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Bumblebee Cuff

About this design:

Designer: Becky Nunn

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • Wide Black Leather Cuff
  • 2- Brass Birch Leaves Embellishment
  • Brass Grande Bumblebee
  • Copper Micro Screw & Nut Set
  • Hole Punching Pliers
  • Nylon Jaw Bending Pliers

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Using a pair of Nylon Jaw Ring Bending Pliers, carefully bend the 2 pieces of Nunn Design Brass Birch Leaves Embellishments. I like to start on one end and crimp down from one end to the other until they are smoothly curved.
Step 2:
Using a pair of Euro Punch Pliers, punch three holes into the Brass Birch Leaves Embellishments – one hole on three separate leaves. Once both of the Leaves are punched, place them on the Leather Cuff Bracelet and determine where you would like your center point to be.
Step 3:
While holding one of the Leaves in position; use the Euro Punch Pliers to create a small indentation onto the Leather Cuff Bracelet. This indentation will indicate where to punch the leather. Remove the Leaves and punch through the Leather Cuff Bracelet with the Euro Punch Pliers.
Step 4:
Thread the Micro Screws through the Leaves and Leather Cuff Bracelet. Attach the nut onto the back. To make sure that the bolts don’t come undone with wear and tear, I use a dab of G-S Hypo Cement Glue. I place a couple drops right at the base of the leather/screw shank and tighten the nut down into it.
Step 5:
Using a pair of Flush Cutters, trim the excess shank of the screw. Make sure to hold the shank in your fingers when cutting. I almost put my photographer’s eye out with this cutting job! Sorry Melissa!
Step 6:
Using a file, or in my case, an emery board from my purse, file down the cut end of the screw until smooth.
  Step 7:
Repeat steps 3-6 to attach the other Brass Birch Leaves Embellishment onto the other side.
Step 8:
Using the Euro Punch Pliers, punch two holes into the Brass Grande Bumblebee Embellishment. It may indent the bee a wee bit, and in all honestly, I had my husband drill me a couple holes on mine. You may need to trim away any spurs on the underside of the bee with your Flush Cutters, making it easier for your screw to pass through the hole.
Step 9:
Hold your punched Brass Grande Bumblebee Embellishment (that sounds funny to me) in position and thread your Micro Screw into the punched hole. You are again putting an indentation onto the leather so you know just where to punch your hole with the Euro Punch Pliers.
Step 10:
Thread your remaining 2 Micro Screw through the Brass Grande Bumblebee Embellishment and through the leather. Repeat Steps 4-6.

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Measurements: 1.5mm punch

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    Deb Harding says:

    Bee-u-ti-ful! Sorry couldn’t resist.

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    This is lovely! The black cuff really sets off the components…dramatic!

  3. Ali
    Ali says:

    I asked Becky and she said that to just use a pair of cutters (suitable for the gauge) to snip off the extra length on the screw.

  4. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Wow! What a gorgeous piece!

  5. Asia
    Asia says:

    Love this one :D

  6. Laud
    Laud says:

    Awesome! The leaf and bee components are so striking. Arranged this way, they’re really dramatic.

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    Meredith B says:

    Love cuffs + gold black and bees. All components push my buttons

  8. Kraftycat aka Fern
    Kraftycat aka Fern says:

    This is bee-utiful! Can you use rivets instead of the screws?

  9. J POGUE
    J POGUE says:

    Where can I purchase the Wide Black Leather Cuff? Thx, love the design !!!

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    Patricia Law says:

    My only question is the one from Kraftycat – please let me know if ordinary rivets can be used instead of the screws? I really appreciate you sharing your talents. Thank you so much.

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