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Painted Sky Cuff Bracelet

About this design:

I am so excited to be carrying this line of micro fasteners. The biggest reason I am excited is that finally I can fasten lampwork and ceramic beads (or any beads really) to a brass cuff. The bolts are long and the washers allow for you to use the bolts with holes that are a little larger. They are really easy to secure and create a funky industrial look. With this particular design, I wanted to play with that industrial look by combining the micro fasteners with handmade art beads and a painted cuff. The leather created a soft barrier between the lamp work and ceramic beads and the metal.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 2 lamp work glass beads
  • 1 ceramic disk
  • 1 TierraCast hammertone disk 25mm
  • 3 snippets of leather
  • 1 3" length of 10mm leather lace
  • brass cuff
  • various Vintaj Patina Inks
  • 7 washers
  • 3 micro bolts
  • 3 nuts
  • sharpie
  • scissors

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Mark on the cuff using a sharpie, where you want to punch your holes. Use the smaller end of the two hole punch. It is important to punch your holes before applying the patina inks.
Step 2:
Punch holes on your snippets of leather.
Step 3:
Patina or paint using Vintaj Patina Inks on your cuff. Let the ink/paint dry fully, then lightly sand or use as-is.
Step 4:
Set each of the segments on the cuff using the micro fasteners.

Ceramic Disk Segment = 0-80 brass bolt + #0 stainless steel washer + #0 copper washer + leather bit + ceramic disk + 25mm hammer tone disk + middle hole in 3" piece of leather + cuff + #0 brass washer + 0-80 brass hex nut

Lampwork Glass Segments = 0-80 brass bolt + #0 copper washer + leather bit + lampwork bead + end hole in 3" piece of leather + cuff + #0 brass washer + 0-80 brass hex nut
Step 5:
Use socket wrench #0 for 0-80 hex head bolts, to tighten the bolts.
Step 6:
What to do with the long bolts?
Step 7:
Cut the ends of the bolts flush with the hex nut in the underside of the cuff. Don't use your standard jewelry cutting pliers, you will ruin them! I stole Kevin's wire cutters from the toolbox in our basement!
Step 8:
This is how the underside of your cuff should look once you have trimmed the bolt ends. If the underside is scratchy, cover with a bit of leather and epoxy or try sanding the trimmed bolt.

Buy Products from this Design

Piece $13.70

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

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    So cool!! Thank you for the tut!! and I have to try this!! :)

  2. Saundra S
    Saundra S says:

    Looks like something I would love to try…soon!

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    stagedoc says:

    Wow. Now I know how to use ceramic rondelles with rivets. Can’t wait to try this!

  4. Asia
    Asia says:

    I love it, but have one question Ali, aren’t those nuts hard on your skin?

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    M McMenamy says:

    I love it and thanks for some great ideas, and just in time. My order was delivery today. I might be able to try something over the weekend.

  6. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Cool! Would these work with two holed buttons or would the heads bump together?

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    SASSY T says:


  8. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Love the design and color. Isn’t hardware fun? :)

  9. Ruby and me
    Ruby and me says:

    Design is beautiful, but all that metal on the skin side looks uncomfortable.

  10. wardjacqui
    wardjacqui says:

    hard to find them eggs!!

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    D Donaldson says:

    OK…..great design, but the bolts and nuts are not among the available products shown. Where does one get them?

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    Jax luvs jewels says:

    WOW!!!! I LOVE your cuff bracelet!! Your tutorial has inspired me to start creating again!! I love cuff bracelets and your design has taken them to a whole new level for me!
    Beautiful design …I especially love the earthiness of it and your tutorial is one of the best I’ve seen in a long time!!
    Thank You!!!

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