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  • Jaclen commented on Natalina's instructable Wrap Bracelet1 month ago
    Wrap Bracelet

    Hi owenswise,Just saw this, so sorry it's so late! This might seem like a tough problem, but it's an easy fix. I made a leather necklace too short once and I didn't want to undo all my work either. You know what Carpenters say? "Measure twice, cut once!" But we all screw up a few times! My fix for a too short necklace was to add more leather and make more buttonholes. Now I can wear it at several different lengths. Lots of leather bracelets are made deliberately with two or more buttonholes to start with, so people have more flexibility in the size.For a bracelet that needs an extra inch, adding another button holeis really a great solution. You can tie your leather to the existing button hole to extend it. To make it more professional looking, you can also undo the kn...see more »Hi owenswise,Just saw this, so sorry it's so late! This might seem like a tough problem, but it's an easy fix. I made a leather necklace too short once and I didn't want to undo all my work either. You know what Carpenters say? "Measure twice, cut once!" But we all screw up a few times! My fix for a too short necklace was to add more leather and make more buttonholes. Now I can wear it at several different lengths. Lots of leather bracelets are made deliberately with two or more buttonholes to start with, so people have more flexibility in the size.For a bracelet that needs an extra inch, adding another button holeis really a great solution. You can tie your leather to the existing button hole to extend it. To make it more professional looking, you can also undo the knot on the first button hole and make one knot with the new piece, joining the two, so it looks like you intended to have two button holes, and it doesn't look like an extra piece was added on. When you make your knot, put glue inside the knot, then tie it so it's snug. You can cut off any ends that show from the first button hole, but carefully glue where you cut them so they won't come undone. It usually takes 24 hrs for the glue to cure, and then you can wear it.You can add a leather buttonhole and button to any kind of bracelet you want, as long as there's some kind of link on the end to tie the leather to! I've done it just to give a bracelet a 'softer' or a more rustic look. You can attach a larger closed jump ring to the end and tie on a piece of leather to that, then make a button hole out of it. You need a button on the other end secured with either wire or leather. Then just knot your leather, measure a button hole, and add another knot at the end. I like to use barrel knots, but use what you think looks good for the style of the bracelet. Measure your button so it fits in the hole, and leave two pieces of short leather after the last knot, cutting the ends at an angle. Put glue inside the knots before you tighten them using either "Super New Glue" using a toothpick or you can also use the fine point on GS Hyper Cement, used for fine work. Both work great! I hope these instructions are clear enough to follow.Thanks so much for your question, and good luck with that. Let me know how it works for you!~Jaclen

    Hi JeanB77,Thanks so much for your kind words. I really appreciate that!~Jaclen

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  • Jaclen commented on Natalina's instructable Wrap Bracelet6 months ago
    Wrap Bracelet

    Thanks so much JeanB77 - Info that helps everyone needs to be shared! Beading is great fun, better than therapy, and shouldn't be frustrating! Happy beading all! ~Jaclen

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