Dancing Pearls Bracelet Tutorial

Dancing Pearls Bracelet Tutorial

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Believe it or not, our Dancing Pearls kits have been around since 2014 (WHAAATTT??) and they continue to be a best seller 3 years later.  They’re just so fun and we can’t get enough!!  This bracelet is a really playful, easy way to combine leather, chain, and large hole beads.  We’ve used large hole pearls in this project, but you could use large hole gemstones if you prefer (or really any large hole beads that you want to use)!  As long as one strand of your leather will go through the beads, you can use them.  We use our Spanish Knot technique in this project, so you may want to check out our Spanish Knot Bracelet Tutorial for additional practice before you begin.

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You will need:

1.5mm leather (3 feet)

Large hole freshwater pearls (28)

Button (1)

TierraCast oval chain (8 1/2 inches)

GS Hypo glue (red)

Cutters for leather

Flat nose pliers (2)

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1. Place your button on the 3 feet of leather, half way down. Hold the leather under the button with your left thumb and finger.

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2. Hold the leather under the button with your left thumb and finger.  Take right strand of leather and place it under the left strand.  Hold it with your right hand where it crosses, forming a 1 inch “D”.

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3. Flip the same strand of leather over the top of the center strand.  Again, hold it where it crosses under the button.

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4. Next, take the left strand of leather and place it over the strand going out to the right.

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5. Then take the same strand under and pass through the loop to the left, towards you.

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6. Pull until you have formed two 1 inch loops that look like a pretzel.

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7. Still holding under the button pull each strand (left, then right) gradually reducing the size of the loops.  The knot should be located ¼ inch down from the button.

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8. When the loops get to ¼ inch in size, pull on both strands at the same time.  Push up on knot with right finger and thumb.  To make the knot tight, turn button to face you.

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9. Pull down on the knot towards you.  At the same time, pull the two strands away from you.  Do not pull too hard – you don’t want the leather to break!  Just push and pull until it’s lightly in place.

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10. Repeat steps 2-9 to make another knot.  Make the knots close together and make them the same size.  Remember, if the knots are not tight enough they will spread apart with wear making your bracelet too big.

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11. Use your pliers to carefully open and separate each link of the chain.  Close each ring separately.

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12. String one pearl onto one strand of the leather, sliding it all the way up to the knot.

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13. Slide one closed chain link onto both strands of leather.

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14. String one pearl onto the second strand of leather.

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15. Slide one closed chain link onto both strands of leather.

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16. Repeat steps 12-15, adding pearls and chain links until you run out of chain links or until you reach the desired length.

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17. Repeat steps 2-9 to tie two Spanish knots directly below the final pearl.

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18. Leave a space the same size as your button and tie a Spanish knot.

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19. Add a second Spanish knot. If you like, you can leave a space the same size as your button and tie two Spanish knots.  This makes your bracelet adjustable.

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20. Complete the bracelet by putting GS Hypo Glue (Red) inside all the end knots to keep them coming undone.

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21. Cut the leather strands off ¼ inch from the last knot.

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Your finished bracelet will look like this.  So Pretty!!

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Happy Beading!!

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2 comments on “Dancing Pearls Bracelet Tutorial
  1. Scarlett says:

    I had a formal dinner to go to so I made this bracelet with white pearls to go with a black outfit and also made a necklace to go with it. Got so many comments on both pieces. I now have made it with Black pearls. It goes super even with jeans and nice top. Such a fun technique.

    • Bailey Ienuso says:

      Scarlett I am so glad you loved it!! It feels so fulfilling to be complimented on jewelry you made yourself. Feel free to share pictures on our social media pages!! We love to see what our clients have created!

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