Rhinestones = pixels. Super Mario + rhinestones = : )
Step 1: Supplies
- Leather Hole Punch
- Hammer or Rubber Mallet
- Scissors / Rotary Cutter
- Snap Setter (I purchased mine here)
- Painters Tape
- Leather (my cuff measured 8 1/4" x 3")
- Snaps - 2 sets (I purchased mine here)
- 131 Square 4MM Black Rhinestones
- 140 Square 4MM Orange Rhinestones
- 145 Square 4MM Yellow Rhinestones
- Glue (I used Eco-Flo Leather Weld which can be found here)
- Scrap Paper
- Hot Glue Gun
- Skewer (or some kind of stick)
Rhinestones: I purchased my rhinestones here in the following colors: 500 AB Square Rhinestone - Lemon, 500 AB Square Rhinestone - Orange, and 500 AB Square Rhinestone - Black. Since they are AB colors they have a cool rainbow effect and look awesome in the sun! They were about $5.00 each with free shipping, and will be enough to make 3 bracelets.
Leather: I purchased my leather here for $3.00. There is a store near by so I was able to get a remnant piece which was big enough to cut out 4 leather cuff pieces. If you don't live next to a leather store, upholstery shops will usually have some on hand or you could also use vinyl which you can find at most fabric stores.
Snaps: The snaps I bought were very easy to insert. I originally tried out another kind of snaps that are sold at most craft stores (you can find them here) and had a really hard time using them, I ruined quite a few sets and was never happy with the way any of them turned out. After looking online most people recommended buying expensive tools to set them properly. I was incredibly happy with the snaps I ended up using for this bracelet, they were super easy to install with just the basic tools and I didn't ruin 1 set : ) If you've ever had this problem as well I would recommend trying these out.
Step 2: Cut Out the Cuff
Measure your wrist to determine the length of your cuff. Mine measured 8 1/4". The height needs to be at least 3" for this design using 4mm rhinestones.
Mark your bracelet measurements on your leather piece and cut. I used a rotary cutter to get straight edges.
I also rounded the corners using my snap setter base as a guide (anything small and round will work)
Mark the snap positions on the sides of the cuff. I positioned mine in 1/2" from the edges and double checked to see if it fit my wrist nicely.
Use the hole punch to punch out holes on each of your markings. The hole just needs to be big enough to fit the cap and eyelet components through.
Step 3: Attach the Snaps
To insert the snaps you will want to work on a hard surface since you will be hammering them in.
1 snap set is made up of 4 components. The cap and socket make up the top half and the eyelet and stud make up the bottom half.
Insert the cap and socket into the leather cuff. The cap should be on the right side of the leather.
Use the setter to hammer in the cap and socket, the cap should be on the bottom and positioned on the concave side of the anvil. When hammering make sure to hold the setter straight the parts set properly.
Repeat for second cap and socket set.
Insert the eyelet and stud into the leather cuff. The stud should be on the right side of the fabric.
Use the setter to hammer in the eyelet and stud, the eyelet should be on the bottom and positioned on the flatter side of the anvil. Make sure to hold the setter straight.
Repeat for second eyelet and stud set.
Step 4: *Optional* Create a Rhinestone Picker
This Step is completely optional but very useful if you don't want to spend a lot of time trying to pick up the tiny rhinestones.
All you have to do is add a little bit of hot glue to the end of a skewer or stick.
You can also use candle wax instead of hot glue, I tried this version also which worked well but left wax residue on the rhinestones which I had to clean off afterwards.
Step 5: Glue the Rhinestones
I did a lot of experimenting with the glue to get a secure bond to the rhinestones and finally found a process that held the stones on tight.
I started out by taping off the area for the stones which measured 4 1/4" x 2 5/8" which I positioned in the center of the bracelet.
I applied 1 coat of glue to the entire area, I used a descent amount, not too thick or thin. I used this first layer as a base so that the glue would soak into the leather, that way when the 2nd coat is applied it is adhering to the glue and not the leather which gave me a secure bond for the rhinestones.
Once the first coat is applied, let it dry completely. You can use a blow dryer to speed up the process.
When the glue is dry you can begin adding the stones. I used a small paintbrush and applied the glue in rows, waiting a few seconds for the glue to get tacky and then adding on the rhinestones. You want to apply them with some pressure so they get a nice bond.
Don't worry if it looks like there is too much glue in between the rhinestones, the glue dries clear so you will not see it once dry.
Step 6: Wear!
Wear and enjoy! You can modify this project to any pixel design and I'm sure it will look awesome!
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