Thursday, October 7, 2010

diy: Cord and Chain Double Wrap Bracelet (CC Skye Inspired)

The Braided Chain Bracelet tutorial that I posted back in August was so well loved, that I decided to do yet another bracelet tutorial. This one doesn't involve braiding, but it uses the same concept of incorporating some sort of thread/cord into chain.

(By the way - Check out S&P's Facebook fan page for an entire album full of other talented ladies' versions of the Braided Chain Bracelet! I've gotten submissions from people as far away as Texas, Romania, and Denmark. )

I spotted CC Skye's Thompson Double Wrap Bracelet on about a month ago - I loved how the leather cord adds a touch of badass to the chain. It's currently out of stock on after doing a bit of searching, I found that it was roughly $224. I decided to make my own version that fit my personality a little better - not to mention, for way cheaper. The cord in the original version is sewn into the middle strip of fabric, but I decided to make this one a bit simpler.

CC Skye - Thompson Double Wrap Bracelet (

Thompson Double Wrap Bracelet, $264 (

- Curb chain (I used brass)
- At least 60 inches of cord (The original version used leather. I used black faux leather cord, which was a personal preference)
- Sewing thread, same color as your cord
- Sewing needle, jewelry clasp, jump rings, jewelry pliers

1) Measure a length of chain that will fit comfortably around your wrist. You'll need two strands.

2) Insert the cord through the topmost link in one of the strands.

3) Insert the cord through the next link, essentially wrapping the cord through the top of the link.

4) Pull it through, and bring it back up "behind" the chain and into the next link...

5) And keep on repeating. Easy enough! You're just weaving the cord in and out through the links. Be sure to keep your chain in one direction; this will make it easier for you to go along the chain with your cord. (I used a flash in the photographs from here on in, so you can see the black cord better!)

6) Keep on going...

7) When you've reached the end of the chain - don't cut it just yet! Insert it through the first link of your second chain.

8) And just keep on weaving the cord through the entire second strand, just as you did in the first few steps. You'll end up with something like this.

9) Thread a needle, and insert it into the cord in between the two chains.

10) And simply weave the needle/thread in and out of the two strands. You don't have to necessarily go through the cord...just under the cord. Go back and forth between sides; this way, you can attach the two strands together.

11) When you're all done, tie off your thread, tie off your cord, and seal it off with some clear nailpolish if you choose to do so. Attach your clasps and jump rings; maybe even some charms if you'd like.

I like the brass chain against the black faux leather cord, but of course you can use any color chain you'd like, with any color cord you'd like.

Xo, Kirsten



  1. That is so awesome!! I really look forward to your posts...I'm about to try your first bracelet, but this one is mos def on my list of "to dos"

  2. Wow this is awesome! This inspired me to one of my own :). I will show you tomorrow! Thanks for these great ideas! :)
    Michaela, Romania

  3. Aida - Thanks so much, have fun with it!
    Michaela - Can't wait to see it :)

  4. I love that this looks so high end when it doesn't cost much at all. The only difference I saw was that the designer ones also threaded it through a leather material inside, I can't decide which style I like better! I'll make both :)

  5. Yup, the two strands of leather cord are sewn through another strip of fabric...this one's a simpler version but the sewing through the fabric is the easy part! If you make either/or, definitely send a picture over, I'd love to include it in the Facebook album for the Studs and Pearls fan page :) (You can find it by searching "") <3 enjoy!

  6. love it ! can you tell me what size cord you used? 1mm or 2mm? thanks :)

  7. I used 1mm! But, if you used a wider curb chain, you can probably use 2mm. xo

  8. Ah-mazing! I can't wait to try this!

    xox Lexi
    Glitter & Pearls

  9. Hi there, Your tutorial inspired me to attempt my own bracelet. I found my chain got too twisty with the leather so I redid it linking the two chains differently. It looks great :-)

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  11. Great DIY! I featured it on my blog today:

    I hope you like it.1

  12. any idea where i can find bulk curb chain like that?

  13. I'm not sure, sorry D! Try searching on Ebay or Etsy, maybe.

  14. hi! could i ask where you got your curb chain from? a year later and im trying this out! thank you so much, really in love with everything on here! xxx

  15. wow, love it!!! Great tutorial, well done!!!

  16. awesome that is so cute

  17. Can't wait to try this...thanks!

  18. I do like the mix of chain with leather. Your way is easier and quicker, I think! Will feature and link back so others can come see for themselves what a great tutorial this is!

  19. This is great! quick question though. where do i find the chain?

  20. Going to have to try one of these!! It looks awesome!

  21. Je trouve que c'est super beau les bracelets d'ailleurs je suis entrain d'essayer de les faire.

  22. You said the original used leather cord. Where did you find the original? Is it accessible easily on another diy site? I would love to see that too :)

  23. Hi Kirsten! I made my own bracelet through this tutorial and I came up with my own DIY post too. Thank you very much for putting up exciting DIY posts :) Here's mine:

  24. I don't usually like bracelets but that is awesome!

    Joanne, Aisle Three

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  30. Hi! This is really cool and I would love to do this! Just a few questions, Where would I buy the chain? And how do I get it so it fits good around my wrists?

  31. This is a great tutorial. Do you think it would work as well with rolo chain?

  32. Great thanks for sharing. this tutorial is very useful . i like leather cord bracelet.. leather cord jewellery...

  33. I want to buy your version!

  34. Thanx for sharing, I love it, going to make one now

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