Friday, April 15, 2011

Spiral Leather Cuff

One of my best finds at CHA this year was a wonderful company just entering the jewellery making market: Silver Creek Leather.

Up until now, Silver Creek Leather has manufactured traditional leather craft products and tools but they have just introduced a truly unique range of silver plated jewellery components to compliment their leather craft range and I wanted to share with you one of their newest innovations: interchangeable focal centrepieces and leather bracelets. 

The bracelets are made of quality cowhide leather and are pre-punched with holes spaced perfectly apart to accommodate the screw in focal centrepieces in the range. They come in black, brown and saddle tan.

I've put together a tutorial below so you can understand how the components work. You can download a printable pdf from Mill Lane Studio.Begin by collecting all the materials you’ll need:
  • Silver Creek Leather Bracelet J7033-02 Brown; or a plain leather bracelet and leather punch
  • Deco Focal Piece J7023-00 Sterling Plated;
  • 8” (20cm) Sof-Suede Lace 749 – Pacific Green;
  • 26 x 3mm AB Jet flat back crystals;
  • Screw driver;
  • Adhesive suitable for leather
Remove the screws from the back of the Deco Focal using the screwdriver.Apply adhesive to one of the screw posts.Coil one end of the Sof-Suede Lace around the post adding adhesive to the Lace as you go. Continue coiling until you are just short of the half way mark of the cord.You should have a nice even spiral of approximately 4 rotations.Coil the free end of the Lace adding adhesive as you go to secure the Lace. Continue coiling until it is the same size as the first coil.Apply a small amount of adhesive to the remaining screw post and secure the coil in position.Place one of the screws into the leather bracelet from the back.
Position the Deco Focal over the screw and use the screwdriver to tighten.
Screw the second screw into the remaining post.The Deco Focal and spiral are now held securely in place.Arrange the crystals in a pleasing manner over the bracelet and spirals. Glue into place with the adhesive.
When you're ready for a change, you can change up the look of your jewellery by unscrewing the posts and inserting a different focal. Or add one of the great suede shapes that also come in the range. For another look, you can screw in a set of stud focals instead. As I said, the pieces are interchangeable. Isn't that a great idea?!!

I hope you'll search out this very clever range of components. They are something really unique to the jewellery making market!

'Til next time.....

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  1. Hi, i am very interesting in your next acrylic workshop on the 7th May, however, it was not possible to access your email address through your website, it is not working. Would you please reply to this comment with your email address so that I can get in touch with you? Thanks. Ana.

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