Supplies needed to make cufflinks

Updated February 21, 2017

Cufflinks are items that are worn on shirts with French cuffs. They hold the cuffs together and add a decorative element to a man's attire. Cufflinks give a casual outfit a more formal look. Making cufflinks is a straightforward project, and the tools to make the cufflinks are found at most craft stores.

Cufflink Backs

Cufflink backs are the actually snapping mechanism that allows the cufflinks to hold the two edges of the cuff together. There is a swivelling bar that can be moved into a horizontal position to lock the cufflink into place. There is a flat pad where the decorative elements of the cufflink are affixed. Cufflink backs come in gold and silver finishes, and they may be matt or glossy with a high shine.

Decorative Elements

The decorative elements on a cufflink are visible when the cufflink is attached to your sleeve. These elements are affixed to the cufflink back's pad. Some examples include semiprecious stone, shell, polished bone and petrified bone. A simple decorative bezel made of high-quality resin is a striking choice for personalised cufflinks. You may also affix buttons to the cufflink pads. Shape polymer clay into various decorative elements and bake it before attaching.


Adhesive allows you to affix the decorative element to the cufflinks. There are several adhesives that can be used when you are making cufflinks. Hot glue is easy to control and dries fast. Epoxy is a high-quality adhesive, but it can take a full day to dry completely. Super glue dries quickly, but it can be brittle when it is completely dry.

Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author