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Description from EPBCornell: Just an idea for the cz links:
Attach a jump ring to each side of the link. With a razor blade, feather down/taper down two ends of leather strip for about 5/8" to a fine edge at the end. Spread cement thinly ("barge cement" is the best, used as directed on the package, but I think E6000 will work if you give it long enough to dry) on the tapered section of the leather strip ends. Ensuring the colored side of the leather will be on the same side as the good side of the link, wrap each cemented end section through and around a jump ring, covering the seam, and fold back on itself so that the end meets the beginning of the trimmed taper section, glue on glue. Press & let set, if using E6000. Barge cement is pretty much instantaneous. Measure or put the assembly around the wrist, allowing only about 1/4" for the clasp (once the ends are in all the way), to determine where to cut the leather strips. You may decide not to make them equal length in order to put the clasp in the most comfortable position inside the wrist with the link centered on the back of the wrist. When decided, snip the strips to the desired lengths, mix up the tiniest batch of 5-minute epoxy, and dab it into the holes in the clasp and on the ends of the leather, very little. Don't fill up the holes, just sort of lightly coat inside the holes. Don't have globs on the leather, just moisten or saturate the ends a little ways. Check that the clasp is right way up and insert the leather ends. Ok if small ring of epoxy oozes out. If lots, you probably want to scrape it up with a piece of cardstock. Avoid paper towels or you can get lint stuck in the epoxy. Let set.

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Measurements: 12mm, 13 gauge

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Measurements: Hole size: 2x10mm, 6mm deep


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    ClovisakaLois says:

    Very pretty bracelet ideas. I love the look that can be acheived with leather and an amazing focal like the ones you’ve shown. I believe I would probably use small rivets in the leather and triangular jumprings when connecting the flat leather to the focal. I don’t trust glue connections except like those to the clasps. (I have used super glue or E6000 to glue leather to clasps. Both worked well.)
    Anyhow, your plan sounds very doable and the choices of leather colors look really pretty with the focals!

  2. Kathryn R
    Kathryn R says:

    Thank you for this fantastic design idea + instructions! I’m just itching to see the finished product. This pick is so awesome.

  3. tomasina
    tomasina says:

    !Que buenas ideas de desenos!

  4. EPBCornell
    EPBCornell says:

    Thanks for the supportive comments! Lois, I am wary of E6000 for the leather to jump ring connection, but have used barge cement to do this multiple times. It puts rivets to shame and has a seamless look without any catching corners. Once you press the cemented sides together, they will never peel apart again. So be careful you line them up well the first time! I tried posting a design for an adjustable leather-ended necklace I made on this site a couple years ago, but I was using my old iPad that kept crashing. Pictures are still stuck on that, and I’m not using another Apple device. The design featured the barge cement, and I even included the tube of it in one of the pictures. Still have that dastardly old iPad. Maybe I’ll try to post the design again.

  5. EPBCornell
    EPBCornell says:

    Welcome any tech advice to transfer photos from Apple device to Android or Google storage.

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    ClovisakaLois says:

    I’m sure however you make the glued connection, it will make a beautiful design!
    I’m not familiar with a lot of different glues, but a strong glued connection would, no doubt, be less expensive and require fewer materials and tools than riveting.

  7. Kathryn R
    Kathryn R says:

    Thanks for the tip re: Barge Cement. Is it sold at Lima Beads?

  8. EPBCornell
    EPBCornell says:

    Sorry, no Barge cement at LB. I got mine on Amazon.

  9. EPBCornell
    EPBCornell says:

    You may also be able to find it in a hardware store with industrial adhesives.

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    MH says:

    WOW!! You’ve done a ton of work and experimentation from which other makers can benefit. Kudos!!

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