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Samba Scarlet Smile Bracelet Tutorial
Created by: Polly Nobbs-LaRue
Use bracelet-bending pliers or nylon-jaw pliers to gently flatten the rock & roll oval link.
Before stamping word/design on the plain side of the link, stamp a practice design on paper to make sure your letter placement will fit on the link.
Wrap bracelet three times around a wrist (or oval bracelet mandrel) to determine best placement of components. Use a permanent marker or sharp pencil to mark spots to punch holes.
Turn the rotary end of the leather hole punch to 2.5mm. Carefully center the punch on the bracelet, and punch holes.
For each component, set the rivet post (bottom) on steel block, add the leather bracelet and metal component, then place the cap onto the post. Place the rounded end of the rivet setter over top of rivet cap. Tap rivet setter with brass hammer 1-3 times. Check rivet to make sure it is securely set. See the rivet setter illustration for details.
Use BeadFix™ or a toothpick of 2-part epoxy to attach the snap cap. (Let dry.)
For this design, I made sure the placement of the 11mm beaded Bali-style spacers looked good together no matter which snap is snapped, and I added a few 8mm twist spacers at the back side of the bracelet, to accent the spiral snap cap.