1 threading hole, preferably 2
- 1 lobster closure
- 2-9mm crimps
- 2 small jump rings
- Small needle nose pliers
- Wire crimpers or flat-nosed pliers
Step 1: Measure your wrist and add 1/4 inch. This should be the total length of your bracelet, including closures. Cut your leather cording into 3 equal strands. Stack them on top of each other and squeeze one crimp around it. Add a jump ring to the crimp and attach your lobster closure.
Step 2: Begin your braid. Braid until you’ve reached about 1/3 of the total length of your bracelet.
Step 3: Single out the center braid strand and string the pendant onto the braid. Flip the pendant out of the way and continue braiding until you’ve reached the length of the arrow.
Step 4: Take a jump ring and open it up with your pliers and slip it around the shaft of the arrow and the center strand of the braid. Close the jump ring.
Step 5: Continue braiding until you’ve almost reached your total length…about 1/4 inch short. Take another crimp and crimp the end of your braid, making a small loop with one of the strands if you don’t want to use a jump ring to secure your lobster closure to. Trim the remaining cording.
Step 6: After you’ve trimmed the leather, secure your new bracelet around your wrist and show it off to the world!