Firefly Wing Wrap

This delightful bracelet adds Miyuki's Long Magatama beads (LMA) to the traditional leather wrap bracelet design. Add some 3mm Swarovski bicones, size 8/0 seed beads, Greek leather and a button closure to create this fun and fluttery project.

The Miyuki Long Magatama beads add three-dimensional wings that face in opposite directions in our single wrap Firefly Bracelet. The tiny 3mm Swarovski crystals add just the right amount of shine. They look great stacked with other wrap bracelets, yet they're bold enough to wear as a stand-alone. Take care to stitch each row of Long Magatamas facing outward. It can be tricky to see which direction they want to face at first. You'll be adding size 8/0 seed beads every fourth row so that the curve in your bracelet doesn't become over exaggerated. Size D Clon-thread and a size 10 beading needle will make it easy to make multiple passes through the beads.

Try them in pastels or a frosted finish for a softer style which can be paired with anything floral. The Picasso finish will add a hippie chick twist and looks great with a babydoll or sundress. Or try them in our metallics collection for a sleek and stylish addition to your favorite little black dress.

Firefly Wing Leather Wrap Bracelet Materials

Materials:
LMA-142FR: Miyuki Long Magatama Matte Tr Smoky Amethyst AB - 1 tube
8-4486: 8/0 Duracoat Opaque Crocus Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
283-330: 3mm Swarovski Bicone Indicolite - 1 tube
520-500-NA: 1.5mm Natural Greek Leather - 2ft.
194-007: 15mm Amor button - 1 button
CLBD-O: C-Lon Orchid Size D - 1 bobbin
193-100: Japanese Short Beading Needles - 1 package
520-124: Hypo Cement Jewelers Glue - 1 tube
505-017: Rainbow Embroidery Scissor - 1 pair

Long Magatama bead leather wrap bracelet instructions


1. For basic detailed instructions please visit our leather wrap bracelet tutorial. Fold your length of leather in half. String on your button and bring it to the center of your leather.

Long Magatama bead leather wrap bracelet instructions


2. Cut about 5' of thread off your spool. Hold one end of the thread along with your folded leather making sure the tail of the thread hangs several inches past the button. Tie an overhand knot and tighten it just below your button. Make sure your thread is also secured in this knot.

Long Magatama bead leather wrap bracelet directions


3. Pick up one 8/0 seed bead and string it onto your thread. Bring the bead up between your two pieces of leather. Pass your needle through the 8/0 seed bead again, this time over the top of the leather locking it into place.

Long Magatama bead leather wrap bracelet DIY


4. String two 8/0 seed beads on and repeat the previous steps to secure into place.

Long Magatama bead wrap bracelet instructions


5. Repeat again but with three 8/0 seed beads.

Long Magatama bead leather wrap bracelet directions


6. Now add one Long Magatama (LMA) one 3mm Swarovski crystal and another LMA. Be sure to place your LMAs facing in opposite directions. They should appear to flare out to the left and right giving the appearance of wings.

Long Magatama bead wrap bracelet instructions


7. Repeat the last step again.

Long Magatama bead wrap bracelet instructions


8. Add a third set of LMA's and then add a row of three 8/0 beads. This row will give the bracelet extra flexibility and help keep the LMA rows from stacking too tightly.

Long Magatama bead wrap bracelet instructions


9. Repeat step 6, 7, and 8.

Long Magatama bead wrap bracelet instructions


10. Continue in this way, making three rows of the crystals and LMA beads and then one row of 8/0 seed beads.

Long Magatama bead wrap bracelet instructions


11. View of the underside. See how the row of 8/0 seed beads sits slightly lower than the other rows.

Long Magatama bead wrap bracelet instructions


12. The bracelet may curve as it gets longer. This is fine just take care that it does not get too tight and become inflexible.


Long Magatama bead wrap bracelet instructions

13. When you are getting close to your desired length make sure to check the fit of the bracelet often. Keep in mind that the knot and loop used to finish the bracelet will add at least 1 to 1.5 inches to the final length.

Long Magatama bead wrap bracelet instructions


14. Once you are ready to finish begin to taper down to the end by adding a row of three 8/0 seed beads.

Long Magatama bead wrap bracelet instructions


15. Continue to taper with a row of two, and then a final row with one 8/0 seed bead.

Long Magatama bead wrap bracelet instructions


16. While holding your thread along with it, tie the ends of the leather in an overhand knot.


Long Magatama bead wrap bracelet instructions

17. Tie a second overhand knot (without the thread) about 3/4 - 1 inch from the first knot. This loop must fit the button so you may need to make it larger or smaller depending on the button size. Be sure to test the closure before completely tightening your knot and trimming off any extra leather.


Long Magatama bead wrap bracelet instructions


Other colorways:

Turquoise Picasso
Long Magatama Firefly Wing Bracelet in Turquoise

Materials:
LMA-4514: Miyuki Long Magatama Opaque Turquoise Blue Picasso - 1 tube
8-1984: 8/0 24kt Red Gold Iris Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
283-260: 3mm Swarovski Bicone Smoke Topaz - 1 tube
520-500-NA: 1.5mm Natural Greek Leather - 2ft.
194-000-C: 16mm Copper Bird in a Tree Button - 1 button
CLBD-GO: C-Lon Gold Size D - 1 bobbin
193-100: Japanese Short Beading Needles - 1 package
520-124: Hypo Cement Jewelers Glue - 1 tube
505-017: Rainbow Embroidery Scissor - 1 pair


Matte Peach
Long Magatama Firefly Wing Bracelet in Matte Peach

Materials:
LMA-2103F: Miyuki Long Magatama Matte Transparent Peach - 1 tube
8-642: 8/0 Dyed Salmon Silverlined Alabaster Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
283-090: 3mm Swarovski Bicone Fuchsia - 1 tube
520-500-NA: 1.5mm Natural Greek Leather - 2ft.
194-003-G: 16mm Gold Sand Dollar Button - 1 button
CLBD-LBR: C-Lon Light Brown Size D - 1 bobbin
193-100: Japanese Short Beading Needles - 1 package
520-124: Hypo Cement Jewelers Glue - 1 tube
505-017: Rainbow Embroidery Scissor - 1 pair


Matte Palladium
Long Magatama Firefly Wing Bracelet in Matte Palladium

Materials:
LMA-194F: Miyuki Long Magatama Matte Palladium Plated - 1 tube
8-1865: 8/0 Opaque Smoke Gray Luster Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
283-040: 3mm Swarovski Bicone Caribbean Blue Opal - 1 tube
520-500-BR: 1.5mm Dark Brown Greek Leather - 2ft.
194-005-S: 17mm Silver Czech Flower Button - 1 button
CLBD-BR: C-Lon Brown Size D - 1 bobbin
193-100: Japanese Short Beading Needles - 1 package
520-124: Hypo Cement Jewelers Glue - 1 tube
505-017: Rainbow Embroidery Scissor - 1 pair