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THE ART OF LEATHER BRAIDING: Beginner's Guide to Making Jewelry, Pendants, and Bracelets, Belts, Straps, and Key Fobs.

THE ART OF LEATHER BRAIDING: Beginner's Guide to Making Jewelry, Pendants, and Bracelets, Belts, Straps, and Key Fobs, by Roy Luo and Kelly Tong. B. E. S. Publishing Company, $19.99.

Title notwithstanding, coiling and braiding leather cord is a craft. Not only an amusement for children, it's a hobby that can pay for itself and more. Again, although the diagrams in this thorough and educative book are terrific, most of them are not for the young. This resource might be most useful for high school students and beyond.

Written by Chinese-Americans who own a braiding company and are now highly qualified, that wasn't always the case. Interestingly, Roy learned braiding when he moved to the United States. He first followed the pictured directions from right to left, an understand] able error. But frustrating, we're sure!

Simple designs can be found in the book, embellished with knots, beads, and decorative hardware. There's a wrapping technique with a single strand, but even that would challenge some kids. Many designs involve anywhere from three to eight strands. Those who master the methods might create leather tassels, lanyards, earrings, rings, chokers, even shoelaces and braid-covered buckles.

The three chapters are beautifully illustrated and fully informative. The second section, twenty creations, begins with a convenient pictorial "project finder." Before that, you'll find particulars on flat laces, round cords, and tips for their care. Then learn how few tools are required, and the basic methods to start and finish.

The third, final portion is filled with excellent photographs and drawings. No need to refer to tutorials or videos if you have this helpful paperback.

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Author:Guhin, Paula
Publication:Arts & Activities
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Date:Dec 1, 2018
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