The materials needed to make this style of bracelet are:
2 feet of rollo chain
2 yards of leather (the size of the leather will be determined by the size of the Rollo chain)
Cut the chain into three equal lengths, generally 7 to 7.5 inches long
depending on the desired bracelet size, (you will want an uneven number
of links on each piece of chain). If you purchased more chain, you
can make as many sections as you want.
Lay the three lengths
of chain parallel (I use a mandrel or heavy piece of wire so that I
can see they are even and the same length.)
Find the center of
your leather cord. Weave one end of the leather through the first link
of each section, until you reach the half way point. Now pick up one
end of the leather and run it through the third link this link will be
laying in the same direction as the first one. You will now have both
pieces of leather on the same side of your bracelet. Turn the
bracelet over. Now take the top piece of leather and run it through
the same set of links as the bottom piece of leather. Continue in this
manner until you reach the end.
Keep the tension even as you weave the bracelet; make sure the links continue to lie parallel to each other.
Now you are ready to run the leather cords through the first set of
links, back to where you started. You will have three strands of
leather going through this set of links.
Be sure to allow
enough length of your leather ends to take the bracelet on and off.
You can add beads to the ends or tie an overhand knot to keep the
leather ends from pulling out as you take the bracelet on and off.
Enjoy your bracelet and the many compliments you will receive!!
Here are the items needed to make the rolo chain bracelet: