I’m in love with these torched leather cuffs I made! I originally purchased the blanks because I wanted to paint on them, but when the time came for my monthly Bernzomatic Torch Bearer project, I switched gears. I loved the wide, smooth surface and wondered what would happen if I burned the edges. I used my Bernzomatic Trigger Start 3 in 1 Micro Torch ST2200 .
I’ll admit, it took me a few tries to arrive at this design. My original idea was to use my metal stamping tools, but the words didn’t come out as bold as I wanted.
So next, I decided to just old school doodle with a pen and then fill in with permanent markers.
BINGO – that was the trick! It really brought the cuff to life. To top these off, I used my metal stamping tools to make pewter charms from the front of each cuff. Overall, they came out soft with a weathered charm.
Supplies to Make Torched Leather Cuffs:
Goggles and gloves
Pewter charms, metal stamping tools (metal block, stamps, hammer, black marker, tape)
Nail and hammer (wood base)
Directions to Make Torched Leather Cuffs
Set the cuff on a heat resistant surface, put on the goggles and gloves.
Time to light the torch! Turn the torch upside down and fill with Bernzomatic butane, and you are good to go. The torch has several features I love – like the safety latch that must be switched down before any flame action begins. It also has a dial on the side you can adjust the length of the flame. And, lastly, there is a button on the side for a continuous flow. When you first buy this specific torch, it comes with an attachment that fits over the front – that turns it into a soldering tool!
Dial the flame to medium, then click down the safety latch and press the trigger to start the flame. Glide the torch in swift strokes across the edges of the cuff. Don’t touch the cuff to move it, instead, move the base. If you want, you can move the flame in fast strokes across the top of the cuff as well to achieve a smoky look all over the surface of the cuff.
Keep in mind that the torch will dry out the leather and make it curl a little. Let the cuff cool and then you can play with it to flatten it out again. I actually like that it becomes soft and pliable.
You can them color on the cuff, or if you want, you can color if before you add the flame element. I used the marker AFTER I torched the top cuff in the picture below. The center one, I colored BEFORE. So you can see there really isn’t a difference. The bottom cuff, I just torched the edges.
Then I used my metal stamping tools for the pewter bezel. The cuffs looked great without the charms, but I like that little bit of “extra,” you know?
I set the cuff on a block of wood and used a nail and hammer to make a hole to insert a brad to connect the charm to the front of the torched leather cuff.
They came out so vibrant and definitely have a bohemian vibe.
The cuff that has the scissor charm, that’s the one where I tried to stamp in the leather. It didn’t quite work so I just colored a heart and added the scissor charm to cover. I’m going to try the leather stamping method again with some other techniques. It’s going to take some experimenting, which I love!
Thanks for checking out my Torched Leather Cuff project, and thank you to Bernzomatic for the opportunity to dive into the world of torches!
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