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Polka Dot Leather Cuff

This leather cuff becomes super playful with punched holes that peek through to colorful anodized aluminum blanks. We riveted our materials together. We used a green leather cuff on the inside, for a base and lining, and a black leather cuff on the outside to make the colors pop. The cuff features one our our brass raised edge long rectangle pendant. We cut the top loop off of the blank, bent it with our nylon bracelet pliers, and riveted it to the center for all to see. A variation on this project would be to simply punch holes in a leather cuff and leave the back blank to peak-a-boo onto the skin beneath.      

Step-By-Step Instructions
  1. Take the black leather cuff, and with a pencil, lightly mark where the brass raised edge long rectangle pendant will go, along with the polka dot punch marks.
  2. With the Power Punch Plier, punch your "dots" out of the leather cuff. We used the largest punch on the tool (9/32").
  3. Now take the green leather cuff (the inside one) and cut off the snaps on both sides of the bracelet with scissors. The snaps on the black leather cuff will work as the closure for the bracelet.
  4. Layer the black cuff on top of the green leather and BEND the two pieces together as though they are being put onto a wrist. It is important to curve the two pieces together because the holes lay differently when the leather is flat vs curved. While the two pieces are curved take a ball point pen, and trace out the holes onto the green leather in the spots where you want to place the colorful anodized aluminum blanks. TIP: Do not trace a circle where the hole will remain green with the leather bracelet showing through. Leave those spaces blank as there is no need to mark it.
  5. Lay out the anodized aluminum blanks on the green leather where the markings are traced. Place them by color the way that looks the most pleasing. Then take them off the leather but lay them out in a way that will be easy to reassemble on the leather.
  6. Start riveting the blanks to the green leather using the riveting system. Be sure to cover the pen marks completely with the anodized aluminum blanks. Follow the Riveting System instructions, and punch the rivet holes first through the blanks, then through the leather. Take your time and be sure to line the holes up carefully. We riveted with the tubular rivet head situated on the inside. So the closed, flat end is situated on the suede side and the open tube comes out the green side.
  7. Set aside the green leather once all the blanks are riveted in place. Take the brass blank, cut off the top loop and file it down. Then stamp a name or sentiment onto the blank. Make sure to leave room for the rivet holes on each end.
  8. Punch the rivet holes into the brass blank and then with the nylon jaw bracelet bending pliers create a nice curve in the blank. Then match the blank up where it needs to go on the bracelet and mark the holes on the black leather cuff. Then punch holes through the black leather cuff as well. Line up the black cuff and the green leather. Mark and punch the riveting holes though the green leather too.
  9. To secure all three layers (the brass blank, the black leather and the green leather) use 1/4" long rivet it into place. Repeat these steps for the right side of the blank.
  10. It is important that this bracelet gets riveted into a curved shape. Keep that in mind as you rivet it completely together. The next two rivets go to the right and left side of the blank (dispersed among the polk-a-dots). Measure approximately 2 inches to the right and left of the brass blank and then punch a hole through the two leather pieces. Riveting with nail head rivets, rivet the last two connections together the same way you connected the plaque blank. Don't forget the rivet accent to anchor your rivet in the leather.

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