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Solar Power Riveted Leather Bracelet Tutorial
Created by: Polly Nobbs-LaRue
Empty and rinse the aluminum cans.
Carefully use metal shears to cut the tops off aluminum cans (eliminate all the sharply curved portions). Pick a spot that doesn't have patterns you want to use, and snip from the top down to the bottom, then cut the bottoms off the cans. This gives you a large rectangle of aluminum that you can insert into a disk cutter, and punch desired portions.
Use a disk cutter to cut a wide variety of disks that showcase the words, patterns and colors you want for your bracelet. (For this solar power bracelet, I selected the words "Ginseng", "Taurine" and Vitamins B3 and B6. 7/16" and 1/2" disks worked well with the sizes of gears I selected from the assortment.)
Lay out your pattern. On the back of the leather bracelet, mark the spots to punch. (This bracelet uses 13 aluminum can and metal gear sandwiches, 1.5" apart, plus a few smaller gears added later.) Punch all the spots.
To protect the thin aluminum pieces, make sandwiches using 1 solid gear at the back, and the same size cutout gear on top.
With the 3 stacked neatly together, punch each set using the piercing side of the Crafted Findings riveting system.
This system was designed for use with metal, but can work with leather, too. When riveting items to leather, we recommend placing a small bead on the back side for security.
Select the longest rivet (5/32") from the assortment, place it through the sandwich, the bracelet, and then a copper flower bead. The tip should extend 1mm-2mm past the bead. If it doesn't, grab a different length. If you are using thicker components, you may need