The material known today as denim actually originated in France in the Middle Ages. The material went on to be used by the United States Navy, cowboys in the old west and eventually the blue jeans and jackets that highlighted the rebellious attitudes of American youth in the 1950s. Denim is used to make a large variety of clothing all over the world. One way to customise your denim jacket is to add studs, or small metal pieces, that you can arrange in patterns.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Jewellery pliers
Lay the denim jacket flat across your lap or across a flat surface like a table. The outside of the jacket should face you, with the inside of the jacket facing down. Turn it so that the area you intend to stud is directly in front of you.
Line up one stud with the spot where you want it to go. Press firmly into the jacket so the prongs of the stud pass through the denim to the inside. Because denim is thin, the prongs will pass through with just a little bit of pressure from your fingers.
Flip the jacket over, and find the stud prongs. Grasp the prong with the jewellery pliers and pull to make sure the stud has passed all the way through the denim.
Grasp one prong with the jewellery pliers and fold it toward the centre of the stud, so that it is flat against the denim material. Repeat with each prong. Folding the prongs will keep the stud in place and prevent the prongs from scratching you.
Repeat with each stud until you have completed your pattern.
Tips and warnings
- Studs and jewellery pliers are available at arts and crafts stores.
- The number of studs you need to complete a denim jacket will depend on the size of the jacket, pattern you wish to create and space between the studs.
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