- Leather Belt - Can be found for only a few dollars at your local thrift store. Try to find a belt that is 100% leather as opposed to one that only looks like leather and is actually composed of several layers of various materials.
- Small Metal Ruler - Check out your local tool store or craft store. You'll want to find a thin ruler that will be easy to bend.
- Rapid Rivets - Available from Michael's Crafts. They sell two different packs, one pack includes just the rivets and one pack includes the rivets and the set tool. If you don't have the set tool make sure to buy the pack that has it.
- Button Snaps - Same deal as the Rapid Rivets, you can buy them at Michael's Crafts and they sell a pack that includes just snaps and a pack that includes the set tools. Again get the pack that has the set tools if you don't already have them.
- Drill and Drill Bits
- Utility Knife
- Saw for Cutting Metal
- Rapid Rivet Set Tool
- Button Snap Set Tool
- Large Pipe Clamp
- Flat Screw Driver
- Wooden Template of your Wrist
Step 1: Measuring Your Wrist
- Flexible Tape - the simplest and most accurate way to measure your wrist, simply wrap the flexible tape around your wrist and where it meets is the diameter of your wrist. This is the method that is pictured and you can see that my wrist measures roughly 7 3/4" in circumference.
- String and Ruler - Wrap string around your wrist and mark where the string meets. Next hold the string against a ruler and measure from the end of the string to the mark you made, this will give you the a measurement of the diameter of your wrist.
- Old Bracelet or Watch - If you have an old bracelet or watch that fits particularly well you can lay it out and use it as a relative dimension for the bracelet you are making.
Tip - No matter what size your wrist ends up being it is always a good idea to add a little bit to your measurement so that your bracelet fits comfortably. if you make your bracelet exactly the size of your wrist it will feel really tight when you put it on. A good rule of thumb is to add about 1/4" for girls and about 1/2" for boys. Also it's important to consider the width of your bracelet, wider bracelets feel tighter than thinner bracelets, so if you're using a belt that is particularly thick to make your cuff bracelet you may want to add some extra length to ensure a comfortable fit.
Step 2: Cutting the Leather
Once you have the leather belt cut, test fit it to your wrist to ensure a good fit with enough overlap to install button snaps.
Step 3: Installing Snaps
Start by drilling holes in each end of the leather belt large enough to pass the shank of the snap through and then use a hammer and the snap set tool to rivet everything together. do this for the top and bottom of each snap you install until you have the desired number of snaps.
Again test fit as you go to ensure a comfortable fit.
Step 4: Making the Ruler Bracelet
Lucky for me the ruler I used was just about the right size for my wrist, so it didn't need to be cut to length. If you have a smaller wrist, cut the ruler so that it is 3/4 to 1 inches shorter than the measure of your wrist (this is so there will be a gap large enough to put the bracelet on and take it off once the ruler is bent). For example my wrist measurement is 7 3/4 inches so the length of the ruler would need to be at most 7 inches to leave a big enough gap.
Once your ruler is the correct length the next step is to bend the ruler into a bracelet shape. The best way to do this is to create a template that is a little bigger than your wrist out of wood and then bend the ruler around the wooden template, (the reason the template needs to be slightly bigger than your wrist is because the ruler bracelet has to fit around your wrist and the thickness of the leather cuff.
Tip - getting the ruler to bend perfectly around the template can be hard because the metal ruler will be springy and will not want to take the shape of the template. To combat this, bend the ruler as close as possible to the shape of the template and then use a large pipe clamp to force the ruler tightly against the template to perfect the shape.
Lastly drill a hole at each end of the ruler using a drill bit that is slightly larger in diameter than the shank of your rapid rivets. These holes will be used to rivet the ruler to the leather cuff in the following step.