I don’t know about you but I sure am glad I serve a God who showers me with grace. Even when I don’t deserve it. I made this bracelet as a reminder that it’s His grace and goodness that sustains me. When life hits hard, I need to be reminded of this simple but profound truth. So…let me tell you how I made this little reminder for myself.
* 1/2″ Leather cut to the size you prefer. I used this leather.
* 1/4″ Nickel Silver Blank. I actually cut one of my 1/4″ x 6″ Nickel Silver 16g Bracelet Blanks to make this blank. 16g is super thick and a bit hard to cut so you may want to get one of my 1/4″ x 2″ blanks in 22g Nickel. Your hands will thank you!
* Antique Silver Flower Stamping. I riveted this little beauty with a nail head rivet and then glued a flat backed crystal on top of the rivet.
* Nail Head Rivet. I used this 1/4″ oxidized nail head rivet.
* Flat Back Crystal
* Two Hole Metal Punch – This is the tool to use if you are going to make holes in thick leather for nail head rivets. The EuroPower Punch can not makes holes small enough for the nail head rivets. Sad but true!
* Waxed Cotton Cord in Black
* Steel Bench Block
* Jewelry glue
How It’s Done:
* Stamp your message on your tag and darken the impressions with your Sharpie or your patina. Create holes in your tag with your Two-Hole Metal Punch. Use the silver handle side (1/16″) for the nail head rivet. You can use the other end (the black handle) of the Punch to make a larger hole for your waxed cotton cord. I also add a slight curve to my tags with my Bracelet Bending Pliers since our wrists are not flat but curved. (You don’t have to do this, it’s just what I like to do.) Set aside.
* Cut leather to your desired length allowing enough of an overlap for your button stud closure. You can go ahead and attach your Button Stud Set. Use your Leather Rotary Punch to create a hole in one end of your leather for the stud base. Tip: I also put a little bit of jewelry glue inside the Ball portion before screwing together for some extra security. Add a hole in the other end of your leather to accommodate the Ball portion of your closure. I also use my Exacto knife to add a little slit to the hole so the button will fit through the hole properly. Easy does it, though. You don’t want to make your hole or your slit too large or your pretty little bracelet will not be secure. It’s kinda like getting your hair cut – you can always take off a little more but you can’t add it back on once it’s cut. If you are unsure – start with a small hole and slit and work your way to the perfect fit. Just sayin’!
* Wrap the leather around your wrist and determine the best place to attach your metal tag. This is especially important if you are making a wrap bracelet. You don’t want the button stud closure to end up being the focal point! So, take a minute to play with it and see where the best placement is for your tag.
* Place the tag on your leather and mark your holes with the tip of an ink pen. Use your rotary punch to put holes in leather.
* Align the flower stamping on top of the blank and slide in your rivet. Place the washer on the back side. Trim your rivet and rivet it into place with your riveting hammer. You can see how this is done in my nail head riveting tutorial.
* Use some waxed cotton cord to attach the other end of your blank to the leather.
* Add the crystal to the top of the rivet with some E-6000 or jewelry glue.