Rustic Copper Washer & Leather Bracelet (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Rustic Copper Washer and Leather Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Rustic Copper Washer and Leather Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This is a great rugged bracelet style for both guys and gals, of any age.

It’s comfortable, sturdy, and easy to make.

This would also be a good project for teenagers and pre-teens to make for themselves and their friends!

Rustic Copper Washer and Leather Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Supplies:

  • Cord – 2 pieces, each approximately 2x the circumference of your wrist.
    (For example – if you have a 7″ wrist, you’ll need 2 pieces of cord, each 14″ long.)

    I used faux suede cord in a sage green color, 3mm width. You can also use leather, cotton, suede, or other types of cord.

  • Washer – I used a 5/8″ copper washer from Harbor Freight.
  • Two jump rings.
  • Clasp – I used a hook clasp made from leftover wire.
  • Scissors that can cut your cord.

Rustic Copper Washer and Leather Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

How to Make a Rustic
Copper Washer & Leather Bracelet:

First, we’re going to give our washer a nice rustic patina.

In the photo below, the washers on the left are nice and shiny right out of the package.

On the right, the washers have an interesting patina created simply with boiled eggs:

Rustic Copper Patina - Before and After

For the patina, follow my easy tutorial, Oxidize Sterling Silver and Copper with Boiled Eggs.

Important: For this project, my washers developed the color I wanted in about 15 to 20 minutes.

So keep a close eye on your washers as they oxidize!

After your patina process, when your washers are thoroughly dry, you can preserve your patina color using a clear, matte-finish spray lacquer – three light coats of lacquer on each side of the metal, drying each coat thoroughly before applying the next coat.

You may want to patina a small batch of copper washers (or other copper items) along with the washer you’ll need for this bracelet.
Patina copper washers by Rena Klingenberg

Cut your two pieces of cord for the bracelet. Mine came on this huge roll:

Suede Cord for Rustic Copper Washer and Leather Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now fold each of your cut cord pieces in half, and attach them to your washer using larks-head knots:

Attaching Rustic Copper Washer to Leather Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now let’s attach one of your jump rings to one end of your bracelet.

Go to one end of your bracelet, and string one of your jump rings onto both strands of that cord end.

Keeping both cords together, tie a simple knot with your jump ring caught inside the knot.

Keep this knot somewhat loose, as you will probably be moving the knot up the cord a bit to adjust the fit of your finished bracelet.
Rustic Copper Washer and Leather Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now attach the second jump ring to your clasp.

Go to the other end of your bracelet, and string this jump ring onto both strands of that cord end.

Make the same kind of knot as the one you just made at the other end of the bracelet, catching this jump ring inside the knot.

Again, keep this knot loose so you can adjust your bracelet length:

Rustic Copper Washer and Leather Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now put the bracelet around your wrist, and fasten the clasp.

Move your loosely-tied knots up toward your washer till your bracelet is a comfortable fit.

Then tighten your knots around your jump rings, and trim the ends of your cord – leaving a small tail on each cut cord end:

Rustic Copper Washer and Leather Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Rustic Copper Washer and Leather Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your fastened clasp should look something like this:

Rustic Copper Washer and Leather Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And your finished bracelet should look like this:
Rustic Copper Washer and Leather Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Rustic Copper Washer and Leather Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Rustic Copper Washer and Leather Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Rustic Copper Washer and Leather Bracelet Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

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  1. These are just the thing for all my grand daughters. I have some washers that I painted purple and turquoise and some purple and turquoise suede lace. I think I’ll make some copper and black for my grandsons. They are grade schoolers but they like all kinds of bracelets.

  2. Why do I always try to overthink things? SMH. Love the patina with the earthy green cord. Brilliant.

    I have some found washers that are VERY rustic! Now I have inspiration!!

  3. I think these are GREAT! So simple and modern. Can’t wait to try the boiled egg method for adding patina. I was searching for an easy-to-make addition for my next craft show in two weeks. I could make up quite a few of these to round out my sales. Thanks so much! I love the ideas shared in this newsletter! :)

  4. Thanks so much – and I love hearing how you’ll be using this project! You really can do a lot with color on these, both on the cord and on the washer (Lee’s great idea for painting them!).

  5. Great job! Love this bracelet! Thanks for sharing so clear tutorial!
    Enjoy your day!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  6. Love this! So easy and doable but totally cute! Thanks for sharing!

  7. This is an amazing bracelet! I can’t wait to try it and I am hooked on your site now and am following. Thanks for sharing with us!

  8. This is such a cute idea! I love these kinds of bracelets – and love the simplicity of it. Thanks for sharing!

  9. so cool! I love this idea :)
    Thanks so much for sharing,
    Molly

  10. I’m pinning this! It’s so cute with the green/gold combo! I’m not usually a fan of gold but this is seriously cute!

  11. Very cute!

  12. These are super cute! Wonder if you could use old t-shirts for the band?

  13. Love the patina on the copper – heading over to see how that is done – very unique bracelet!

  14. Coming over to see your beautiful bracelet. I will have to give this a try!

  15. Love this – and your tutorial was great – never knew copper could be oxidized so easily

  16. where do you order your cord from? I have been trying to find green and can not find it anywhere! great job!

  17. I never knew oxidizing copper was so easy! This would make a great gift!

  18. Hi Michelle, if you can’t find green cord from a jewelry supplier, try craft stores and fabric stores. They may call it “lacing” or “lace” instead of cord. :)

  19. Thank you all for your lovely comments! Amberly, using cut-up Tshirts for the cord is a good idea. I think that could work nicely. Thanks so much for that great suggestion!

  20. Thanks for sharing your beautiful bracelet! I love a clear, step-by-step tutorial!

  21. Love the copper with the green leather! Thanks for sharing.

  22. Very, very nice. I love how simply beautiful it is. I will have to try this for my daughter. Thanks for sharing.

  23. I love this! The colors look so great together.

  24. I love your bracelet, the patina works perfectly with the green leather! Love your tutorial, who knew that a washer could look so pretty?

    Hugs, Antonella :-)

  25. What a beautiful bracelet. I love it’s simplicity. I’m not a big jewelry kind of gal but this I love. Thank you.

  26. This is beautiful and right up my sister’s alley!

  27. Love it! My favorite colors even!

  28. Very Nice ! Thank you so much ;)

  29. I love this bracelet. Such a great tutorial.

  30. I love this idea! It is so simple an older child could make it, yet the bracelet looks really modern and classy.

  31. Hi, Rena, This looks like something I might be able to do, although I made some silver bangle bracelets that turned out pretty well. Amazed myself. Take care, Linda

  32. Rena,

    I have been going crazy trying to come up with ideas for a bracelet I’m trying to make and this is just the thing I have been looking for! You are such an inspiration in so many ways and I am so glad I stumbled upon your website a few days ago! Thank you so much for all your tips and tutorials!!! God Bless!!!!

  33. Rena, did you make this clasp as well? Thanks to you, I now make all of my findings!!! I use your tutorials regularly. As a matter of fact, if you could see all the things I have made, 50 – 75% would look familiar…lol. Can’t thank you enough for all I have learned from you and your fab tutes!

  34. Hi Julia, yes I did make this clasp! And I’m thrilled to hear how much you’re applying the info in my tutes! That’s lovely to know. :)

  35. Wow you make it look so easy! SO gorgeous!

  36. Super cool and so creative.

  37. This is such a wonderful and beautiful bracelet. I know that there are many Mothers out there who would love one for Mother’s Day.

  38. I don’t care much for high-end uber expensive jewelry (like my wedding ring, but don’t tell hubby, haha) but this is the stuff I truly dig. This bracelet is awesome! I even like the color palette. I’m all about earth tones, even when I don’t mean to be. (You should see my closet)

    Thanks for sharing!

  39. So pretty, yet so simple too! :) I love it.

  40. so cute :)

  41. This is such a cute bracelet…and so easy, too!

  42. Very beautiful!

  43. I love this – especially the oxidized ring. I always want to make my own jewelry – this one seems like something I could do!

  44. Love this bracelet! Perfect project to try this summer with my kids!

  45. Pretty!

  46. temitope wilkie says:

    v.pretty thank u

  47. I’m not usually a big jewelry person, but I really like this for some reason. Seems easy enough to make, too. :)

  48. Beautiful piece! I have a strawberry quartz donut that I need to do something with. I am going to pin this so that I can come back and do it later! I love this–such a great tutorial too! Found you on Pin it Monday Hop!

  49. Great bracelet! Love the patina look of the washer.

  50. Love the patina on the copper washer. Looks great.

  51. I love this! My niece is very into DIY jewelry right now and I can’t wait to share this tutorial with her.

  52. Very creative and seems easy. A must try for a unique look and gift (if I can give it away). Pinned!

  53. This is truly unique! Thanks for sharing the tutorial and the method for aging the washer :)

  54. That is so cool! I love the patina you added and the rustic look. I so want to make one now.

  55. Awesome, Rena. You are something!!! Linda

  56. My daughter will want to make this bracelet. Thanks for the great tips and step-by-step directions and pictures.

  57. This is so boho chic! Thank you!

  58. Rena, I have attempted to make these clasps but they keep turning out too small or too big and clasp and loop are out of proportion to one another. Is there a tutorial for this particular type clasp or suggestion for size wire? Know I am your biggest fan! Your inspiration and articles have been life changing. Thank you.

  59. Hi Julia, Thank you for your lovely compliments! :) Regarding a hook clasp – I have this tutorial:
    Easy Wire Hook Clasp Tutorial. It should work well with this bracelet design. Let me know how you do with it! :)

  60. Kiki Chaira says:

    THIS IS GENIUS !! THANKS FOR THE HELP :)))))))))))))

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