There is an absolutely necessary step when working with leather strip bracelets (those which do not use glue-on end caps. Usually a rivet is used to hold the folded over leather together.  But not everyone wants to rivet. So check out this clever tutorial by Caroline Dewison over on Art Jewelry Elements where she used headpins instead of rivets to finish leather bracelets.

The glass headpins were used to first go through a prepared hole in the leather. The wire portion of the headpin is then used to wrap around the leather on both sides of the glass.  Caroline also used the same technique to embellish other parts of the bracelet.

The headpins were made by Jen Cameron, a glass artist.  An alternative to handmade glass headpins is to use a regular headpin or balled headpin and add metal and/or bead rondelles.

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