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.
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.
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 studs 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 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.
Check out my leather sandal making book, it explains general leather craft techniques in more detail and you learn to make your own beautiful sandals!