Designed by: Rochelle Kilmer
My bestfriend and I love turtles! We love the water, the sand, the shells, and everything else that goes with it. So these bracelets really capture our common interests and loves.
Lay out your strip of leather. I decided to go with a wavy pattern – but you could choose any design you like. Just don’t make your ends too small – in width – because you want them to fit comfortably into the clasp. I drew my outline on the back of the leather – the non-smooth side – in Sharpie.
Then I cut along that line using the Leather Scissors.
I found the centre point on each half of the leather and measured the length needed for each person’s wrist. This is why they are 2 different lengths.
For my friend – who has a smaller wrist – I measured 3 inches on either side of the centre point, for a total length of 6 inches. Remember to account for the clasp, which will add an additional 3/4 of and inch to the overall bracelet length.
On each end I cut off the excess leather and trimmed to fit in the clasp. I used a couple drops of New Super Glue and glued the clasp in place.*
*Please be careful of gluing the clasp because you want to make sure each side is facing the right direction for proper closure.
Then I let the clasp dry for a while. At least a couple of hours so that it has time to set.
While the glue was drying, I thought about where I wanted to place my screw/nut sets. Once I had made my decision, I placed a few small dots in Sharpie.
Then I screwed the pieces onto the leather with the flat, smooth side on the back of the leather. You can tighten them down with a flat screwdriver.
I think I want to paint on the leather – but I’m not quite sure yet!
That is where you can also play with individualizing these bracelets!