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Studded Leather Cuff

About this design:

When there is a blank surface I am going to fill it with something and this stitched leather cuff was no different. However, I didn't want to go too crazy so I decided to mix metals subtly and alternate the size of my embellishment to create interest. What I have now is a creative cuff that I can mix with other bracelets and match with everything in my closet :-)

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 7 compression rivets in a different metal finish from the rondelles/heishi you choose. (I chose antique brass since that is the color of my snaps)
  • 3 large hole twisted heishi 2x7mm (TierraCast)
  • 4 large hole twisted heishi 2x11mm (TierraCast)
  • leather cuff
  • rivet setter & anvil
  • hammer
  • rotary hole punch for leather

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Lay your pieces down on the leather cuff where you intend to rivet them, alternating between small and large heishi/rondelles. Using a pencil, make a dot in the middle of the holes. This way you can easily punch holes in your leather cuff. Now its time to punch holes in your leather. Take your rotary hole punch and match up the female end of the rivet being used to the punches. Make sure that the rivet doesn't just line up with the punch, but sort of tucks in it snuggly. Once the appropriate size punch is selected, line up your punch with the marks on the leather and punch
Step 2:
Now it's time for the fun stuff! Grab your hammer, anvil, rivet setter and rivets. Start at one end and work your way down. Take the male-end of your rivet that resembles and eyelet and pop it through the back and lay on the anvil. Place your bead cap over the hole, setting the female-end rivet on top (looks like a nail), through the hole. Press together with your fingers to make sure that the the 2 ends of the rivet are fitting with each other. Take the domed side the rivet setter and place over the top of the rivet. Holding your hammer firmly strike the rivet setter a couple times. Check your riveting to see if you need to strike another time, it shouldn't be loose.
Repeat for all remaining pieces.

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Package of 10

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Measurements: Post length 5mm, tube diameter 2.4mm

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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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  1. Frida
    Frida says:

    Cool! Love it!!

  2. Asia
    Asia says:

    Cool :D

  3. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:


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    Fresh Baked says:

    Great tutorial! Someday I hope to tackle riveting.

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    Deb Harding says:

    Totally love this one Ali. Just the right touch of metal!

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    Bullet says:

    Nice job on the cuff. Can I ask where you got the leather cuff for this project? Thanks

  7. Robin Alayne
    Robin Alayne says:

    Fub idea. I have been doing lots of leather bracelets lately.
    This is enspireing.

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