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

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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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