Hello, lovelies! This is part two of my latest MHL Upcycle. If you haven’t read part one, I featured a leather bag tag I made from a old red leather belt I got at Union Thrift. Today I’ll be sharing the other accessory I made: the silver studded leather cuff.
I’m really excited about this one. 🙂 Here it is!
For this project, I used the hole-y end of the belt (haha!).
It took me some time to figure out how to keep the cuff in place. In the end, I decided to use large snaps. I measured the cuff and marked where the snaps should be. I used a push pin to make holes into the tough leather (again, with lots of elbow grease), and threaded in some wire to keep the snap in place.
Then I attached the partner snap on the other end. Now, since this is the visible end of the cuff, I added a silver rectangular bead on the opposite side to hide the wires. This bead also gives me something to hold on to when I’m snapping the cuff closed.
To cover the belt holes, I chose more silver beads. The first picture shows that I used more of the silver butterflies that I used for my leather bag tag, but I actually ended up alternating them with rose-engraved round beads. I just threaded the beads this time using brown nylon thread. Wires would have been less comfy against the skin.
Now, here’s a very good tip. Wonder why both projects don’t show signs of having been cut? It’s because I coated the exposed leather with dark red nail polish. Good, eh? It also helps protect the leather from wear and tear.
So, there it is! My very own one-of-a-kind silver studded leather cuff! I’ve been wearing it for the past couple of days and it’s a delight to look at. I’m also happy to report that, so far, the snaps have kept it on my wrist even as I’m doing my chores.
I still have some parts of the belt: 7 silver animals, bits of red leather, and a silver buckle. I have yet to think of a project for them but I know I’ll cook something up eventually.
I hope you enjoyed this project! Have a lovely day! (Blows a kiss.)