Leather Cuff Watch Band + Leather Bracelets 101 - Be Fashionable No Matter What Time You Arrive!!

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Hey folks, I'm going to show y'all how to make a leather watch band with some good ol' rock star styling, and how to make leather bracelets. We'll also touch on basic leather crafting techniques.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

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First off you will need tools. Everything is, for the most part, rather specific to leather crafting, all the tools I have I got from Tandy Leather Factory. They ship internationally. Here's a list of what you will need to obtain, borrow, beg, steal, improvise, or otherwise come into at least temporary possession of:

For Watch:

  • Rivets
  • Snaps, I'm using Line 20
  • Tools to set rivets and snaps
  • 3-4 ounce veg tanned leather. Can be purchased in a convenient small project piece.
  • Leather stain/dye, color choice is up to you, matching shoe/leather polish is a good bonus
  • Razor blade, or other sharp thin knife
  • Metal ruler
  • Pen and paper are handy for working out the size
  • Chopstick or other pointy instrument, called a scriber
  • Sharp, heavy scissors
  • Leather punch, size appropriate to your rivets and snaps
  • Rubber Mallet, and a surface to work on

I'll add several other bracelet designs ASAP, and I'll cover further tools with there steps.

For the watch, I'm using one I got from Stauer. To attach to the wristband easily, it needs a T shaped attachment, as highlighted in the second picture.
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SabaM19 months ago

i hope you're still active on this years old thread!
i'm looking to start this project and am shopping for leather on tandy's website.
do you know if the leather remnants available on the site are large enough for this project? i've never shopped with them before and am unsure if they're really going to be tiny scraps, or if they're generally long and wide enough for a cuff

ewelisius SabaM12 months ago

tandy remnants are usually thin (max 1/4") and vary in length

KentsOkay (author)  SabaM19 months ago
The remnant big are literally a mixed bag of scraps. They tend to be a little thicker. I used their small sheet, it's about 5oz leather and I believe it's 8 1/2 x 11. A lot of craft stores sell those small pieces too (Michael's, Hobby Lobby).
mbecks2 years ago
iv got to say. that is a beautiful watch with either strap. what kid of watch is it?
mbecks mbecks2 years ago
oh i see this was asked several times
saosport2 years ago
Great instructable. This is better than most books I have on leather working. Thanks.
sabu.dawdy2 years ago
wowwwww... its so damn lovely :D
WOW! this is amazing
ravenhaker3 years ago
Where did you get that watch and about how much was it?
puregoldner5 years ago
 what kind of watch is this?
KentsOkay (author)  puregoldner5 years ago
Very Steampunk-ish. Do you know the brand?
KentsOkay (author)  Dekubaba943 years ago
Yeah it's from Stauer. they have some decent timepieces for relatively less expensive.
ananomoid4 years ago
where do you get the leather?
KentsOkay (author)  ananomoid4 years ago
Tandy Leather Factory
doomsdayltd4 years ago
I'm a vegetarian but I'm always in for some leather wear
mwild4 years ago
instead of using snaps why dont you try buckles next timebig or small the always look great
TorBoy94 years ago
I really like your Leather 101 tutorial. It is very clear and well explained. My kids like the 3D stamps you used in this section, but have a difficult time hitting the stamp correctly and repeatedly.

I purchased a 1 ton arbour press for about $30. You put the cased leather down, then the 3D stamp, then the arbour press head presses the 3d stamp. In this way even my 5 year old can safely and very effectively make excellent impressions with 3D and letter stamps.

With the 1 ton arbour press it is easy to press down too hard with small stamps and letters on thin leather, even for a 5 year old. You need to practice not putting your whole weight on the press, though it is so tempting. Tandy Leather sells something similar for $200, but has more gadgets.
KentsOkay (author)  TorBoy94 years ago

Presses can indeed produce excellent, and consistent stamps, however I can honestly say I've never used one other than the Tandy version, I did not know they could be had so cheaply.

Thanks for the input!
tjk945 years ago
I know I already posted but I just thought of something (3 months later but still)
If you put a leather flap over the watch it would look alot like Captain Jack's time travel/teleport device!
tjk94 tjk945 years ago
I still can't find my leather box unfortunatly and I've got no money to buy more:(
Namsab5 years ago
You. Are my new favorite person.
I don't even know how long I've been wanting to do bracelets like that and I had no idea how to. Thank you!
Even more awesome is the shop you linked, the only good one I could find that ships to my place!

KentsOkay (author)  Namsab5 years ago
 Thanks! Yeah, Tandy Leather is pretty much the undisputed leader of leather craft stuff.
bowmaster5 years ago
I can't wait to make one of these. I'm going to make on with BFS. (BigFreakin' Spikes)
KentsOkay (author)  bowmaster5 years ago
 SPikes are awesome, they mostly have screw in backs.
I like the kind with little prongs on the back that you hammer down.
KentsOkay (author)  bowmaster5 years ago
 In my experience prongs don't last as well as screw or rivet.
Can you get ones with rivets? I've never seen them.
Shop around. They make tons of styles that rivet in place. I know studsandspikes.com has plenty of interesting designs though they do tend to be a wee bit overpriced at times.
KentsOkay (author)  bowmaster5 years ago
 The screw rivets in and your screw the spike onto the rivet.
Two small bits of advice from a leather working professional.

1. You should to learn to dress and burnish your edges (someone at your local leather supply shop SHOULD be able to show you at least one of the methods). Doing this will make the bands more comfortable, will make them look nicer/more professional, and will make them more durable.

2. The "rivets" you're using are called cap rivets, and they're really kind of crap. When the tube mushrooms out to fill the cap, that thin metal splits & cracks and the chrome flakes off. Then the cracks spread (no matter what kind of metal they are) causing them to fall apart or they tend rust from the inside out (unless you specifically can find ones that are plated brass, but usually they're chromed or plated steel). Search around online and shell out for real, solid shank rivets. They cost a bit more and are a little harder to learn to put in, but the extra durability (and looks in some cases) is more than worth it.
Camisado5 years ago
Awesome, looks very professional! Nice job. 5 stars and voted!
KentsOkay (author)  Camisado5 years ago
You have very tiny nails.
KentsOkay (author)  Camisado5 years ago
They cause less pain in certain situations :P
Such as?
KentsOkay (author)  Camisado5 years ago
Oh you know, *ahem* intimate times...
Ahh, I see. Well, that's kinda true, unless the girl has a knack for pain.... (if you don't get what I mean by that, I'll send you a PM)
 um, wow. who knew you can turn an instructable on a watch to a discussion about baby makin'... lmao! good -able though
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