I love bracelets!
Okay you got me, I love all jewelry.
But I especially have a lot of fun with bracelets.
I love stacking them and mixing different materials together to create unique looks.
And since I’m a DIY girl at heart and I recently tackled a couple of necklaces, I thought it might be fun to try making my own bracelet too!
MAKE YOUR OWN LEATHER BRACELET FROM A BELT
+ CUSTOM STAMPED METAL TAG
They’re pretty dressy on their own, but paired with my new DIY leather bracelet made from a belt they are perfectly paired with jeans or a more casual look.
This is a bit of an involved project with several tools and more than a few steps. It will probably take upwards of an hour or so to make.
But I’ve included many many pictures to help you along. (Something I wish I’d had when I was figuring it out!)
- old leather belt
- Line 20 Snap Fasteners
- Compression Rivet Set 4mm
- Blank Stamping Metal Rectangle
- Rivet Anvil
- Snap Setter
- Rotating Leather Hole Punch Tool
- Jeweler’s Ball Pein Hammer
- Rivet Setter
- Two-Hole Metal Punch
- 4mm A-Z Steel Number Stamps Punch Set
TO MAKE LEATHER BRACELET
1. Measure wrist and then leather belt. Cut to desired length, including overlap for snap closure.
2. Using a leather hole punch set to 3/16″ punch holes at each end of leather about a half an inch from the ends.
3. Stack snap component on the concave side of the anvil: first the smooth top piece, then the leather with the wrong side up, then the “female” part of the snap.
4. Place setting tool on the stack and strike with small hammer two or three times.
5. On the flat side of the anvil stack: the rivet-like piece of the snap, then the leather right side up and finally the “male” piece of the snap.
6. Strike with the small hammer on the “male” piece. This will flatten out the round portion a little which helps the snap stay together. (Do not strike too many times or this will backfire and the snap won’t stay closed. Don’t ask me how I know please.)
TO MAKE CUSTOM STAMPED METAL TAG
1. Using the two-hole metal punch, punch holes in metal blank (if there aren’t holes already, this depends on the blanks purchased).
2. Use a ball point pen or sharpie to mark location of holes onto leather. Measure to be sure it’s in the correct location. Adjust marks if necessary before punching.
3. Punch 2.5 mm holes in leather at desired location.
4. Stack first the long portion of the rivet on the flat side of the anvil, then the leather upside down, then the metal blank and then the short piece of the rivet.
5. Strike with hammer once or twice to secure metal blank to leather.
6. Choose a word (keep it simple on the first try) and select the letter stamps to make that word.
7. Starting in the middle of the word and the middle of the metal rectangle, set one letter at a time; place metal stamp letting side down and gently tap with hammer two or three times. Work your way out on each side of the center to complete you word.
8. Gently curve the metal on the bracelet if it’s a little too straight then just snap on!
It’s not perfect, but I think the imperfections makes it look almost vintage!
So is this a project you’d like to tackle? Does anyone you know have the supplies you could borrow? Or maybe you’d like to pick up the supplies and make a few for yourself or to give as gifts?
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