Aluminum Leather Bracelet

by Patrick P.
(State Collge, PA)

Aluminum Leather Bracelet by Patrick P  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Folded Bracelet

Forged aluminum clasp, found flange with aluminum tube rivet.

Aluminum riveted forged curled-clasp with a hand forged, aluminum riveted clasp bar.

Aluminum is a soft (which I knew) metal, so two of the rivets spread-out a few millimeters.

Aluminum Leather Bracelet by Patrick P  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Front of Bracelet

This is the first time I made a clasp that was not store-bought.

Of course, with anything made for the first time, you find out later what works and what does not.

I am self-taught, so some of the technical aspects do not present, until I am in the middle of making something.

However, this is the first time making a simple clasp, and the second time I riveted.

Aluminum Leather Bracelet by Patrick P  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Full Length of Bracelet

I really wanted all aluminum.

Even if the tone or hue is washed out, I tried to make up the difference with a hammered texture.

Overall, I am extremely pleased, however, not sure if I would use aluminum for rivets.

I WILL use aluminum for the bar and the curl.

Aluminum Leather Bracelet by Patrick P  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Curled End of Clasp

It is easy to work with, and I like the texturing better than if I used silver or copper.

Patrick P

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  • Patrick, thanks so much for sharing your learning curve with the aluminum elements in this bracelet. I love this innovative clasp, and the value contrast between dark leather and brght metal. A very striking piece that’s sure to get noticed when it’s being worn!

  • Patrick P. says:

    Thank you very much!

  • Susan Dorling says:

    I really like this striking and very interesting bracelet. I’ve never seen a design quite like it!

  • Michelle C says:

    I love the clasp design so much I would definitely wear it in the front! Great work!

  • Patrick Purcell says:

    Thank you all for the compliments. And, you know what, the clasp would work on the front. 🙂 Thanks for the idea. I may just do that now! As I said, I am self-taught, so any insight, or tips, please let me know. There is another bracelet I made, that one was the top of a pipe cap. That one was my very first one that I used copper rod to make rivets.

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