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Faux leather cuff

Using polymer clay make a monochromatic cuff with stamped impressions to create the look of carved leather.

The toggle clasp helps the cuff keep its shape without spreading.


bracelet 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)

  • 2 oz. polymer clay
  • polymer clay glaze (optional)
  • toggle bar
  • 3–5 4–6 mm jump rings
  • 1½-in. (3.8 cm) circle cutter
  • ¾-in. (1.9 cm) flower cutter
  • black permanent marker
  • craft knife or tissue blade
  • drinking straw
  • 7½-in. (19.1 cm) circumference mandrel or glass bottle
  • pasta machine*
  • rubber stamp
  • ruler
  • soft cotton cloth
  • toaster oven*
  • wet sandpaper
  • 2 pairs of pliers

* Dedicated to the use of polymer clay

Photo A

1. Condition the block of clay.


2. Set the pasta machine to the second thickest setting, and roll a sheet about 7½ x 4½ in. (19.1 x 11.4 cm). Cut the sheet into three strips, each measuring about 7½ x 1½ in. (19.1 x 3.8 cm).


3. Stack two strips on top of each other, pressing gently so they stick together. Press the rubber stamp onto the top surface of the stacked clay strips. Repeat to cover the surface with stamped images as desired. Trim the edges of the strips so they are even with each other, and trim the ends to make them slightly rounded (PHOTO A)

Photo B

4. Press the rubber stamp onto the surface of the remaining clay strip as in step 3. From the strip, cut a 1½-in. (3.8 cm) circle with the circle cutter and two ¾-in. (1.9 cm) flowers with the flower cutter. Arrange the shapes on the surface of the stacked strips, and gently press them so they adhere to the strips (PHOTO B).

Photo C

5. Cut a flower at one end of the strips. Using the straw, cut a circle at the other end close to the edge (PHOTO C)

Photo D
Photo E

6. Wrap the strips around the mandrel or glass bottle to make a cuff, and leave it on the form while curing the clay. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, bake the clay in the toaster oven, and allow it to cool completely. If necessary, use a craft knife to cut apart the ends of the cuff.


7. Using wet sandpaper, sand the edges of the cuff, taking care not to sand the stamped surface. Let dry completely. If desired, briskly buff the whole cuff with a soft piece of cotton cloth to smooth the surface.


8. Color the edges and the inside of the cut flower shape with black permanent marker (PHOTO D). If desired, color the edges of the attached circle and flower shapes on the surface of the cuff.


9. If desired, apply a coat of polymer clay glaze following the manufacturer’s instructions.


10. Open a jump ring, attach it to the end of the cuff through the circle cut by the straw, and close the jump ring. Open a jump ring, attach the previous jump ring, and close it. Repeat for as many jump rings as desired, and attach the toggle bar to the end jump ring (PHOTO E).


Designer's notes:

I use the lid from a can of cooking spray as a mandrel. Use caution if you choose this method, as the lid is plastic and can melt.

When baking polymer clay at high altitudes, be sure to make adjustments, such as raising the oven temperature and baking for a longer period of time. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for your brand of clay. I live at 8,500 feet (2591 m) above sea level, and I bake Sculpey Premo at 280ºF (138ºC) for 25 minutes per ¼ in. (6 mm) thickness of clay.