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Tips & Techniques

Get tips and techniques to become a better beader at Lima Beads.


Embellishing Leather Cuffs

Our leather cuffs could certainly pass for a bracelet as is: the leather is soft, supple and elegant looking. But I know we’re a creative group and want to express our creativity in everything we do– we want to experiment, embellish and engrave our mark on the plain and mundane. I came up with a few ideas here to take the leather cuff to the next level. This will give you an idea of the sort of techniques you can enact on these cuffs to truly make them your own!


The Metallic Cuff

Metallic Leather CuffThis look is really easy to achieve. All you need is a metallic StazOn ink pad and a couple of darker, earthy colored StazOn ink pads. I chose to use the gold metallic paired with saddle brown and timber brown. StazOn is a solvent-based ink that was designed specifically for non-porous and semi-porous surfaces such as leather so it’s really a no-brainer choice. :-) All I had to do was stamp the metallic ink pad directly onto and across the leather cuff. Then I came in with the two different browns using them sparingly to distress the metallic gold. Less than 5 minutes later: Voilá!– classy vintage.

Step-by-step instructions here, in the design gallery!


The Re-purposed Focal

Re-purposing a Focal onto a Leather CuffFocals aren’t just for necklaces– you can stitch them to your leather cuff to be the centerpiece of a bracelet. I took a Green Girl floral pendant and stitched it to the leather using 4 ply Irish waxed linen. The Irish waxed linen is great to use for this since it gives a great strong hold, so long as you have pulled it taut while stitching through the holes. You’ll want to use a rotary hole punch for punching holes with ease in the leather. Here, I punched holes around the border of the cuff so that I could add in a softer material to play off of the floral theme.  A collapsible eye needle makes stitching through the holes with a larger material like ribbon a breeze. Step-by-step instructions here, in the Design Gallery!

Get even more creative by trying one of these focals:



The Charm Bracelet

charm bracelet on a leather cuff

Charm bracelets are typically on chain, right? I thought why not try it out on a leather cuff. Using just a rotary hole punch, leather cuff, charms, and jump rings you can invent a new take on the traditional charm bracelet. There are so many different themes you could explore with a variety of jump rings (colors and styles) or charms and other beads!

Step-by-step instructions here, in the Design Gallery!


The Stamped & Inked Cuff

Stamped & Inked CuffFirst we’re using alcohol inks to color the leather. Alcohol inks are great in this case because you can blend several colors together giving a beautiful washed look. A rotary hole punch makes it easy to punch the size hole you want and the Irish waxed linen is the perfect material for stitching into the leather holes since it strong and grips in place when you stitch it through. I personalized this design by stamping text onto a copper blank and attaching it with the Irish waxed linen. You could also attach some of the Vintaj DecoRivets by punching holes into the leather, then just fold down the points to secure.

Step-by-step instructions here, in the Design Gallery!

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    P Scrabeck says:

    How about studs and those pointed things to use on the bracelets. Do you have any of those? My granddaughter is a week-end goth person and I would like to make her some cool bracelets.

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    Linda U says:

    How long are these leather cuffs? I know a couple men that would like them but need to know if they are long enough to go around a large wrist.

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    Katrina S says:

    I LOVE the leather cuff charm bracelet! Gorgeous! I wish I could “Pin It”.

  4. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    That’s a good question; I wondered the same. The 235 millimeter conversion to inches equals 9.25 (inches), but that doesn’t account for what looks like an inch crossover to the first snap. I know that an eight inche cuff would be too snug from my husband :)

  5. Ali
    Ali says:

    The measurements from snap to snap are approximately 7.5″ and 8.375″.
    Hope that helps :-)

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    J comeau says:

    i have aleather cuffbracelet & it has rinestone studs about 6mm can you show to make and where to get the studs? joan c.

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