Hey friends! Adrianne here with you today to share a jewelry project I've been excited about ever since I got a preview of the new Sizzix Jewelry line. This floral leather cuff Looks like a high-end piece, but with a few basic jewelry making and riveting supplies, you can easily make this piece and so many more in any color scheme you can imagine!
Today I'm using Sizzix Jewelry Studio products, including some jewelry-specific Movers & Shapers dies, the Movers & Shapers Shuttle, coordinating findings, leather, and rivets. You can keep all your jewelry making supplies at the ready with the special new Tool Caddy that attaches directly to your Sizzix Big Shot!
To die cut these small jewelry shapes with precision, you'll be making your Sizzix sandwich with the Movers & Shapers Shuttle (a magnetic platform designed specifically for use with Movers & Shapers dies), your die with the flat side magnetically placed on the shuttle, the leather arranged on top of the steel rule die, and one acrylic cutting pad on top. The process is the same! Simply roll it all through your Big Shot to quickly and cleanly die cut your leather piece.
If you've ever tried to cut leather with scissors then you know - it can be very difficult to keep a straight line. Even a straight line to create a cuff can be difficult to achieve a professional-looking cut, so having the ability to cleanly and quickly die-cut my own is a huge time (and leather) saver!
For this project, you'll need to die cut a cuff (I'm using the 7" length die), and flowers from the two smallest dies in the 5-piece Movers & Shapers Carnation set. I die cut 8 1-inch flowers, and 10 3/4-inch flowers. The number of flowers you need will vary depending on the cuff length you use! I used a combination of turquoise and bronze leather, but use your own favorite color or colors!
If you're not familiar with jewelry-making, don't worry! Many of the techniques in this bracelet are similar to paper crafting. If you've ever used eyelets in your paper projects, this will all look familiar. First, punch a small hole in the center of each flower using a hollow point leather punch on a steel block. Position the hollow point where you need the hole to be, and tap the top of the tool with a hammer a few times until it cuts a clean, round hole.
Tap holes approximately every 3/4 inch along the cuff, with the exception of on the ends (see the next step before adding holes at each end of the cuff). Stack together a larger and a smaller flower, and use a crystal rivet to secure the flowers to the bracelet base.
If you're using a crystal rivet like I am, you will need a rubber block to set it. You risk cracking the crystal if you attempt to set it on a steel block. If you choose to use metallic rivets, you won't need the additional steel block. These compression rivets snap together initially so that you can position them.
Place the crystal side down on the rubber block, and use a concave rivet setting tool on the back side of the snap rivet. Hit the top of the tool a few times until the rivet is compressed as tightly as possible.
Now, when you reach the ends, set the bracelet connector clasps on top of the rounded edge of the bracelet and mark where you need the hole to be to align with each piece of the clasp. You can stack flowers on top of this hole as well (I used one small flower instead of a large and a small) and position the clasp on the backside of the bracelet before setting the end rivets. I also added a bit of Gutermann Creative Textile Glue between the leather and the clasp ends for added security.
Finally, I added the clasp connector to finish the bracelet. I opted for a simple "S" hook clasp, but you can use your own favorite type of clasp! Toggle clasps and lobster clasps are also great choices. Thanks for joining me to check out the how-to for today's leather project, made easy with Sizzix Jewelry Studio components. I love the new line, and if you're a Sizzix fan then I think you will too!
- Sizzix Big Shot Jewelry Studio
- Movers & Shapers Magnetic Shuttle
- Acrylic Cutting Pad
- Movers & Shapers Magnetic Die Set 5PK - Carnation Stack
- Movers & Shapers Magnetic Die Set 2PK - Thin Bracelet (600599)
- Leather - Bronze and Turquoise
- Small Bracelet Clasp Connector, Silver, 2pc.
Other Materials Used:
- Steel Block
- Rubber Block
- Hollow Leather Punch
- Rivet Setting Tool
- Gutermann Creative Textile Glue
- Topaz Crystal Rivets (10)
- "S" Hook Clasp