Tuesday, March 23, 2010

New Leather Knot Cuff Bracelet

So I have been wanting to somehow incorporate leather into my designs and maybe starting a separate collection, but not with simple leather cord necklaces...I wanted Silver to be the main material and the leather an accent. A rush of ideas weaving leather through Sterling have poured in lately so I got started on them today when I got home from work.

First I cut the low-dome Sterling Silver wire into length for a cuff.

I used a Sharpie (the greatest marker ever) to mark the measured areas where I knew I wanted to drill my holes, stamped it with .925 {to indicate Sterling Silver}and gave it my signature 'mb stamp', Next I rounded the corners with a metal file and sanded it with semi-coarse jewelers grade sand paper.

Now I needed to drill the holes. I start with a small drill bit on the Flexshaft to get the holes started...

after all of the beginning holes have been drilled, I move on to a bigger bit to get the holes large enough to allow the leather cord to fit through...

When all of the holes are drilled to the appropriate size, it is time to start weaving the leather cord though each hole...

When stretched tightly, a secure knot is secured on each side of the bangle. After tying the knots, I brushed them with E6000 Adhesive to help keep the knot a little extra secure....
I cut off the excess cord and it is done!

I still need to sand the cuff a bit and I am still trying to decide if I want to keep the matte finish..or go for shiny...but I am leaning towards the matte. But it will soon be listed in my shop!
What do you think? I have a TON of design ideas floating around in my head with leather incorporated and will be getting started on them in the next few days, so check back!


kelleysbeads said...

What a cool, new direction you are headed! Your photographs have been so awesome since you got your new camera. And of course I love the step-by-step journey through your pieces.

littlecherryhill said...

I think it's great! :)

Abigail's Creative Journey said...

Ohhh I like leather with the silver. :) Keep on going with your ideas. :)

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