In this DIY generation, you can make almost everything. Therefore, there is no need to go out and look for the right piece of beads accessories. You can easily make one for yourself. To do that, you need some beads of your choice and a leather cord.
Stringing beads on leather cords is not as tricky as it sounds. Instead, it is a fun activity, and you can make a variety of beautiful accessories. You can string both lightweight and heavy beads on a leather cord.
I’ll answer any questions you might have regarding how to string beads on leather cords. Along with that, I will also discuss some critical points to be kept in mind.
How To String Beads On Leather Cords
Leather cord in itself is a big fashion statement, or what is famously known as the bohemian style. Stringing colorful beads on it makes it more attractive and enchanting.
However, the size of the holes of the beads must be big enough to pass through the leather cords. You can make a knot, add a clasp or take a longer leather cord so that the necklace can go over your head.
To string beads in a leather cord, first, get hands-on some beads and a standard length leather cord. If the cord is too big for you, cut it into your desirable length.
Slide as many beads you want to through the cord, tie a knot and trim off the excess portion of the cord. Kudos! Your beautiful bead-pendant is now ready.
If you want to use a clasp on your cord, get a pair of the clasp and a plier. Then gently put the clasps on either end of your leather cord. With the help of the plier, carefully put the clasps on both the ends. By using a clasp, there will be an extra dose of security.
Now, you will never have to worry about your necklace and beads falling apart. You can lock both the clasp ends and your beautiful beads will remain in their exact position. Now you can make as many handcrafted beads jewelry as you desire to.
While dark brown and black are the most popular picks for leather cords, you can also choose a more colorful shade like red or pink. Amongst the types of leather cords, the braided and the round ones top the list while the suede and barbwire follow after.
Choosing the right kind of beads is also an important part of making handmade accessories by using leather cords. The safest options are to opt for crystal and semi-precious beads. While Rocaille or round beads can be very easy to string in a leather cord, Czech beads can be a little hectic due to their irregular facets.
Go for shell and/or crow beads if you have a gorgeous bracelet in mind. Put the beads chunk into a suede faux or cowhide leather cord and your DIY chunky bracelet is done.
However, if you want a necklace and pendant, flat back beads are the right choice. Simply slide on the bead in the center of your leather cord, tie a knot at the back or use a clasp and you are good to go with your handmade necklace.
Leather cords are available in many forms and sizes. Glass beads look the best with leather cords. Using a clasp is optional, as you can always tie a knot.
The first step will be to make sure that the width of your leather cord compliments the holes of the beads. Now put as many beads as you wish to through the leather cords, make a knot and you are good to go.
In case you want to use a clasp, you can slide it on both ends of your cord to make it look complete.
Types Of Leather Cords For Stringing Beads
Plain Round Leather Cords
The plain round leather cords are the most accessible type of leather cords available. This type is very versatile as you can make a plethora of jewelry products with them.
The material is thick, strong and sturdy. Regarding the finish, you can opt for the regular finish, the metallic or even the vintage one too.
As mentioned earlier, the natural colors are the most looked for. However, the color options available are extensive.
Round Braided Leather Cords
If you have an eye for intricate details, a round braided cord will be a great fit for you.
A round braided leather cord will be a perfect option for making a big beaded necklace or a chunky bracelet with many beads. The solid and durable material is a bonus along with the great texture.
Suede Faux Leather Cords
Remember the cool friendship bracelets you used to make or get during your school days? Those are mostly made with pretty chunks strung through a suede faux leather cord.
These type of leather cords serve many purposes, from designing an outfit to stringing beads for jewelry making. The soft and smooth texture makes them a comfortable wear.
Larger beads will work amazing with suede faux leather cords. Make a beautiful bead necklace or a colorful beads bracelet with this and make your every day a little more extraordinary.
Cowhide Flat Leather Cords
Nicely dyed, cowhide flat leather cords are great for making chokers with a single big bead.
Cowhide cords usually have a clasp attached to them at the back because making a knot in such a cord might get a little complicated.
Long necklaces are not the first choice if you have cowhide cords in mind. Instead, DIY some boho-chic chokers and make your style statement.
Is stringing beads onto leather cords difficult?
The answer to this is no. Stringing beads into a leather cord is not difficult at all. It is a very easy and quick process and can be done by anybody with the right materials in hand.
So if you are looking for some unique accessories, why not make one for yourself instead of looking for the right one?
What are the materials needed for stringing beads in a leather cord?
Needless to say, you must have beads and a leather cord of a standard length in order to string beads in a leather cord. Along with that, you might need a pair of clasp, pliers, and scissors.
Clasps are necessary if you want to go for more secured accessories. You will thereafter need pliers too for attaching the clasps to the leather cord. A scissor will come handy to cut off the excess leather cord.
What are the types of leather cords available for stringing beads?
Braided leather cords, round plain leather cords and suede faux leather cords are the three most popular cords for stringing beads. Apart from that barbed wire leather cords, cowhide cords and stitched Nappa cords are available too. However, braided and plain leather cords are the best options for stringing beads and making jewelry.
What should be the width of the leather cord for stringing the beads into it?
Cords which are of 0.5mm to 1mm wide can string beads which are 8mm or with larger beads holes. This is a standard measurement that you can follow for further reference.
Before choosing the beads, you must have an idea about the width of the leather cord. If the holes of the beads do not fit right, you will be unable to make anything.
DIY Your Own Accessories
Now that you have a clear idea about leather cords and stringing beads through it, you can easily make your own accessories. We cannot stress how fun DIY is and when it is about accessories, the excitement doubles.
There is a wide range of beads available on the market like pearls, crystals, gemstones, Delica, faceted and many others. Anklets are a stunning choice which you can make with leather cords and beads.
Sleek anklets look the best. So, put on some Delica beads into a round plain leather cord, add two clasps and your chic anklet is all set. You can pick up the beads of your choice, get the right leather cord of around 15 cm and make your own necklace.
Select a slightly lesser length if you want to make a choker. For bracelets, the standard length of the leather cord will not be more than 9cm. For anklets, the size will be similar to that of a choker. Happy DIY-ing!