Jewelry Making With Leather: Celtic Knots & Leather Cord

February 25, 2017 | Tutorials

Materials Needed:

  • 3 feet of leather cord
  • Metal clasp/closure
  • Jewelry Super Glue

 

Before getting started I suggest prepping the leather cord. Most of the time the cord is sold in lengths wrapped around card board which creates kinks in the material. To make it easier to use I wrap the cord around a glass bottle then fill the bottle with boiling water and let it cool. This will reshape the leather into a more usable state.

Once the leather is a more fluid shape, divide it in half and create a loop, leaving yourself about and 1.5 inches at the top for connecting your clasp.

Next bring the left section of strands behind the loop.

Then bring the remaining strand under the now right set of strands. I know this sounds a bit confusing, so I hope the pictures will help with this explanation.

Now, here is the complicated bit….the strand that went behind the loop is the one you will use to weave through. Yikes, trying to explain this is difficult. I will be including a link to my live demonstration of this at the bottom of this tutorial.

Here is where you will want to pull the ends to bring it a bit tighter. Then organize and straighten the individual strands. Once you have them where you want them pull the knot tight. And there you have it…your first Celtic style knot. Now repeat until you have the desired length. Make sure you take into account the length of the clasp.

Now it is time to glue the clasp on. I like to use large chunky claps to make it part of the bracelet you want to see. Cut the ends down to the depth of your clasp and add a bit of glue. You will have to gauge the amount to the depth and shape of the clasp. Be careful to not over due it…the glue will be pushed out all over your leather and probably your fingers.

 

Hold the leather in place for a minute or so then do the other side. Let the glue set completely for a couple of hours.

 

 

If you need more visual instruction take a look at a recording of the live class we did. If you are interested in watching more live classes with KraftJoy on Facebook view our calendar of upcoming classes!

 

 

 

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Leather Jewelry Making with KraftJoy

Posted by KraftJoy on Saturday, February 25, 2017

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