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Armored Cuff

About this design:

I decided to pull from my architecture roots with this piece. I incorporated a post-industrial style using the new Vintaj decorivets and the softness of the leather and linen. To further the feeling of restoring something, I treated the cuff portion with alcohol inks to wash the brass with a darker translucence.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 2' wide leather lacing
  • 3' leather lacing
  • 2 yes Irish waxed linen
  • jump rings

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
The first step that I took was embellishing the wide blank connector with decorivets. Taking the marcasite border decorivet, I snugly placed one as far up into the width of the blank as I could, then folded down the prongs. I took another marcasite border decorivet and folded the prongs outward, placing it next to the one that I just attached on the wider side of the blank. I then folded over those prongs to secure it.
Step 2:
I wanted to have a matching component on each end, one to be used for attaching the clasp, and the other for attaching the leather to complete the bracelet. I chose to use the marcasite framed decorivet since it has matching characteristics and the other components, as well as a nice size opening for what I was using it for. I simply placed the prongs into the cutouts on the wide blank connector and folded them over securely.
Step 3:
Embellishing the cuff with materials other than just metal softens the appearance, giving it more of a handmade quality. I think the Irish waxed linen and deertan leather lace compliment each other nicely.
Step 4:
The 10mm leather lace fits perfectly within the framed decorivet, leaving the other 2 sides to be filled with the remaining deertan leather. I doubled up the leather that I put through each opening.
Step 5:
I needed to secure the leather in place before braiding it. I secured the wider lacing by wrapping Irish waxed linen around and around. Then I secured the 5mm deertan in place using an overhand knot. Once everything was secure, I began braiding. Watch the leather closely during this step to make sure it isn't flipping around.
Step 6:
Using the pea pod decorivet, I made a hook for the clasp. This is actually really easy and the metal keeps its shape. Take your round nose pliers and fold over one of the prongs to attach to the jump ring that has been knotted with the deertan leather. Take the other prong and fold it down flat against the back using your chain nose pliers. Then, using your bail making pliers, fold the top end around to create a hook. Trim the ends of then leather, secure any knots with adhesive, and you're done!

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  1. Blue Glass Studio
    Blue Glass Studio says:

    I LoVe this bracelet! It is awsome! Great job!

  2. daisymae
    daisymae says:

    Another awesome job! Ali you rock! :)

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    I WANT ONE!!

  4. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    WOW…that is gorgeous…

  5. CatPark
    CatPark says:

    This is super fantastic! I love the color combination. Nice job!

  6. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Wow that is a statement piece.

  7. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Absolutely AWESOME!!!! 8O

  8. Ali
    Ali says:

    Thanks, everyone, for the kind words!

  9. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Ali, you’ve done it again! You have a true gift for creating unique pieces that appeal to all of us! Love, love, love how you’ve combined so many wonderful elements into a true one-of-a-kind bracelet! Thanks for the instructions, too. :D

  10. Laud
    Laud says:

    So interesting. What a great way to use the new elements. Love the colors, too.

  11. Asia
    Asia says:

    Love the colors, great new elements, thinking about recycling old leather purses ;)

  12. Ali
    Ali says:

    Thanks again everyone.
    @Asia – I have been thinking about reusing an old turquoise leather purse of mine too. Maybe I’ll turn it into cuff bracelets or rings, who knows :-)

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Awesome bracelet Ali!

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    C Abreau says:

    So original! Love it.

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    S Cushing says:

    Excited to make my first project from this site.

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    D WOOD says:

    I wish the detail instructions were more complete – how did the alcohol inks figure in? and the matte multimediums? there were two that looked identical used and for what? I may be alone in this but I don’t know what a lot of these products are used for and details would be nice in helping me get design ideas – I’ve found this to be true on a lot of these – if I KNEW I’d probably go broke here – so maybe it’s better NOT to know what they are used for LOL

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    LauraW says:

    I love the idea of you using the turquoise purse! Please show us a photo and instructions. I love every one of your designs!

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