Making leather jewelry is an exciting trend in jewelry making. In this lesson you will learn to make a leather bracelet, using wide leather for jewelry, and a silver box clasp from Nina Designs. We broke this technique down into 11 step-by-step instructions. You will be attaching a multiple strand box clasp to the leather with headpins, and then glue the leather onto itself to hide your work, and have a clean finished look.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Sliding Box Clasp with 5 holes
Wide Leather Cord
Headpins (10 pieces)
Hammer & Tack
How to Finish Leather with a Multi Strand Box Clasp
Gather the materials and tools needed to make your finished bracelet.
Using your hands, stretch out the ends of the leather which will help fit them to the box clasp you are going to attach.
Using a hammer and thumbtack or nail, punch 5 holes into the leather. Look at the box clasp and try to space holes to match. You don’t have to be exact, just approximate the distance between holes, and the leather will be able to stretch a bit to fit exactly.
Put the head into each hole of the clasp with the ball on the inside of the clasp, and the pins sticking out.
Put the ends of the head pins through the holes you punched in the leather. Make sure that the front of the clasp is facing the same way as the smooth side of the leather.
Trim the ends of the head pins using flush cutters, leaving 1/2-3/4” of wire to secure the clasp.
Twist the two outside wires around each other one time. The, wrap one of the end wires to the middle wire. Finally, wrap the middle one to the remaining wire on the end.
Curl the remaining tail of wire into a coil using round nose pliers, and bend down.
This is how your clasp should look from the outside, after wire wrapping all of the headpins on the inside.
Repeat punching holes, stringing head pins, and wire wrapping to secure the clasp on the other end of the leather strip.
Trim the ends of your leather where you attached it to the clasp. Round off the corners, so that when you glue your flap down, the edges will be clean from the front. Then apply craft glue to both of the rounded leather tabs on either end that you will glue to down to secure the bracelet. Fold the flaps down to the back side of the leather, and hold a moment to let it set.
Voila, You're done!
Now you know how to make a leather bracelet, with a seamless finish using a multi-strand silver box clasp!
Enjoy your new bracelet!