Mystery Braided Leather Cuff Bracelet
Look at this braid. Now look at your man. Now back to the braid. The braid is all one piece.
This jawn is so, so very someone’s-mom-made-it-at-summer-camp-in-the-70’s-so-it’s-totally-retro-now-and-I’m-gonna-sell-it-at-a-$60-markup-on-my-Market-Publique-vintage-e-store, but I can’t help but be attracted to it. I found the tutorial (where else) on Martha Stewart’s website, where all great things originate*.
And then I found a cheap square of raw leather at the craft store, I knew it was fate**.
The tutorial can be a little bit confusing at first; it lacks pictures for the last step, and even though they’re almost the same as the first few steps, you can still get turned around about where exactly the twists and pulls go. Keep at it; I tried probably five or six times before I got it, and it’s almost impossible to destroy leather, so just untangle it and start over if you get messed up.
Looks like a braid on the wrist, but here’s what it looks like when it’s not being worn:
Bam! Blowing your mind.
I’m excited to punch holes in the ends to join them together and actually finish this piece, because I’ve been meaning to buy an awl (because I want to teach myself bookbinding), and this gives me a good excuse to do it. Although, my experience with needle-felting taught me that I’m not to be trusted with very very sharp craft instruments. But whatever, this project is meant to teach me crafting techniques, not life lessons.
Also, check out those goosebumps. Yeah. It’s December 21st and we haven’t turned on the heat in my apartment yet. Lots of Snuggies up in here.
*Not actually true, crafter is known to exaggerate when sleep-deprived.
**Also to unintentionally rhyme the ends of her paragraphs.