June 8, 2011
Arissa Ha

This DIY is an user request, we thought we’d take up the challenge. It was a pain in the ass trying to source the proper leather in Singapore so we had to end up ordering online. I’m pretty sure our readers overseas have better leather sources than us.

You will need:

  • Leather: preferably lambskin or kid leather cause it’s softer. You really need the malleability of the softer leathers in this DIY.
  • Chalk: or something you can use to mark on the back of the leather.
  • Scissors: something that you can use to cut leather properly.
  • Black craft wire: which is used to finish off the edges of the bracelet and hold the leather together.
  • Black jump rings: Also can be used to perform tasks as above.

Mark a length of “vine” on the leather. After trial and error, we found the ideal width to be about 0.3-0.4cm, the thicker the “vine” the more unrefined it looks. We had to end up trimming it down several times. If you can manage a longer length, you could make a necklace instead.

Start marking the thorns along the length of the vine. Again, we found the thorns to be more refined if it was thinner, the ones pictured were far too thick and close together to give an ideal look that is close to the Ann Demeulemeester ones.

Rinse, repeat. You will need 2 of these vines. Cut them out and prepare for the next step.

Use the black craft wire (or black jump rings) to attach the two vines together. Make sure that the “right” side are both facing out. Begin to twist them in opposite directions (one in clockwise and one in anti- clockwise) as you would with a rope braid.

You will end up with the leather pieces looking like this. Once you’ve reached the end, secure it with the craft wire as you would with the other end.

And there you have it!

We have also decided to take it a little further and did something a little more challenging because we are masochistic like that with the same method of wrapping and twisting.

If you would like to try this out, you will need extra materials like a thin metallic hairband and also a thinner and more malleable craft wire (possibly more leather as well). We’re so in love with ours we decided to wear it out the next day. Pictures of it coming up real soon!!

(All photos taken using my new Fujifilm X100)

Feel free to comment if you have any questions!

And as a last end note:

We would like to remind ALL readers that as much as we love bringing you DIY posts, it has been disturbing to see other people copying and pasting our DIY photos on their own blog with full instructions and everything. We know you’ve enjoyed the post and would like to feature it on your blog as well but we would appreciate if you just used the first photo and then post a link to us. We do know that there are some who have linked to us but with all the photos and instructions on your own blog, there really is no sense in clicking on the link to us anymore if you think about it. Thank you for reading and we hope that with the decrease in this matter, we would be spurred to make more DIY posts.

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44 Responses to “[DIY Fashion Tutorial]: Ann Demeulemeester Epine thorn bracelet”

  1. bryangohey says:

    Totally awesome diy! Will you girls be selling this? ;3 hope you girls are!! (:<

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    Arissa replied on

    While I don’t discount the possibility of selling it, I think we make a DIY post so that everyone can try their hand at making one.

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  2. kawaiiism says:

    It’s amazing! I’d really love to make one but I really suck in DIY stuff :'(

    I hope to see a coordinate with the headband soon! It’s gorgeous! <3

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    Arissa replied on

    I think this DIY is simple enough to be attempted by everyone, if you have scraps lying around I think it’ll be fun to try out. You’ll never know~ :)

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  3. fayerie says:

    It looks good and seems easy enough! thanks for the fool proof steps <3! and you guys did this tut pretty quick!
    Do you mind sharing where you got the leather? ebay?

    THANK YOU <3~~~

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    Arissa replied on

    It’s was from an online store, I honestly forgot what the link is but I think that it’s easily available.

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  4. Lebasi says:

    Omg regarding the ending note – D:

    Good job! Jiayou!

    Can’t wait for the pictures of both of you wearing it!

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    Arissa replied on

    Thanks lebasiiiiiii

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  5. So simple but so effective. I love your tutorials – it sucks about the last part though.

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    Arissa replied on

    yeah it does, upsides and downsides to the availability of information on the Internet, but I believe in credit when it is due.

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  6. lucinda says:

    A nicely explained DIY and the headband idea works so well. I actually made a necklace version of this a while ago using a braiding method if you’re interested! http://thriftandthread.potduck.com/2010/08/rope/

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    Arissa replied on

    Thanks Lucinda, we tried to make a necklace but alas our leather piece is too short.
    Nice blog you have there. :)

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  7. nyambura says:

    omg i love the thorn necklace diy….i must try it,i lve leathe projects where i dont have to use rivets

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  9. Tina Driskell says:

    If you twist both of the pieces of leather in the same direction they will automatically twist back on themselves in the opposite direction. Judging by your picture you did this. Twisting in one direction will give your twist a slant either in the direction of a Z or an S depending on which way you twisted them. When the cords ply (twist back on themselves) the ply slants in the opposite direction. If you have two plies, one slanting in the Z direstion, and one in the S direction and then go to ply them, the final product won’t twist on itself, or look particuarly good. Just hoping to add a little clarity, in case people run into problems. Cool design.

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    Arissa replied on

    I honestly have no idea what you are talking about. It confuses me even more. :/

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  10. Fantastic!!! I always see your DIY’s and want to do them but never get around to it XD One day!

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    Arissa replied on

    You should pick a favorite one and then do it. 😀

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  11. cpc says:

    Love this! I just happened to buy a piece of leather that I never ended up using and I’m going to try this. I didn’t see in the instructions how you attached the two ends to make it into a bracelet or necklace.

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    Arissa replied on

    You just kinda tie the ends together.

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  12. Natasza says:

    My friend made it for me as a present, and it hasn’t come off since I got it <3

    http://tinypic.com/r/r019hk/7

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  15. This is brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing it with the world. I plan to put a link to it on my website. Cheers! -ML

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    Arissa replied on

    aww, it was our pleasure! Thanks for leaving such a kind comment!

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  16. i love it, simple yet stunning, great job!

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    Arissa replied on

    Thank you very much for your comment! 😀

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  18. Cheryn says:

    gahhh, I hope you sell it! D: I suck at DIY LOL! But you did it brilliantly!

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  19. Audrey Lee says:

    I think it would be easier to follow if the tutorial can be turned into a video. Just suggesting…^^

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  21. Suvi says:

    Hi!
    I loove your DIYs! I would like to see more chains! i loved that chain harness! omg!
    Keep it going!
    greetings from Finland! 😉

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  22. Bani says:

    Hi! You really inspired me to make my own! Mine is a little bit different, as I used coral to make the thorns, and I used two different kinds of leather cord: http://holdmyumbrellabitch.blogspot.ca/2012/05/diy-ann-demeulemeester-epine-thorn.html

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  23. Susan says:

    Can you please let me know if anyone has decided to sell this online or the necklace version? Would be willing to buy it. Love unique jewelry!

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    Arissa replied on

    Hi,

    The DIY is relatively simple to follow. Perhaps making a necklace on your own would be fun too. :)

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  24. Sarah says:

    Oooh, this has just been linked to me. Must. Get. Craft. Wire……

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  25. Sarah says:

    Also, any chance of another view of how you secured it around your wrist please?

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  26. AXEL says:

    Would you be interested in making these for me?

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  27. Masa says:

    i really want this
    could you make this for me?
    i will pay $100
    please

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  28. shikha says:

    Excellent, thank you for that great tutorial.
    Thank you so much for sharing. This is awesome.i like leather cord jewellery..http://www.psdaimaandsons.com

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  29. I appreciate your wordpress design, exactly where did you down load it through?

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    Arissa replied on

    Hi Elisabeth,
    This is a customised designed I engaged a digital firm to do. Hope this helps.

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