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Topic: I Clueless about making a Leather Cuff!!! AID ME PLEASE!!!  (Read 705 times)
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« on: August 29, 2006 05:37:30 AM »

I've search all of the craft stores around and I'm at a loss now and in serious need of some guidance.  I'd like to make some cuff bracelets similar to the ones below.  First, I have no clue where to get the supplies and once I have them...well, I could wing it, but info on the bracelet constructions would be nice.  The original cuff bracelets are made of an assortment of: leather, texture(whatever that is), snakeskin, stones, tiger shell, feathers, etc.  All different depending on the cuff.  So help please.  Yes, I'm grovelling.  Any directions on how/where to get the supplies and how to create the cuffs? 


The oringinal website is located here:  http://karmakultura.com/store/collection_she.php?Id_products=59&Id_collection=5

Thanks in advance for your ingenious tips!    Kiss
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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2006 05:50:45 AM »

Look for a leather shop in your area ask if they sell scraps most do .there is a great place called loose ends that has tons of natural supplies they happen to be in my hometown so ill look for the web site I know they have catalogs to ..

http://www.looseends.com/arts-n-crafts/fp-arts-n-crafts.htm
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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2006 06:00:57 AM »

Also, if you live in the US (maybe Canada, I don't know), Tandy Leather LOVES to help people out.  You can even buy leather scraps for your cuffs.  http://www.tandyleather.com/
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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2006 06:08:35 AM »

I'm reaching for my phone book now to see who sells leather around here, so that I can beg for scraps.  Cheesy  I'm also gonna check out the two links provided.  Thanks for the help you've provided Kiwiblue and Rachelo.  It's already a great help!   Smiley

I'm in the US by the way (east coast). 
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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2006 06:25:12 AM »

Tandy leather also has an online shop. You might be able to get a pattern for a similar shape from googling the SCA for leather armouring tutorials and looking up armguards or vambraces (I noticed one of the things pictured is a choker so i have no idea on that one). The texturing she mentions I believe  is the leather stamping details she has, its the diamond shapes that are made using a metal stamp and a hammer and you just pound the stamp wherever you want the design.

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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2006 08:45:22 PM »

Forgive me, but what is "SCA"?  Also, I didn't think of those other names of the cuffs (leather amour and such).  Thanks for the info on that and the texturing.  I'm off to google now.

Also, I did not know that posting pics from other sites was not allowed until I received a pm from a mod.  I'm not trying to break any rules. Undecided  Click on the link in my first to find the examples.  Also, here are two of the cuffs from the site in particular:  http://karmakultura.com/admon/imagenes/img_63_1.jpg  and http://karmakultura.com/admon/imagenes/img_61_1.jpg

Hope this is ok.

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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2006 06:04:26 AM »

SCA stands for the Society of Creative Anachronism
In addition to recreating battles from medieval times and such, they are a ginormous bunch of awesome craftspeople. Clothiers, Spinners, Knitters, Heralds, Cooks, and Armorers make up a HUGE portion of the SCA people. They have monthly events where they garb up in their period appropriate medieval clothes and gather. The group as a whole are the best resource for ALOT of online tutorials on how to make and do things that were used back then but can also be totally used now, done sometimes with modern equipment (some SCA'ers do stuff as done back then).

I wish the site had pictures of the backs of the cuffs. It looks like either molded leather (where you take a certain grade [thickness] of leather, get it wet and shape it where it will dry in that shape) or thinner grade leather or suede stretched over a cuff base and secured at the edges with leather whipstitching. If you can't find a cuff base or are adverse to tying it on or whatever you could use buckles and such.

I hope it works out for you- post pics when you get something  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2006 05:46:20 PM »

Thank you Conley!  I have learned some new things in this thread.  I am searching for armguard and vambrace tutorials online now.  I wish I could see the back of the cuffs too,  I don't know how they close. 

Well, once I do create my own, I will definatley take pics and share.  Smiley
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