Leather is a difficult material to work with when making jewellery. Leather bracelets with snaps are easy to make if you use an old leather belt. The most difficult part is placing and setting the snaps. Snaps have to be set with a setter tool that is the same size as the snaps you wish to use. Snaps made specifically for leather are stronger and more durable than traditional snaps.
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Things you need
- Leather Belt
- Setter Tool
- Rotary Punch
Wrap the belt around your wrist. Make a small mark with the marker on the inside of the belt where the end and the belt meet.
Measure 2 inches from the mark. Cut the belt at this point using the scissors. A sharper cutting tool, like an Exacto knife, might work better on thick belts.
Wrap the cut piece of the belt around your wrist. Overlap the two ends evenly which would be an inch on each end.
Place a dot for each snap you want to place. The dots should not be very close to the end of the belt. Mark dots on the opposite end in the same place as the first.
Place the end of the belt inside the mouth of the rotary punch so that the dot lines up with the punch. Squeeze the rotary punch until a hole is made through the belt. Repeat for all the dots. Make sure the dots are lined up evenly before punching the holes on the opposite end of the belt.
Place the cap snap piece (the part you want to see on the front of the bracelet) through the hole on the front of the belt. Rest the snap upside down on the anvil. Place the socket piece of the snap(the one with the smaller hole) over the cap piece. It should fit easy. Place the setter tool over the socket piece and gently press down to hold it all in place. Hammer the end of the setter tool with the mallet.
Place the post piece through the hole opposite the first on the other end of the belt. The post should be placed up through the underside of the belt. Rest the post on the anvil. Place the stud piece (with the large hole) over the post. Place the setter tool and hammer with the mallet. Repeat for all snaps to complete the bracelet.
Tips and warnings
- Line 24 snaps work best for leather, but other types can be used on thin leather. If you use Line 24 snaps you need a Line 24 setter.
- Some snaps have a long post and are great for thick leather pieces.
- Leather can be etched to make intricate designs.
- Using a rotary punch takes a lot of strength. Punching a lot of holes will get tiring fast.
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