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Scrap Leather Snap Cuff

By Whitehaus @wecanredoit
I'm always eager to find good uses for my material scraps, especially the leather. The primary inspiration for this project came about from discovering the excellentLark book, The Art of Jewelry: Paper Jewelry. There was a lot of great stuff in here but the amazing K. Dana Kagrise bracelet (featured on the book's cover) is what captured my imagination the most. I love the concept Kagrise used of employing techniques associated with book binding to create her elegant vellum cuff. It got me excited to try something new with my stuff in my scrap pile. For my variation on this idea I was finally able to use these super pretty turquoise pieces I've had sitting around!Scrap Leather Snap CuffMaterials needed-leather scraps-4 piece snap set-embroidery threadScrap Leather Snap CuffPreparing The LeatherStep 1: Begin cutting scraps into 1 1/2" wide strips.Scrap Leather Snap CuffStep 2: Straighten the uneven end on each of the strips. Scrap Leather Snap CuffStep 3: Measure lengths of 2 1/2" and cut.Scrap Leather Snap CuffStep 4: Trim the two shorter sides with pinking shears.Scrap Leather Snap CuffWhen you're finished the first 4 steps, you'll have a bunch of pieces that look like this. (To make my cuff it took a total of 34 pieces, but you may want to cut a few more just in case.)Scrap Leather Snap CuffStep 5: Cut a piece of pattern paper into a 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangle, then score it directly down the center using an awl. Follow by making two pin marks directly on the score, 3/ 8" from each side.Scrap Leather Snap CuffThe pattern piece will look like this when you're finished:Scrap Leather Snap CuffStep 6: Stack four leather pieces on top of one another, with the pattern paper on top. Press your awl firmly into each of the two pin marks, so that all the pieces of leather will have holes in those precise spots.Scrap Leather Snap CuffStep 7: Cut two 2" x 2" square pieces of another scrap leather and set aside. These pieces will later be used as anchors to the rest of you project. This is also where the snaps will go, so the sturdier the better!Scrap Leather Snap CuffConstructionStep 1: Now the leather pieces are ready to be strung together. Begin by cutting a fairly long length of embroidery thread and threading through two needles, one at each end. Do NOT knot.Scrap Leather Snap CuffStep 2: Place two pieces of leather on top of one another and put the two thread needles into each of the holes. Pull both sides evenly through until it looks like a large stitch.Scrap Leather Snap CuffStep 3: Bend the piece of leather you just sewed though, in half and flip the pieces over. Now you will put the needles through the opposite holes. This time going only through the single piece of leather.Scrap Leather Snap CuffWhen it looks like this...Scrap Leather Snap Cuff... you're ready to add the next two pieces of leather.Scrap Leather Snap CuffStep 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3, always adding two pieces of leather at time, until you have a chain that look like this, with approximately 17 pairs.Scrap Leather Snap CuffStep 5: Securely tie off your knots and cut away the excess thread. You can give the knots a little extra reinforcement by using a drop of glue on them.Scrap Leather Snap CuffStep 6: Place a small piece of double stick tape on the back side of each of the two ends. Then, firmly press down on to the leather tabs you had set aside. The placement should be about 1 1/4" away from the top edge. (The tape will prevent the leather from shifting while you are sewing it into place.)Scrap Leather Snap CuffStep 7: On the side where the turquoise leather is going in the same direction, use your awl to make 6 holes (2 rows of 3). Follow by sewing through them all until you are sure the two pieces are secured.Scrap Leather Snap CuffStep 8: On the side where the leather is facing in a different direction from the leather tab, you will only make three holes with the awl. The holes will all be made in the crease separating the couplet. Sew straight across until you are sure the two pieces are well secured.Scrap Leather Snap CuffStep 9: On each side, use a leather punch to make a hole in the leather tabs, where the snap will be placed. Insert the snap components and set with a snap setter and pedestal.Scrap Leather Snap CuffYou're done! Your finished cuff will look like this:Scrap Leather Snap CuffStep 10: The final step is using scissors to trim away any pieces that have moved out of alignment, until all are looking clean and straight.Scrap Leather Snap Cuff**If the leather pieces are a little too unruly, keeping a rubber band round when it's not being worn will reinforce a more tame appearance. (You can also force the pieces to lay down by putting pieces of double stick tape between them.)**Scrap Leather Snap Cuff-It takes a bit of time to get this one done, but because the steps are repetitive it makes this a fantastic project to do with a movie playing. You'll probably be wearing this thing by the time the credits roll:)TOOLS*2 needles*awl*punch*snap setter*mallet*scissors*knife*ruler*cutting pad*pinking shearsScrap Leather Snap Cuff

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