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    S KatollakaSue on “Owl's Nest”:
    “It's a really beautiful piece. Love the colors and components, and am severely envious of your…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love that owl bar too! The beads you put with it are perfect!…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks kye! I found a site that sells Mag-Lok clasps for 1.99 and they…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Vintaj sells a natural brass magnet clasp I use a lot. It's really strong and matches…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Gorgeous. Love the colours and the focal.. How can you go wrong with owls…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks everyone! Kye and Moogie.....helpful tips are always appreciated.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I can see why you fell in love with that owl bar. It is so neat.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love the colors of the beads & how well they go with the bar &…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Ditto! and a Fave!…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Owl's Nest”:
    “So cute. Beads are also pefect compliment to the bar. I love your chain and jump…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Owl's Nest”:
    “This is so cute! Love the colors!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Absolutely, positively stunning!! You have found the perfect beads to go with the darling bracelet…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Thanks, again! I am in total agreement about Rena over at Jewelry Making Journal...lots of…” read »

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    Kerrycasey1956 on “Paint Drops”:
    “Will you be getting any more of the multi color teardrop chain in? I would love to…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “All wrapped up...”:
    “I bow to your superior skills with wire! This is stunning, just so unique! Lots to…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “Celestial Connection”:
    “This has an "other-worldly" look. The colors and balance are perfect. And the focal! Really beautiful.…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendant is drop dead gorgeous! The whole piece is lovely and the clasp! Very nice!…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “This is stunning! I love the colors and I, too, am a huge fan of bronze.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Awww, thanks everyone. You're the best! Got the little bells from Lima! They ARE cute! And…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Hey Lynda, I know I wrote a comment but I don't see it here... So, I love…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Wow! This is so amazing! I never would have thought of putting all this together but…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The beads look fabulous with your pendent! I know how difficult it can be to take…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Gorgeous pendant - what a wonderful job you have made with it. The filigree echoes…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Just gorgeous Moogie. Such a rich looking set. There is so much to look…” read »

  • Snnje B
    Snnje B on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Love it!…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Oops!!! I meant to say bronze.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Beautiful set!I agree with Fresh Baked- I keep looking at the necklace and find something new…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Earthy Mix”:
    “This is sooo beautiful! Love how the filigree compliments the detail in the pendant.…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Love that pendant! Very pretty.…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Thanks so much everyone!…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Oh you are so good with polymer clay! Did you play with Playdoh alot as a…” read »

  • beadinggma
    beadinggma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Your work keeps getting more beautiful!!! The pendant is gorgeous and you have a knack…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Such a rich mix of metal and beads...especially on the layered necklace. Every inch has something…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendent is beautiful! Looking forward to seeing more of your PC work.…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Celestial Connection”:
    “Fun and edgy set of jewelry...Love the iridescent colors!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “A beautiful, simply elegant set where every element speaks affectionately with every other one. I'd wear…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Pendant, gorgeous. Beads, also. What really catches my attention is the clasp arrangement! It's really pretty…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Absolutely beautiful! This caught my eye as soon as I opened the page. I love your…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Earthy Mix”:
    “I love the pendant! The beads enhance it so well, also. The colors are…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Moogie, this is a great necklace to showcase each and every component of this great necklace!…” read »

Sunshine Leather Cuff

About this design:

I really wanted to experiment with alcohol inks on my new leather cuff. Once I started I just loved the effect that it gave me, but it was calling for a little something more. So I decided to stitch in some Irish waxed linen and use it to attach a Vintaj artisan copper blank. The sunshine theme comes from a song my kids love to sing with me which is why I stamped the word SUNSHINE and their initials.

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The products in this design are listed below.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Lay flat your cuff in preperation to be inked. Select your color alcohol inks and apply in varying places and amounts to the applicator pad.
Step 2:
Apply the alcohol inks to the leather cuff. After I applied the inks, I waited a moment then gently swiped down the leather to blend my colors. Then I went in with a freshly applied alcohol ink applicator and added a bit more ink for some depth.
Step 3:
Decide on the placement of your focal. (Remember you're going to be wearing and bending the cuff, so close attention to focal placement here while the cuff is flat is essential). Lay it on the cuff exactly where you want it and mark the holes.
Step 4:
Punching a hole in the leather is very easy. Simply choose the size hole you want to punch, I went with the smallest. Rotate the sizes around until you have the one you want to use matching up with the brass plate on the opposing side. Place your rotary punch appropriately and squeeze until you feel the hole pop through.
Step 5:
Once you have you focal holes punched, mark out the border holes evenly and punch.
Step 6:
Stitch through the border holes using the 4 ply Irish waxed linen. I tripled it on the ends and double stitched on the sides. When you get the focal holes, stitch through once and wait until you are ready to attach the stamped copper piece.
Step 7:
I added a bit of texture using my brass hammer. You could use an actual texturing hammer instead. I chose my brass one because it was on hand and I decided at the last minute to texture it. :-)
Step 8:
Flatten out your metal, then tape in place. I used blue painters tape. The tape serves two purposes for me. First: it holds the metal down, so that I don't have to worry about it moving while I'm trying to stamp the letters. Second: it gives me a line to follow so that my text is relatively straight!
Step 9:
Stamp out your letters. Once the stamping is complete, I used Vintaj Patina Inks to color the metal and a Sharpie to fill in the letters. After applying each, I wiped the copper so that it wasn't too much coverage-- you can do this to taste.
Step 10:
Place leather cuff on wrist as it would be worn. Lay the copper blank where it will be attached and form it on the leather giving the copper a gentle curve.
Step 11:
Stitch copper to the cuff using the waxed linen.
Step 12:
Once the copper has been attached take length of silk ribbon along with the tails of waxed linen and wrap around the cuff and copper several times. Make sure that you are pulling the ribbon and waxed linen taut while you wrap. Tie a secure overhand knot a couple times and you're done.
Step 13:
Completed cuff!

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Piece $13.70

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Measurements: Hole sizes include 1/8", 9/64", 5/32", 11/64", 13/64" and 7/32"

Read the comments (or add your own)

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Yup! Love this one too!

  2. TheBohemianCowgirls
    TheBohemianCowgirls says:

    Not sure if I love this one more or the charm one?!! You are awesome! You explain how to make them so nicely:)

  3. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    This is my favorite! I have been waiting to try the stamps and inks I bought from LB and now I know what I will try first! You rock, girl!!

  4. Chickie Nonnie T
    Chickie Nonnie T says:

    Nice, I’m going to have to order some of the leather bracelets. I still haven’t opened my alcohol inks yet…

  5. Ali
    Ali says:

    Thanks everyone! Can’t wait to see what you all come up with :-)

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    It never occured to me that you could mix Vintaj patinas with the alcohol inks! Cool!

    I’m assuming they work find together?

  7. Ali
    Ali says:

    I used the patina inks on the metal and the alcohol inks on the leather. I don’t think they would work well mixed. If you would want to thin out your patina inks, I recommend using the Vintaj glaze.

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    Debbbie S says:

    This is all new to me because I’m only into beading and wirework,but I can’t wait to try it

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    J Barron says:

    I LOVE THIS BRACELET!! Great job!

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