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Riveted metallic leather tabs are strung on round leather strings to create a fun and earthy bracelet with a button closure.

Author Karla Schafer
Karla Schafer
Auntie's Beads Designer


This project uses hole punching and a riveting technique, if you are not familiar with these techniques, please watch the following videos:
Hole Punch Tools Video
Rivet and Snap Setter Kits Video
  1. Cut the leather blank in half length wise and then cut (4) 1 1/2" rectangles.
  2. Using the leather cord as a guide for width, apply a thin line of GS Hypo cement to the very edge of the short end of the leather rectangle and carefully roll it around the leather cord to where the glue coated edge touches the back of the leather. Hold down with tweezers until the glue sets enough to repeat for the other end.
  3. Glue all tabs and let them set up.
  4. Find the middle of the tab and mark the backside with a pen, to punch the hole for the rivet.
  5. Place the rivet from the face of the leather and set with the hammer.
  6. Cut a piece of leather cord 30" in length and center the button on it, tying an overhand knot just below the button.
  7. String the tabs onto the leather cord, using an awl or reamer to open up the channel if necessary.
  8. Tie another overhand knot below the tabs about 1/2" below the last strung leather tab.
  9. To create the closure for the button, we will create a "button hole" by making another overhand knot above the last one large enough to fit the button. My last knot is right at 7 1/2".
  10. Trim the excess leather an inch above the knot.

Tools and Materials Needed:

1.5" x 7.5" Leather Bracelet Blanks, Silver/Bronze- 1pc
Eyelet Setter Kit- 4pc
TierraCast Antique Silver Bali Flower Button, 18mm- 1pc
2mm Round Leather Cord, Copper- 30"
BeadSmith Bench Block With Wood Base, 4x4"- 1pc
The BeadSmith 1 Pound Brass Head Mallet
Mini Punch Set
or
Revolving Punch Plier
G-S Hypo Cement
Nipper Tool
Bent Nose Tweezers
Scissors

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