Fish Leather, Buttons and Crystal Cuff

These are the samples I made for the class I taught at the Craft and Hobby show in California earlier this month for John Bead.

“Learn how to turn a blank brass cuff bracelet into one of the trendiest accessories of the season. In this workshop, Carmi will be working with fish leather, an innovative, groundbreaking and eco friendly product from Brazil brought to the DIY market by John Bead. The hardness of the brass cuff combined with the softness of exotic leather will guarantee a unique one of a kind finished sample.”

I gave each student a template of the brass cuff in paper.  This made it easier to cut the fish leather.  Leave at least ¼ of an inch of extra leather around the template.

As an alternate, you could cut a piece of fish leather which has some unique curves.

Take the fish leather and brush a thin layer of quick grip across the backside.  Apply fish leather to brass cuff and gently rub to ensure you have good adhesion.  Let fish leather and glue dry for 20 minutes.  (longer if you had time would be best)

When glue has dried you can use your leather scissors to cut away extra leather from edges.

You can also use your template to build/create your button design.

The buttons you will be using are plastic and the button shank is easy to cut off.  Cover the button when you cut so the shank doesn’t fly away…into anyone else.

Glue your buttons to your cuff.  Take your time and allow the Quick Grip Glue to dry for a few minutes when adding layers and working on a curve.

You can glue on crystals if you like or use your hot fix applicator to attach Preciosa Hot Fix crystals.

Your final step will be to glue your ultra suede strip to the inside of the cuff.

What we used in the class.

 75135101-09 – Second Skin 100% Fish Leather Fuchsia Suede

25435001 – Brass Cuff Bracelets Flat Band

75727560-02 – Ultra Suede Cuff Bracelet Fuchsia



438HF300001 – Preciosa Hot Fix VIVA12 12pcs


74509609 – Dazzle-It Hot Fix Applicator with 8 Tips- Electric-Pink

Quick Grip Glue!

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