This is a cuff set that I had been thinking about lately. I was inspired by several cuffs that I have on one of my "I want to make" boards. Namely these ones...
For the idea of using the lobster clasps to attach the metal plateshttp://www.pinterest.com/pin/199847302189404285/
Because I love this designhttp://www.pinterest.com/pin/199847302187430887/
Love the combination of the metal etching and the riveted itemshttp://www.pinterest.com/pin/199847302187430699/
Love this quote, which I found on Psyche's boards when stalking her for a recent swap.http://www.pinterest.com/pin/199847302189526405/
I made two cuff bases and three metal plates that could be used in either cuff.
The first is a stiff, thick black leather cuff with two brown leather panels which hold the jump rings and lobster clasps to hold the panels. I was experimenting with different ways of attaching things and used wire to "sew" the panels on.
The second cuff is made with red leather, and is open in the center - it is lighter, and more delicate looking. I am contemplating adding a decorative element to the leather components.
Both attach to the wrists with snap clasps.
The three panels are made with brass cut to the same dimensions. Two are acid etched, and the last just simply stamped. All are curved to fit the wrist better, and after being patinaed, finished with Renaissance Wax and buffed to preserve the patina (hopefully).
This first one is based on the Edgar Allen Poe quote.
This one was acid etched with a checkerboard pattern, and hand image overlaid, then with various metal findings riveted on top.
This one is my version of the "bitch" cuff - more of a prototype, I may work out a more elaborate or cleaner version later. My acid is old and used too - fresh acid will give a cleaner etch.
I quite like the idea of the interchangeable cuff, and will have to work on this idea a bit more, especially with a thinner, finer cuff. I had made some patterned leather panels for the thicker cuff, in a beautiful teal coloured leather, but made a crucial mistake attaching one of them, so I used the plain brown leather instead.
Here's a bit more on my blog, with many more pics...http://onyxnox.blogspot.ca/2014/05/cuff-exchangeables.html