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How to Use a Strap Tip End
Strap tip ends are great for adding professional finishing touches to leather designs. They include open loops to make it easy to attach clasps or jump rings of your choice. Learn how to attach strap tip ends to your leather pieces and enhance your jewelry designs. The same technique can also help you add focals to leather! All you will need are strap tip ends, compression rivets, a hole punch, a rivet setter and a bench block and hammer.
Cut your leather to the desired length. We cut ours approximately six inches long. Remember, the strap tip end will add some length and you can add jump rings as an extender if you wish. Position the strap tip end to the location where you want to attach it to the leather.
Mark where the hole of the end is on your leather using a pencil.
Punch a hole in the position marked with a leather punch.
Position the post of a compression rivet through the hole from the back of the leather.
Place the strap tip end over the rivet post on the front of the leather.
Place the cap over the post of the rivet and squeeze them together tightly.
Place your leather on a bench block, with the edge of the strap tip end hanging over so that it sits flat on the surface of the block.
Position a rivet setter over your rivet cap and tap it with a hammer or a mallet to set the rivet.
Repeat these steps on the other end of the leather strip. You can use the same compression rivets to secure focal designs to the center of the bracelet. Finish the design with jump rings and a clasp.