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Leather buckle bracelets

Make three different handmade wire enclosures for three styles of bracelets

For step-by-step instructions on making the MotorChic Wristbelt bracelet pictured at left above, click through the gallery below. For the complete instructions for all three bracelets, click here for the free project PDF.

Materials 

  • Dark annealed steel wire
    • 6 in. (15.2 cm) 16-gauge (1.3 mm)
    • 12 in. (30.5 cm) 16- or 18-gauge (1.3 or 1.0 mm)
    • 24 in. (61.0 cm) 22-gauge (0.6 mm)
  • Strips of leather
    • Strip 1 – 1 x 2 3⁄4 in. (25.5 x 70 mm)
    • Strip 2 – 1 x 2 1⁄2 in. (25.5 x 64 mm)
    • Strip 3 – 1 x 1 3⁄8 in. (25.5 x 35 mm)
    • Strip 4 – 1 x 2 in. (25.5 x 51 mm)
    • Strip 5 – 1 x 2 in. (25.5 x 51 mm)
  • 15 6 mm crystal rivets
  • Flatnose pliers
  • Flush cutters strong enough to cut 16-gauge (1.3 mm) annealed steel wire
  • Crystal Applicator tool (fit with Rivet 1 dies)
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat
  • Leather-punch pliers (2.8 mm hole)
  • Leather edge paint and Q-tips
  • Now That’s a Jig! Startr Kit (www.riogrande.com)
  • Now That’s a Jig! accessories (www.now-thats-a-jig.com)
    • TripleBuckle template
    • PatternPunchr and CornerTaks
    • 1-in. (25.5 mm) square peg
    • 1⁄2-in. (13 mm) square peg          
    • 1⁄16-in. (1.5 mm) MicroPeg (optional)
    • SwiveLok
    • WireLiftr
  • Permanent marker (optional)
  • Rawhide mallet
  • Renaissance Wax and soft cloth
  • Scissors
  • Steel bench block or anvil
  • Steel wool
  • 4–6 oz. utility or ball-peen hammer
  • Vellum paper
  • White charcoal pencil
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