What dad wouldn't be proud to sport hex nuts and leather on his wrist?
Step 1: What You Need
- A leather boot lace
- 10-12 hex nuts Jewelry wire (I used 20 gauge)
- Pliers (either nylon jaw or flat.. Don't use pliers with 'teeth')
- A lobster claw hook
Step 2: Preparing the Lace
Cut a piece of wire about 5 or 6 inches long.
Twist the wire around one end, leaving a loop of leather above it
Step 3: Wrap the End
For extra 'staying power' you can pull the wire through the loop and use it to either secure the end of the down to the bracelet or make a loop to use as a hook.
(If your lobster claw is small, you'll probably need the loop, if it's larger, you can use the leather loop to clasp. )
Use your pliers to press the wire ends firmly into the leather so they aren't scratchy.
Step 4: Start Braiding
Start a simple braid.
Make the braid fairly tight.
When the braid is about 2" long, move onto the next step.
Step 5: Add Hex Nuts to the Braid
Complete the braid stitch, pulling the leather tight.
Add two more hex nuts to the next stitch, following this pattern until you have 10-12 hex nuts braided into the bracelet.
Step 6: Finish the Braid
Step 7: Add a Clasp
Fold it in half and string the clasp so it hangs from the bend in the wire.
You might want to give the wire a twist to keep the clasp in place.
Place the clasp against the end of the braided section of the bracelet and wrap the wire TIGHTLY around the braid.
Wrap the two ends of the wire in opposite directions so that they cross in front and back of the braid.
Once you have the wire wrapped as tight as you can, press the ends down, into the braid.
Use the pliers to flatten the ends so they don't stick out and scratch Dad's wrist.
Step 8: Finish!
Hook the clasp to the leather loop or wire loop you made in the beginning step.
And, done! Wrap it up for an awesome, one of a kind present for your awesome, one of a kind Dad!
(Trying to figure out how long to make this for a surprise for Dad? Here's a tip.. If he's a watch wearer, measure his watch to the 'used' hole in the band to see what size is comfortable for his wrist)