Leather Mystery Braid CuffJan 24, 2022
Hi I'm Chuck Dorset for Weaver Leather Craft Supply let's make a cool
braidcup and these are super popular because it seems impossible it doesn't seem like it should work it's so easy and I'll show you exactly how it works now with most Out of our tutorials, we're only going to make a simple mug, but we use this as a starting point for a hundred different directions. I love
braids and I put them in a lot of places first, mystery braid belts are one of my favourites, but also wooden handles or gun case handles or bag handles because it's such a comfortable feel in the hand and it will hold up a good amount of weight now can wear all types of
leatherbut we need to stay above a four to five
leatheri need a bit of body with it because if i go light my threads are going to curl as i move to through the braid and it won't look really neat and consistent but if you have a beautiful leather it's two ounces maybe three ounces just hit the backing and it will work just as well so again jumping from the point now this is the thing , though with our leather weights we're going to use a four to five ounce natural vegetable can this is three quarters of an inch wide and I'll show you in a minute while we're going to go with three quarters and I've cut this to u nas 12 inches which gives me a lot of room so the first thing we need to do is take a measurement on our wrist now you can take a tape if you don't have a tape just take a piece of thong or lace wrap it around my wrist , that's my wrist measurement now one thing here I need to add a little bit of distance for two reasons firstly I don't want this tight on my wrist I want it to be a little loose but secondly when I do a braid is going to chew up some space so i need to add some room for error there so my wrist should be around a seven so i'm going to add an inch to that now this can be confusing but I'm going to keep an eye on our 8 inches on my wrist plus one inch on.
It's my plug to plug measurement and not my plug end that's confusing but I'll show you what I mean. I'll show you how to keep an eye on that, so let's go ahead and measure our leash. inch past this snap so I have room to make my round end punch so we're going to come in from the end of our square root of one inch that's our first snap hole now that's why this can be confusing now if I'm going to go to my wrist 7 plus 1 is 8. I'm going to start here and go to 8 inches that's going to be wrong because my snap to snap distance needs to be 8 so I'm going to move that back to there now.
I'm going to place 8 and then I'm going to mark my end and I'm going to trim that so it's a nice clean fit now we're going to drill a round hole and a round end punch and that's going to make this look very professional now, of course the tool is always preferable, the rounded punch makes it very neat, but you can also cut by hand and it won't be perfect. but it certainly will be pretty close my ends are clean and drilled now we're going to take an 8 inch round hole because we're going to use a snap here and a snap the post is going to fit nicely in the 1/8 inch hole it's going to be a little tight which is perfect very clean we are one step closer so clean and professional now we need parallel lines down the middle of our strap to make our braid two ways we can do we are going to use a leather lace gun which makes it very neat and easy, it's a great tool to have on your shot, but if you don't have that tool, I'll show you how to cut two parallel lines by hand and it's relatively easy.
So a quick overview of this tool. This is a leather shoelace separator. What I can do is place a blade between each of these plates. one to a quarter inch one and a half inches which for three quarter inch straps are going to be perfect measurements now i can take my mic up and i could pull there let's see how those two blades the leather will sit on those two blades i can draw this through look at that to clean up parallel cuts how easy was that but if you don't have the tool let's cut one by hand now a couple of tricks to cut by hand.
I'll show you each one first though if you've ever tried to make a single cut let alone two cut a thin piece of leather it can be very difficult very frustrating to show you exactly how to alleviate that problem now we have to measure let's start there so I'm going to take my square I'm going to come in three quarters of an inch or a half inch it's up to you now I'm going to make a mark at a quarter inch and a half inch now we're going to flip the strap Square to my edge come in three quarters inch dial in a quarter dial in the half okay so they're dialed in now here's two great tricks early on a piece of scrap the same thickness or less so I can shore up my fastball If I don't have the edge I press down.
The straight edge will appear. Second though, I'm going to get a squirrel cut and some super-needed anti-slip tape because I don't want it to move up, down, left or right. I need a nice clean cut now I'm going to cut to the marks closest to me but I'm going to leave a little bit of space there so the pressure is on the belt and not on this piece of scrap now I'm lined up now I'm going to cut the entire cut back up to the marks closest to me because i can see now a big hack on your blade blade new blade sharp every project every time and this is the point there if i can't make a cut a single cut through this and cut I'm going to need to do multiple cuts but here's the best thing I'm doing when doing multiple cuts I'm getting less pressure and more control so I'm trading pressure for control and that's always a good call now I'm going to keep my blade angle well and i love it it's going to do two things to keep me from skipping by square and well ending up bad but secondly because if i make several cuts my blade will follow the previous cut nice cut very clean parallel just right what I'm looking for, okay, let's get that out of the way a little bit, let's frame our marks. add some pressure and plan to make two cuts or even three if we need a very clean cut by hand good edges parallel lines this already looks great let's go over here and braid this now it will seem confusing to begin with but you won't see exactly where I'm going with it all first and foremost nail in my table best friend worst enemy i only have nail holes so i can put a nail in but then i can remove it when i'm done so don't put my hand or my project through it, ok let's go back a step, although we're going to do a three strand braid for those of us who haven't done a braid it's pretty simple all I'm going to do so I'm going to take my right strand crossed over the middle strand becomes the middle left over middle becomes middle right over center left over center Pretty easy Three strand braid but what I don't really like is this little ravine here for me q That seems strange to me, so I tend to go under for my first under corner. underneath now that tends to look a little more consistent to me a little bit cleaner ok we're doing the same thing here three strand braid but we need to count our turns now this won't make sense right now but again it you will do.
Look where I'm going with this. I'm going to do four laps. I am a detangler. Then I'm going to do two laps. You want to have to take this step when you get used to this but if you notice my right granny going down so when I part everything there's my right strand I'm going to take the barb up and down around right now there's still a mess but we've only done four turns so there's a number five and a number six now i just pull t the hose apart and it wants to jump through there's a set now i can let it go it's not going to untwist me but here there's the big thing because I need space every four and then every other loop to untangle what I have to do is start real tight two three four now I take my tab I'm going to go up and loop around that thread number five number six then I'm just going to pull of that there's a game ok second game one two three four now I'm going to spread that I'm going to take my tab to go up and down basically I'm going to go around the right strand there's the number five and the number six, to now here is one of the keys.
I want to get as many games in my cup as I possibly can that's one game and it doesn't look very good there are two games we're going to be working on here it looks pretty good but if by chance I can get three games it looks great , a little more flexible, either you might be able to achieve that, but for now let's keep it simple, shall we? I've got two sets here I'm going to take this I'm going to flip it on my nail Now I'm going to relax the braid I don't have to breathe again I don't have to untangle it because you I'll see that this braid will feed this braid but now I'm reversing that so I'm going down the center over the center and again I loosen up a little bit but you can see how this braid is feeding this braid right now that's actually pretty consistent but let's go ahead and flip this on our nail and we can flip this as many times as we want It doesn't matter as long as our braid is consistent so I'm just going to sharpen it up a bit there which looks really nice now we have one more step.
I'm going to take the
cuffand run it around the edge of my paper. This will set the braid. It's going to soften it up a little bit and it's going to make the braid a little more consistent, well it looks pretty good, nice braid, so the last thing we're going to do is draw a twenty-four line and that's it. well that looks great happy with it so far if you want to move on to doing the mystery braid belts and go up to maybe an 8 to 9 9 to 10 you can let the leather make it much easier on your hands , just be careful because it's very easy to ding those top corners and it starts to look a little rough so setting up the snapshots we're going to use two very common snapshots where we're going to see two we're going to use a 20 align and align 24 line 20 goes up to about five to six outputs or so and lines up 20 from five to six outputs up to around eight to nine pretty much the maximum, but we're going to use a 24 line because it's a very easy plugin to set up and we're going to using line 24 in a lighter weight simply because it will be a little easier to see but it will work the same way now that I have the plugins set here so line 20 line 24 you can see the difference in cap size and the difference in the depth of the post we're going to go with a 24 simply because it's easier to see now that I have these outfits in groups with a 24 line here's the big thing if I mix these two feminine pieces it doesn't matter they're going to bite everything I'm on doing here is riveting the female piece on the strap to either the front or rear post so i tend to start with the rear drop which is on my slab or my marble now i'm going to take this piece that has the inner flange now again if i reverse these are not a big deal but this is how they are normally set in line 24 setter.
I'm going to leave that right in the post. Give that to good, clean pops. Now he is still spending a little. I don't want to hit them so hard. that I hit it next week because that's going to attract the bridle and the snap won't bite. I just need it on my strap enough that it doesn't twist and I don't know if you can see it but that post has just curled in now we lay our back flat we're going to take the other side of our cap and we're going to put that on our anvil so we don't get crushed sh that but here's something that can be confusing and i'll show you why now this is a mug so my complement and it's not so beautiful that it's one of our teal teal or turquoise from Wade anyway i'm going to be wrapping this around my wrist instead of the two pieces coming together lets say if i were to make a keychain now we need to pay attention to that but almost always his cap will go to his top grade so I'm going to flip that over and take my female it's the same as the back of the good pops that keep turning a little bit more and we've got a really nice tight snap on it so it's pretty easy but talking about the key ring again if we want what is this comes together, simply take the back piece and turn it around.
So your two females are together and they bite well. That's just beautiful. Now it's one thing to set snaps. Think outside of your project here because if you pop a snap on your favorite bomber jacket, bag, tote, duffel bag, you can replace your own snap. your own store in two minutes and a penny is ok the downside is you will become very popular with friends and neighbors and relatives and maybe that's information you should keep to yourself but anyway its simple but use this as a starting point in a hundred different directions, I hope. you make some great
cuffs, good luck with your projects.
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