By Recycled Crafts Contributor, Anitra from the blog “Coffee Pot People”.
Have you noticed how popular cuffs are these days? It seems as though you see them everywhere. There’s a lot to like about them–a fun new fashion to try, the way a wide band can disguise a rather knobby wrist (mine), and the fact that men and boys are wearing them, because it gives us another gift option for the guys.
I decided to try making some, using recycled belts. This is what you’ll need if you decide to try it yourself:
- A belt with at least two rows of grommets down its length
- Electrical wire (Note: The toaster doesn’t have enough. Old computers are a good source.)
- Cord end findings (I’m using the spring type, but other styles would work as well.)
- A few links of chain
- A 1/2″ to 3/4″ lobster clasp
- Pliers and wire cutters
First cut a length of belt about 5″ long, with an odd number of grommet pairs. Five pair is good.
Now cut two pieces of wire, each a couple of inches longer than twice the length of the belt piece. Fold each piece gently into a “U” shape, and thread the ends through the first pair of grommets, from the underside of the cuff to the top:
Lace the ends of the wire down the length of the cuff, criss-crossing on top, going straight from hole to hole on the bottom:
Take the other piece of wire and do exactly the same thing, but start from the other end. You can use two colors of wire, as shown below, or a single color:
Slide a cord end on each end. If your cord ends are large enough, you can put both wire ends through one; otherwise, slide one on each of the four wire ends. You can join them together with the chain links.
Cut the wires off so they don’t show, and don’t get in the way of the open coil on the end, and then use your pliers to mash the last coil on the end nearest the cuff to clamp the cord end on. Give it a good tug to make sure you’ve clamped it tight enough, and if it slips, mash it a bit more.
Open up one link of your chain, and slip on the lobster clasp and cord end loop.
Use three to five links of chain for the other end of the cuff, and attach as you did the lobster clasp.
Some finished cuffs: