Tips for Success for Leather Wrap Bracelets

In an effort to go green, we have consolidated our "Tips for Success" sheet that is normally printed on paper and included with all Leather Wrap Bracelet kit orders. We are publishing them here so you may have electronic access to them whenever you like!

We hope these tips help you achieve success with making your bracelet! We welcome your feedback and suggestions to make these tips more useful for everyone. Please contact us through this website if you want to suggest new tips to be added here.

Again, these tips are specifically for the Leather Wrap Bracelet making kits.  All other style kits include instructions that are printed and included in the kit package.

Tip #1:  Please watch our Leather Wrap Bracelet video tutorial BEFORE you complete this kit!  As mentioned on all of the leather wrap bracelet product descriptions, the COMPLETE instruction for the leather wrap bracelet is on our YouTube Channel. If you haven't watched the video, the easiest way to view it is to click here to view it at the bottom of our home page.

Tip #2:  We've conditioned the thread and threaded the needle.
Please be careful unwinding your thread and needle to prevent it from getting too tangled. You should definitely expect the thread to get a *little* tangled as you're working, but the thread conditioner should prevent it from getting too terribly tangled. Please work out any random knots/tangles before they get too tight!

Tip #3: We've included extra beads in the kit - you may not have to use all of them!  Since we don't know your wrist size, we included a few extra beads.  Make sure you measure the bracelet around your wrist as you are working to ensure you don't make it too big or too small. If you have an average size writs, it's very probable you won't use all of the beads. If your wrist is above average in diameter, hopefully you contacted us ahead of time to let us know so we had a chance to provide you with additional beads with your order.

Tip #4: Lay out your beads in whatever pattern you like! 
Feel free to be creative!! You can always follow the patterns shown in our images but always feel free to make whatever pattern you like! 

Tip #5: Please remember these 2 words:  Thread Tension!
>>> This tip is the Holy Grail for making this bracelet!!! <<<

If you don't have enough thread tension, you risk splitting your thread, creating tangles and/or creating knots. If you have too much thread tension, your fingers will hurt and you could potentially slice through your leather and break the thread!

As you pass your needle and thread through the beads, pull the thread firmly enough so the thread lays straight and tight on the leather. The beads should NOT move loosely in between the leather and the thread should NOT appear to "bubble" on the leather.  Look at the photos provided in all of our product descriptions to see how tight and even the thread is on our bracelets. It takes practice!

Tip #6: You may need to reinforce beads if they have larger holes.
If you use proper tension when sewing you beads between the leather but you find the beads still seem "loose", it is wise to pass through the bead 2 or 3 more times to make them feel more secure on the bracelet. Or, to add extra stability to a bracelet, you may find reinforcing a bead every now and again is helpful.

Tip #7: Please don't force your needle through a bead!
Beads are NOT created perfectly. With that in mind, if you are trying to reinforce a bead by passing your needle back through it but it will no longer budge...then please don't force it!  You risk breaking the bead, breaking the needle, and shredding the thread. Our rule of thumb is to try and reinforce the very first and last beads on the bracelet, but if the holes are to small, it's ok!

Tip #8: If you ordered a kit with 3 or more wraps, we've included additional thread and written instruction on how to add thread. Since we do not cover this topic in the video tutorial, we've provided the written instruction. Ideally, when you add thread, you want the knots small enough to almost "disappear" next to the beads.  Honestly, no one will look closely enough to see how you've added thread so please do not worry if your knots are not perfect.


The following are specific tips focusing on the various types of beads we use in our kits:

OVAL GLASS AND STACKED BEAD KIT:
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Use the smaller beads to start and end the bracelet with a series of stacked beads that graduate up/down.  The idea is to fill the gap that is created between the leather knot and the first glass oval bead. (We talk about filling that gap in our video tutorial.) You will begin the bracelet with one small bead, the next row will be 2 small beads stacked, then 3 stacked beads before you move to your first glass oval bead (you will do the opposite at the end of the bracelet). You will also use the smaller beads in stacks placed randomly between the glass oval beads in whatever pattern you've laid out.

2-HOLE TILE BEAD KIT:
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The tiny seed beads replace the metal "start" and "end" beads shown in the video! As you will see in the photo of the completed bracelet, the bracelet starts and ends with a series of seed beads that graduate up/down.  You will begin the bracelet with one tiny seed bead, the next row will be 2 seeds, then 3 seeds, then finally a row of 4 seed beads before you move to your first 2-hole Tile bead (you will do the opposite at the end of the bracelet). If you are following our pattern, you will separate each Tile with 4 seed beads.

Thread tension is critical when working with 2-Hole Tiles:
When adding the 2-hole Tile beads, you will notice very quickly if you have enough thread tension since the tiles will not lay flat and will "bounce around" if you don't secure them tight enough. PLEASE make sure you pass through BOTH holes of the Tile beads as you are adding each individual Tile onto the bracelet.  Treat EACH hole of the tile bead as if it is a new bead being added.  To put things in perspective, for each individual Tile, you end up making a total
of 4 passes through the bead! (A normal single hole bead gets only 2 complete passes.)

Kits with 3MM or 4mm "STACKED" Beads:
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No need for the small "start" and "end" metal beads. Since these kits contain small beads, there is no need to start and end the bracelet using the metal beads as shown in the tutorial. Just start with a single bead and reinforce it by passing through it a couple times.  The next row, you will thread 2 beads to "stack" them... continue to do this the rest of the bracelet.  At the end, only use one bead and reinforce it a couple times.

You may notice your thread "drag" as you pass through the small 3mm and 4mm faceted glass beads.
These beautiful beads are coated with a finish that adds extra glimmer.  The coating tends to clog the openings on each side of the bead.  As you pull your thread through the beads, it may "drag" or feel like it's getting caught/hung up in the bead. Gently pull the thread to back it out a little and then continue pulling like normal.  Try not to let the thread shred.

4MM BEAD KIT (round stone or glass kit):
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No need for the small "start" and "end" metal beads.
Since this kit contains 4mm beads, there is no need to specifically start and end the bracelet using the metal beads as shown in the tutorial. You can just reinforce the very first and very last beads on the bracelet by passing through them a couple extra times (we usually make 4 total passes through the first and last beads). If your kit already comes with metal beads as part of the pattern, you don't necessarily have to start/end with those beads.  It's up to you!

6MM BEAD KIT:
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The small "start" and "end" beads shown in the video are optional.
 We don't always use the start and end metal beads in our 6mm bracelets like we did in our video tutorial.  They are completely optional!  If we have included them in your kit, it is entirely up to you if you choose to use them.

3.5 MM FRESHWATER PEARL KIT:
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You will only use a single thread as you string through the beads.
The holes in these pearls are very very tiny! To make it easier to work with the beads, you will only use one thread as you pass through the beads (the video shows that the thread is doubled but, for these beads, you will ONLY use a single thread as you pass through twice). You will also only tie one end of your thread to the leather to begin the bracelet. Make a double knot.

GLASS CUBE BEAD KIT:
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No need to specifically "start" and "end" with the small metal beads.  Since this kit contains small beads, there is no need to specifically start and end the bracelet using the metal beads as shown in the tutorial. You can just reinforce the very first and very last beads on the bracelet by passing through them a couple extra times (we usually make 4 total passes through the first and last beads).

Choose whatever pattern you like!
Feel free to create whatever pattern you like as you are working on this bracelet. The photo shows how we used 5 glass beads, then a metal bead, then 5 more glass beads, etc. But you can mix it up however you like! :-)

SWAROVSKI "WAVY" PEARL BEAD KIT and also
AUTUMN FIESTA BRACELET
 


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The small "start" and "end" beads shown in the video are optional.
Since this pattern uses 4mm beads, there is no need to use the metal beads shown in the tutorial, so the metal beads are not included in this kit.  You can just reinforce the very first and very last beads on the bracelet by passing through them a couple extra times (w usually make  total passes through the first and last beads).

Swarovski pearls usually have a "good" hole and a "not so good" hole!  As you thread your pearls onto the needle, you may notice one side of the pearl is easier to thread than the other.  This is due to the pearl coating process used by Swarovski when making the pearls. Be sure to flip your pearls around to find the "easier" hole as you are working.

Make sure you use firm thread tension as you transition from larger to smaller and smaller to larger beads! You may need to reinforce the beads as you work to make sure the beads don't separate from the leather and create gaps.

STACKED SEED BEAD KIT:
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No need for the small "start" and "end" metal beads. Since this kit contains small glass seed beads, there is no need to start and end the bracelet using the metal beads as shown in the tutorial. Just start with a single bead and reinforce it by passing through it a couple times. The next row, you will thread 2 beads to "stack" them...the third row, thread 3 beads to "stack" them...continue to stack seed beads for the rest of the bracelet.  At the end, graduate down (4 stacked beads, 3 stacked beads, etc) and only use one bead for the very end and reinforce it a couple of times.

TRIPLE WRAP - EARTH TONES BEAD KIT:
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Lay out the beads in whatever pattern you wish! But be sure to start and end the bracelet with the smallest beads to help bring the leather closer together. 

We strongly recommend reinforcing the large hole beads used in this bracelet kit by passing your needle and thread back through the bead a second time to ensure stability.

Make sure you use firm thread tension as you transition from larger to smaller and smaller to larger beads! You may need to reinforce the beads as you work to make sure the beads don't separate from the leather and create gaps. You may also "stack" 2 smaller seed beads together to help make the transition from larger to smaller beads or vice versa.