I created this saddle tack inspired bracelet by simply adding intervals of eyelets and finished the piece with a great antique brass closure, especially made for flat leather.
Karla Schafer, Aunties 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
- Cut the leather to fit the desired length minus 1/2" for the clasp. I cut the leather 7" for a 7 1/2" bracelet
- Turn the leather wrong side up on your work surface and mark the placement of the eyelets. Using a ruler, find the center and mark it. From there, make a mark 1 inch apart, for a total of 5 eyelets.
- Using the correct size hole punch, punch the holes using the revolving punch pliers or the mini punch set.
- Insert the ant. brass eyelets into the holes and then set them using the setting tool according to the video.
- Carefully add a bit of Zap-a-Gap to the end of the leather and insert it into one half of the clasp. Hold until set.
- Repeat for the other half of clasp to complete the bracelet.
Tools and Materials Needed:
2mm x 10mm Flat Leather, Black- 7"
Antique Brass Clasp for Flat Leather, 18x28mm
Eyelet Setter Kit- 5pc
BeadSmith Bench Block With Wood Base, 4x4"- 1pc
The BeadSmith 1 Pound Brass Head Mallet
Mini Punch Set
Revolving Punch Plier
Zap-A-Gap Quick Drying Adhesive, .5 oz