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.
The best deal in the UK for the Angelus dyes I found on eBay, here is the link to the shop.
By the way, the same brand 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.