This cut-out leather bracelet is the newest addition to my collection of leather bracelets. I made it using punch shapes, which are hammered to make holes in the leather.
You can create an amazing variety of patterns with these simple punches, giving the surface a playful and vibrant character.
What you need to make the cut-out bracelet
- veg tan leather strap
- punch shapes
- impact absorbent poly cutting board
- edge dye, black
- leather dye, I used light blue (Angelus brand)
- a snap and setting tools (for closing the bracelet)
I tried out a different leather dye brand from the one I usually use. It’s Angelus leather dye, an alcohol based dye made in the US. I bought a couple of colours, they are really bright, easy to apply and even come with a dauber.
The light blue I used to dye this bracelet is beautiful, very indigo like, not what I would call light.
There are several shops on eBay and Etsy that sell punch shapes for leather crafts.
By the way, the Angelus brand also sells acrylic leather dye which I have used before to paint smaller areas like inside impressions made with stamps (acrylic leather dye sits on top of the leather whereas leather dye sinks into the leather). I find they are just as good, with a big choice of colours.
Here is a post I wrote on how to make a leather cuff bracelet decorated with a burned on design. Very different from the one shown here but just as rewarding to make.
Check out my leather sandal making eBook, it explains general leathercraft techniques in more detail and besides you learn to make your own beautiful sandals!