DIY -Riveted Leather Bracelet
August 16, 2013 4 Comments
The most difficult aspect of this project is correctly sizing the bracelet. This step is easiest if completed prior to adding any embellishment to the bracelet.
Attaching the clasp & sizing the bracelet
Step 1: Make two marks on the leather to indicate where holes need to be punched. The first mark should measure 1/4″ from the end of the leather strip while the second hole should measure 1 1/2″ from the end of the strip.
Step 2: Use a hole punch to pierce the leather. Make certain that the hole is centered on the leather strip.
Step 3: Feed the leather through the closed end of the “Z” clasp.
Step 4: Bring the two sides of the leather together by feeding both sides of the compression rivet together through the pierced holes. The eyelet side of the rivet should be positioned on the inside of the bracelet while the domed side of the rivet should face the front of the bracelet.
Step 5: Position the rivet in the rivet setting tool. Gently hammer the rivet closed by hitting the end of the riveter several times.
TOOL TIP: The concave sides of both the riveter and anvil help maintain the domed shape of the compression rivets. We prefer to use the flat side of the anvil for the back of the rivet and the concave side of the riveter for the front (domed cap side) of the rivet.
Step 5: Wrap the bracelet around your wrist and feed the opposite end of the leather thru the “Z” clasp. Make certain there is a little slack in the bracelet length as it is needed to be able to fasten and unfasten the leather loop that is about to be made.
Step 6: Cut the leather strip leaving 3/4″ from where it folds over the second side of the clasp. Mark and pierce the holes using the same measurements used in Step #1.
Step 7: Bring the two sides of leather together by inserting the rivet into strips with the domed side of the rivet facing the outside of the bracelet. Use the rivet setter and anvil to tighten the rivet closed.
The bracelet form is now complete. If needed, the open end of the clasp can be adjusted open a bit more to accommodate ease of attaching the leather loop. CAREFUL: the clasp can break if pulled apart too much, a little space goes a long way.
Adding embellishment to the bracelet
Step 8: Mark and pierce three holes for the bracelet embellishment. Begin by marking the center point of the bracelet then make a mark on either side 1 1/4″ away.
Step 9: Secure the woven disk to the leather strap by feeding a rivet, domed end in front, through both pieces.
Step 10: Hammer the rivet in place using the rivet setter and anvil.
Step 11: Repeat Steps 9 & 10 to attach the two remaining disks.