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Father's Day Leather Boot Lace & Hex Nut Bracelet

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Make Dad's day with this tough, unique bracelet!
What dad wouldn't be proud to sport hex nuts and leather on his wrist?


 
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Step 1: What You Need

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  • 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')
  • Scissors
  • A lobster claw hook

Step 2: Preparing The Lace

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Fold the boot lace into thirds, so you have a loop at each end.
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

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Wrap the wire TIGHTLY around the lace.
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

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Cut the other end of your lace (the end you did not wrap with wire) so you have three ends to work with.
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

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For this step, it's probably easiest to follow the pictures.... As you braid, add a hex nut to both outside laces.
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

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Braid another two inches or so past the last hex nut, making both sides of plain braid about equal length.
Nice idea man. Keep up the good work.
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StrangeDucks (author) 1 year ago
Thanks for the comments. The bracelet is actually comfy to wear because the leather softens quite a bit in the braiding, sliding on the nut process. It's not stiff at all. I have made one for myself, too, and get tons of compliments on it!
I wonder how comfortable it is? No matter what it's very cool looking and manly for pop's day.
rockyt1 year ago
Very nice!