Wide leather jewelry lends a casual, boho chic look that lets everybody know you’re lovin’ life. It’s classic, it’s cool… but sometimes it’s a bit intimidating to work with on your own. Wide leather tends to be thick and stiff just off the spool, but that’s no reason to not make jewelry with it! And that’s because using rivets makes finishing wide leather jewelry easy!
So in this post, we’re going to show you how to punch a hole in your leather and attach a leather end piece using a metal rivet. With this technique, you can make something like this!
To begin, you’re going to need some tools and materials.
- Flat Wide Leather
- 2 Leather Strap Ends
- 2-4 Sets of Rivets
- Leather Punch Pliers
- Bench Block
- Chasing Hammer
And now let’s get to the fun part and start making!
- Measure out the length of leather you are using for your project. Be sure to subtract from the leather length the length of the clasp you will be attaching.
- Place your leather strap end on the end of the leather and mark where the hole lands.
- Using the largest hole on the leather punch pliers, punch a hole where you marked the leather.
- The rivets we’re using and that we sell come as a pair. The back has a dimple on the bottom of it and the front looks like a little mushroom cap. The back rivet fits inside of the front one. Take the back rivet and put it through the back of the leather and the leather strap end. Take the top rivet and place it on top of the back rivet.
- Place your piece on a bench block and using the flat end of the chasing hammer, hammer the rivet flat so it is tight and the leather strap end can’t move around. The goal is to flatten the rivet without hammering the strap end flat. Repeat on the other end.
And that’s it! From here, you can attach the clasp of your choosing and adorn your leather jewelry however you’d like! And with your new riveting in leather skill, the sky’s the limit!