We’ll be making a Double Wrap Cuff with a stamped floral pattern that will incorporate a number of common leathercraft tools. This is a start-to-finish tutorial, so, we’ll start with measurements and marking our leather. We’ll use both an oblong and English point strap end punch, a leather hole punch tool, add an antiquing with a top coat and, lastly, set a double cap rivet to complete a very popular style of cuff.
Approximate Time to Complete: 1 hour (minus drying time)
What You Need:
4/5 oz. Natural Veg Tanned Leather Strap, 5/8" wide by 24" long (04-530S-4/5)
#Z121 Buckle, Nickel-Plated, 5/8" (0Z121-NP-5/8)
Stamp Tool (67-6968)
Fiebing’s Leather Balm with Atom Wax (50-2189)
Fiebing’s Antique Finish (50-1930)
#2200 Double Cap Rivet, Nickel, ¼" (02200-NP-1/4)
Master Tool Oblong Punch, 5/8” (00072-5/8)
Master Tool English Point Strap End Punch, 5/8” (00078-5/8)
#4 Heavy-Duty Scratch Awl, 3-1/2" (CSO4-2)
Economy Punch (CSO223)
Foam Brush (50-1952)Wool Daubers (50-1950)
Rivet Setter found in set (65-6275)
Quartz Tooling Slab (3238)
Poly Cutting Board (65-2916)
Silent Poundo Board (3461-02)
Maul, 24 oz. (65-2500-24)
Rawhide Mallet, 20 oz. (65-2520-20)
Step 1: Measure Your Wrist
Measure the circumference of your wrist with a Measuring Tape. Double that measurement for your minimum cuff length, since we’re making a double wrap.
Step 2: Mark Rivet Holes
Lay your Leather Strap horizontally on your Silent Poundo Board on your workbench. Place your Oblong Punch below one end of your strap. Using your Awl, make two marks on your Leather Strap slightly wider than the width of the Oblong Punch. These will be your rivet holes for your Buckle.
Step 3: Mark Your Strap
Turn your Leather Strap 180 degrees. Place the beginning of the Measuring Tape between the two hole marks you just made. Using your Awl, make a mark at the minimum length you calculated in Step 1. Make another mark ½" less than your minimum length. Make two more marks at ½" and 1" more than minimum length. You should now have four marks each spaced ½" apart from each other.
Step 4: Punch Holes for Rivets
Use the Economy Punch to punch holes in the marks you have made on your Leather Strap for the rivet holes and the size holes.
Step 5: Cut End
Place an English Point Punch on the size-hole end of your Leather Strap so that the tip is at the very end of your leather. Hit the end of the English Point Punch with the Rawhide Mallet to make the cut.
Step 6: Punch Slot
Place the Oblong Punch between the two holes on the buckle end of the Leather Strap, and hit the end of the punch with a Mallet.
Step 7: Case Leather
Case your leather by dipping a foam brush in water and brushing it on the side of the strap you will be stamping.
Step 8: Stamp Leather
Place your Stamping Tool on your Leather Strap and pound it with the Maul to create a stamp mark. Repeat this process down the length of your Leather Strap until you have all the stamp marks you desire.
Step 9: Add Finish and Wipe Excess
Dip Wool Dauber into Fiebing’s Antique Finish and rub on entire length of leather strap. Wipe off excess Fiebing’s Antique Finish with a Cotton Rag. Let dry for 1 hour.
Step 10: Apply Leather Balm and Buff
Once the Fiebing’s Antique Finish has dried completely, dip a clean Wool Dauber in Fiebing’s Leather Balm with Atom Wax, and lightly coat your leather strap. Let it dry for just a few seconds, and buff it well with your Cotton Rag.
Step 11: Add Buckle
Feed the buckle end of your Leather Strap through one end of the Buckle, slide the Buckle tongue through the oblong hole, and tuck the end of the Leather Strap through the other end of the Buckle.
Step 12: Line Up Rivet Holes
With the Leather Strap tucked under itself, line up the rivet holes. Place your Rivet underneath the Leather Strap so that the post pokes up through the holes. Set the cuff on the edge of your Tooling Block so that the Buckle hangs off the edge. This makes the Leather Strap’s loop flat for your Rivet.
Step 13: Set Rivet
Place the cap of the Rivet on top of the Rivet’s post. Place the Rivet Setter on top of the Rivet and pound the Rivet Setter with your Rawhide Mallet to set the Rivet.
Step 14: Completion
Your Double Wrap Cuff is now complete!