Friday, December 14, 2018

Embossed Leather Cuff with Concho Focal

Get the traditional look of tooled leather even if you don't have any leather crafting skills. Tooling leather is the traditional leather technique where you "sculpt" the leather to create patterns. But you can replicate the look even when you don't have any leather crafting skills. And it's as easy as 1,2,3! All you need is an embossing folder and die cutting machine. Team the patterned leather with a concho, filigree and charms and you have a very chic, bohemian leather cuff.
DIY Boho chic embossed leather cuff

Here's a shopping list of the supplies you'll need:

SS 1504202 Realeather leather strip Brown 1.5x42”
BC786 Realeather Rope Edge Concho
T3630-20 20L Snap Setter Kit
Embossing folder: Leaves and branches
DecoArt Metallic Lustre: Brilliant Turquoise; Copper Kettle; Burnished Brass
48mm ornate round brass or antique gold filigree
3 assorted leaf charms in brass and silver
Two 4mm brass jump rings
One 4mm Silver jump ring
Beacon Power Grip Adhesive
Tools: Sizzix Big Shot, chain nose pliers, screwdriver, 4mm hole punch, 2mm hole punch, hammer, scissors, ruler, permanent marker

Measure your wrist and add 6mm (¼”) for comfort and 12mm (½”) for the closure. Cut a strip of leather to this length.
Using scissors to cut the leather belt to size

Place one end of the leather strip in the embossing folder and run it half way through the die cutting machine to emboss it. Remove the leather from the embossing folder and place the other end of the leather strip in the folder and emboss it.
Embossing the leather strip by running it through the Big Shot machine

Using your finger, lightly rub the turquoise metallic wax over the embossed pattern. Highlight the texture with the brass and copper metallic waxes.
Applying the metallic wax to the embossed detail of the leather

Punch a 4mm hole in the middle of the bracelet.
Using a hole punch to cut a hole in the leather

Apply adhesive to the inner opening of the brass stamping.
Using a toothpick to apply the adhesive to the fine detail of the filigree

Centre it over the hole and allow the adhesive to dry before proceeding.
Centering the filigree on the leather strip

Insert the shaft of the concho screw through the hole, place the concho on top and tighten it.
Placing the concho onto the thread of the base screw

Open two brass and one silver jump ring. Place a charm on each and insert through the loop of the brass stamping.
Using pliers to attach the charms to the filigree

Mark the positions for the snaps at either end of the bracelet. Position them approximately 3/8” from the ends and the sides of the leather. Punch a 2mm hole at each mark.
Using a Crop-o-Dile to punch the holes for the snaps

Follow the instructions included in the Snap Setter kit to attach the snaps.
Using a rivet setting tool to set the snaps in the leather

And now you can wear your "tooled" leather cuff!

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'Til next time.....

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