March 03, 2012

Leather Wrap Bracelets

I made a bunch of these leather wrap bracelets last year and they continue to intrigue me.  What I like about this style is that I have never seen two the same.  With the vast and beautiful array of  4-6mm beads available, there is no end to color combinations.
 I personally like a mix of gemstones and picasso glass beads adding little czech cubes for interest.  Using all gemstones is costly but the look is well worth it.  
For the top two bracelets, I used one of my lampwork beads for the clasp.  I found a plaid cloth covered button for the third one and it sets off the white leather quite nicely. 

 I have a big box of buttons that I scrounged from my mother's home and some of them are quite old.  Part of the fun of making this style is finding a suitable button that compliments the beads and leather.  I take pictures on a macro setting by a window where there is an abundance of natural light.  I love how the picasso glass shines with colors that are not apparent when you look at the bead.  I would have to say that Picasso and Czech glass are some of my favorites.

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