If you are just getting into metal stamping (or have been doing it a while), you should find today’s project to be pretty easy. If you don’t stamp (yet, LOL) you can also find a fun metal charm or connector to use instead of a hand-stamped piece. And of course, if you want to know more about stamping, I have a beginners’ tutorial on the topic, so drop by there for some tips.
For this project, you will need your metal stamping supplies, a leather cuff and a blank that will fit. Mine is sterling silver, but any metal will do as long as it’s something you like and it fits your cuff. In addition to that, you will need a metal punch (I have the kind that are pliers, but the screw-down kind would work well, too) and some small brads or rivets. I couldn’t find rivets small enough, so I used tiny brads from the scrapbook department.
Stamp your blank with the message you like. A word of caution – if you are using a very narrow blank like this, it tends to bend more than bigger blanks. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail on stamping your blank here – but I do have a really thorough metal stamping tutorial for getting started you should check out if you want to know more.
When you are done, you’ll need to pop a hole in each side of the blank. Then, you’ll need to put a pair of holes in your leather cuff. I love this little cuff I found at Hobby Lobby – remember the braided leather bracelet I showed you a few months back? It turns out they make actual kits – WITH INSTRUCTIONS – for them! Wow, that would have been way easier, LOL. But I do like the nice slim cuff – and the way it’s split give me the look of a wrap just using a cuff.
Anyway – be careful when you line the holes up. I just used my metal punch for this so that it would be the same size. If you are using rivets, you’ll probably want to use a larger leather punch. But between the slim band of my leather cuff, and the small brads – I needed a way to keep it small.
Then, add your brads to attach it! I bent the metal really slightly. You may want to reinforce it with a little bit of jewelry glue, if you have some, since bracelets tend to take more abuse than other jewelry items.
I just love stamping (obviously, LOL). The message is always perfect for me – because I can choose it myself.
My husband wanted one too… so I made him a manly version using this same method.
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