Making Leather Cuff Bracelets – Tips How To Make Them

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I love making leather cuff bracelets, they make great presents and are quick to create. Leather is one of my favourite materials to work with.

I make rings, necklaces and earrings out of leather and draw on them with a pyrography tool (basically a hot pen), or decorate them using leather stamps, acrylic leather paints, rivets or charms.

leather bracelet with charm

This leather cuff bracelet is decorated with a charm from a Yemeni silver necklace that a friend gave me when I lived there. I’ve since taken it apart and used the charms for jewellery making. The drawings I did with the pyrography tool.

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On this leather cuff bracelet I used several decorating techniques like leather stamps, a pyrography tool, rivets and acrylic paint.

I find leather straps intended for belt making quite convenient for making leather cuff bracelets. All you have to do is cut the strap to the right length. I like my cuffs about 1cm (1/2 in) longer than my wrist measurement, you have to try out what you like best (a looser or tighter fit).

What you need to make a leather cuff bracelet

  • a strap of veg tanned leather, about 22cm (8.5in) long,
  • edge slicker – to burnish the cut edges of the leather
  • edge dye (optional)
  • eco-flo gel antique – I use medium brown
  • leather finish – I use a 100 % natural leather finish based on beeswax, carnauba wax and essential oils
  • Sam Brown studs or press sruds for a closure
  • leather stamps, pyrography tool, rivets, charms, acrylic leather paint for decoration

Here is how to make it

  • cut a piece of vegetable tanned leather according to your wrist measurement, mine are about 4.5cm (1.7in) wide
  • dampen the edges of the piece of leather and burnish them with an edge slicker, I sometimes use edge dye after the burnishing
  • decorate it with leather stamps or any way you want
  • dye it with antique gel
  • apply a leather finish
  • and finally attach press studs or sam brown studs for a closure.
 material formaking a leather cuf bracelet
Gel Antique, edge dye, leather, wooden edge slicker, leather stamps, beeswax, rivets

Here is a leather wrap bracelet I made using the batik technique to decorate it. Also fun to make!

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