Aim For Your Goal - Arrow Leather Bracelet Tutorial

29 01 2014 DIY

Do you have an important goal for 2014?

It's quite easy to come up with goals especially in the beginning of a New Year but apparently it's difficult to not lose track of it once the daily routine starts kicking in again and gets the better of us.

We often just simply forget about our goal because it's "out of sight".

Choosing a symbol like an arrow is a great way for a visible reminder. And what is more visible than something around your wrist, right?

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I really like bracelets and rings for this reason - it's nice that you are actually able to see what you are wearing.

Of course you can also choose any other symbol that speaks to you.

Here is what you need for a leather bracelet for a wrist size 6,5'' or 16cm. Please adjust the length of the leather strip to your need.

The bracelet is supposed to tightly fit around the wrist so it is snug.

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- A strip of leather - mine was about 22.5cm long, 2cm wide and 1mm thick.

- 25cm of leather cord about 1.3mm diameter

- A little button or a larger bead as a closure

- Scissors

- A punch to make small holes or a big sewing needle for just poking the holes 

- Glue (I used a multipurpose Gluestick which stated leather as one of the materials and it worked well)

- Thinner beading thread or any other strong sewing thread

- A sewing needle that fits the thread and through the holes of your beads (The leather lady gifted me with a special leather needle - YES, she had a really GOOD day...BUT I lost it (bummer!!!) and therefore just took a regular small sewing needle and it worked well)

 - Little beads for sewing your symbol. I had so called Miyuki beads from the craft store (the shiny golden ones on the cognac leather) and also some of my beloved facetted spacer beads. (I get a lot of questions from readers asking about these facetted metal beads. I bought mine at a bead shop in Santa Barbara, but that shop went out of business. You could try Rings&Things  or Baubles&Beads or this Etsy Shop.) Though I found, that the smaller, more regular beads worked better and more accurate if you are aiming to sew a symbol and not only a single line of beads.

Start by cutting off two 1cm pieces of your leather strip.

Then make three small holes according to the picture about 2cm away from one end. Looks like a little astonished face, doesn't it? :-)

Be careful if you use a big needle for poking the holes. Go back and forth to make the holes large enough for the leather cord to fit through.

Thread your cords through the holes making the two knots on your way. Try to estimate the size of the loop to fit your button.

Pull your cord until the knots are close to the strip and make another overhand knot with the endings of the cord. Cut the endings of the cord.

Now bend 2cm leather on each end of your strip and glue them together back to back. The leather cord closure sits right on the edge.

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arrow leather bracelet tutorial by lebenslustiger.com, Anleitung für ein Lederarmband mit Pfeilsymbol Now take your 2x small 1cm pieces and glue them onto the backside accordingly to the picture to give your bracelet a bit more stability.

Now take your 2x small 1cm pieces and glue them onto the backside accordingly to the picture to give your bracelet a bit more stability.

Take your button or bead and sew it onto the other side. Create a little "room" between the button and the leather for the leather cord to grip.

I used a vintage brass button on the dark brown bracelet and that button already had room underneath.

I actually love the rose quartz bead the best for the closure. I went up through the bead and then threaded another small bead on top and went back through the rose quartz bead. Can you see it on the picture?

arrow leather bracelet tutorial by lebenslustiger.com, Anleitung für ein Lederarmband mit Pfeilsymbol Now take your 2x small 1cm pieces and glue them onto the backside accordingly to the picture to give your bracelet a bit more stability.

Time to sew on your symbol!

Now take your 2x small 1cm pieces and glue them onto the backside accordingly to the picture to give your bracelet a bit more stability. arrow leather bracelet tutorial by lebenslustiger.com, Anleitung für ein Lederarmband mit Pfeilsymbol

It worked best for me to just do a longer strip of threaded beads than sewing on each single bead. I wasn't able to create a straight line by sewing on each bead or every second or fixing the thread by going across and in-between the beads. Just play a little around and see what works best for you.

Now my beads are kinda loosely but when I wear the bracelet it fits snug around my wrist and makes the beads sit perfectly aligned.

That's it!

Arrow leather bracelet tutorial by lebenslustiger.com, Anleitung für ein Lederarmband mit Pfeilsymbol Now take your 2x small 1cm pieces and glue them onto the backside accordingly to the picture to give your bracelet a bit more stability.

As I said - other designs will work as well - even a simple line of beads looks beautiful - but I really like to look at a powerful symbol like an arrow on my wrist.

Makes me feel energized and focused -  aiming right at my goal(s)! :) 

Happy Day,

Anette 

P.S. An arrow is also a nice symbol for something coming up next month: Valentine's Day!!! 

P.S.S it's Creadienstag today... 

And... 

You can find my rosé-gold jewelry line here in my own shop  or my other lines at Etsy and DaWanda

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Thanks so much!!! 



Poppytalks Best Of 2013 DIYS

30 12 2013

Hooray!!! 

I just found out that my leather wrap bracelet tutorial made #1 of Poppytalks list of the 10 best DIYS of 2013!

I worked quite some time on this tutorial to come up with a new way of weaving the beads inbetween the leather strings and now being featured like this on one of the most established and influential lifestyle blogs makes me really happy and proud. 

Thanks so much to Jan of Poppytalk and also to all my dear readers and visitors for the continuos and heartwarming support here on lebenslustiger.com.

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Happy Day,

Anette 


Polymer Clay Beads Necklace DIY

28 12 2013

Easy peasy and quickly done - a perfect little DIY for the time between the years.

Also great for your party outfit if you are going to celebrate New Years Eve... 

I show the How-to today at "Dramaqueen At Work" where I have been invited for a guest post.

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Happy Day,

Anette 


Quick And Easy Candle DIY - Makes A Perfekt Gift

10 12 2013 DIY

Who doesn't like some pretty and unique candles, right?

I think, they make a perfekt handmade gift for everyone.

Done in a few minutes and with very few requirements one usually has at home anyway.

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You need:

- white or creme candles, size and length is your choice

- some pretty paper napkins with designs that would fit on a narrow and long candle. I especially liked to use the ones with text.

- scissors

- an old teaspoon

- a tea-light 

Start by pulling apart all layers of your paper napkin until only the top one with the design is left. Cut - or - and I like this best - tear out your design.

Lay out on your candle until you are happy with the look. 

Start with holding one piece in place with your fingers.

Warm the teaspoon like shown on the picture over the tea-light for about 30 seconds.

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Now - using the warm rounded part of your spoon - stroke gently and quickly allover your napkin piece melting the paper right onto the candle.

Then do the next piece until your design is complete.

You will quickly get a feeling for the right temperature and the gentle pressure you need. 

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So fun to make!

In no time and with very little investment you can create lot's of unique candles.

Happy Day,

Anette 

P.S. Today is Creadienstag

P.S.S. 

You can find my rosé-gold jewelry line here in my own shop  or my other lines at Etsy and DaWanda

If you like to further connect there is more lebenslustiger on FBTwitterTumblrInstagram and Pinterest

Thanks so much!!!