Project Summary: 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)
Step-by-Step Instructions (with pictures):
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Case your leather by dipping a foam brush in water and brushing it on the side of the strap you will be stamping.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Your Double Wrap Cuff is now complete!