Step 1: Gather Supplies
nuts and bolts (I used size #8-32)
dremel with grinding and cutting bits
glue (I used a scotch glue that is like E-6000)
InstaMorph moldable plastic
metal bead toppers
T-nut (same size as bolts)
elastic (thin, round)
Step 2: Leather
* Use the paper as a pattern to cut two hearts from leather.
* Place the keys on one of the hearts and mark where the holes need to be.
* Punch the holes with a leather punch.
* Flip the heart with holes onto the heart with no holes and mark the holes on the second heart with a pen. (Make sure the hearts are sandwiched with both front sides out so the holes will line up properly during final assembly)
* Punch the holes on the second heart
* See picture for third hole to be punched in front piece
* Use the lighter to burn the edges and holes on the back side of each heart. This reduces the fuzzys and makes it stronger. Do this in a well ventilated area. Leathers are treated with chemicals and they can be pretty nasty.
Step 3: Hardware
* Use the dremel to grind down two nuts and glue bead toppers to them
* Use the dremel to cut the spikes off of one of the T-nuts
* hammer a bead topper flat (do this slowly and carefully while hammering in slightly different directions/places so that it splits evenly as it flattens)
* Glue the flat bead topper onto the T-nut
Note: be careful not to get glue down the center of any of the nuts
Step 4: Moldable Plastic
* Use the InstaMorph to create a ring around the base of the T-nut
* I also used the InstaMorph to keep my car key from sliding around on the bolt
Step 5: Decoration
* Place it on top of the leather and burn holes in strategic places. I put holes in the corners.
* Connect the dots.
Note: I took lots of pictures of my work in this step and my camera ate them. Therefore, these steps are illustrated on the back of a scrap piece.
Step 6: Assembly
* Be sure to add your key ring
* Put the top heart on and check the length of the bolts
* If your bolts are too long, as mine were, trim them with a jewelers saw
* When your bolts are a proper length, screw the nuts on
* Trim the third bolt short to fit inside the T-nut
* Screw the T-nut/bolt into the third hole on the front heart with the T-nut on front.
* Cut a piece of elastic, about what will fit around your wrist. (You can always shorten if needed)
* Tie a knot and put it through a bead topper.
* See picture for third hole to be punched in back heart piece.
* Thread the elastic through this hole.
Step 7: Enjoy
How amazing would it be to use a laser cutter to cut personally designed metal decorative elements and intricately carved leather details?!