Estimated time: 2-3 Hours
Inspired by the amazing Colorado River working its way through the Grand Canyon, Deep River is an easy project for beaders of all levels. Based on 5 Wrap Tahoe, these ingredients will make a 4-5 multi-wrap bracelet and take less than three hours to complete.
Please review the Project Map and Notes below before downloading the Tahoe 5-Wrap PDF. Then, just get out your beads, your leather, and a few tools and away you go. Happy Beading!
6/0 Miyuki Seed Beads
Deep River will make a 4-5 Wrap Tahoe Bracelet. The sample measures 35 inches long from the tip of the loop to the toggle bar. It will wrap five times around a small wrist. Please read the Sample Notes below before you download the Tahoe Project Handout.
Unlike the samples in the Tahoe PDF Handout, Deep River uses a Toggle Clasp: a Circle and Bar. Begin by cutting your 3 yards of leather into two pieces: one 2-yard piece and one 1-yard piece.
Feed the 2-yard length of leather through the loop of the Circle until the ends are evenly divided. String one Transitions Bead up the tails of leather until it rests comfortably by the loop. Make sure there’s a little wiggle room for the toggle to move.
Feed the end of the 1 yard length of leather into the middle of the Transitions Bead and use the Chain Nose Pliers to flatten the Transitions Bead so that all pieces of leather are secure and stationary.
Use your Cutter to remove any excess leather from the middle leather strand near the clasp.
Select the middle leather strand and begin stringing on a random pattern of your beads. There are 8 sections of beads each separated by a Transitions Bead. Each section is about 4 inches* in length. Be sure to leave a bit of air (about 1/4 inch) on the leather so the beads will have room to move. Follow Tahoe Handout instructions for securing the Transitions Beads with your Chain Nose Pliers.
It helps to divide your beads into eight piles so you have enough beads to string them evenly throughout the project.
*If your wrist is larger than 7 inches (and many are!), your sections can be as long as 4-1/2 inches each. If the length of leather will only fit 4 times around your wrist, space the beads out accordingly. Be sure to always leave 2-3 inches of leather at the end so you can secure the toggle bar.
Continue each section stringing your beads randomly and crimping a Transitions bead in place.
When you have the desired length, string on your last Transitions Bead. Leave a bit of room for the beads to move around on the leather. Adjust the leather so they are even in length and evenly spaced on the Transitions Bead. Feed the middle strand of leather through the loop of the Toggle Bar and back through the Transitions Bead. Make sure the loop of the leather allows the Bar to move freely. Using your Pliers, flatten the Transitions Bead securing all three strands of leather. Cut away the excess tails of leather with your Cutter. Now, doesn’t that look great? Congratulations!