- Work in a well ventilated area. Do not get any glue on your skin. Wear appropriate protective equipment and
clothing such as eye protection, rubber gloves, respirator, etc.
- Follow all of the glue manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
- Make sure your glue is fresh! The shelf life of most cyanoacrylate adhesives is only one year!
Ensure that any leather conditioner applied to the braided leather strand (strand) is completely dry before gluing.
- Measure and Cut Braided Strand to Length:
Measure the length of the strand that you require for the bracelet size. Use a 1/8 inch wide piece of masking tape to wrap
around the strand at the middle of the cut point. Carefully cut the strand at the middle of the masking tape to
ensure that each strand end is secured with a 1/16 inch wide piece of masking tape. I do not normally remove
the masking tape to insert the strand end into the clasp.
- Crimp the Strand Ends and Test for Fit:
o For the best hold possible, ensure that the strand end with the masking tape to be glued is larger than the
opening of the clasp. To temporarily crimp a round braid you may like to use a tool such as this. For a flat
braid I compress the strand end with pliers or by using a vice.
Place the crimped strand ends into a clasp without any glue to ensure that it will easily fit into the opening of the clasp.
- Glue each Strand End into the Clasp:
o Although there are many good types of glue in the market place, I use “Super T” Glue available at Lee
Valley Tools. Note that this glue has a shelf life of one year.
o Use only a small drop of glue for small clasps and a drop or two for larger clasps. Do not over glue!!
Evenly distribute the glue on the strand end by moving the strand end in an small “in and out” and “twisting
motion” for just a couple of seconds. Do not remove the strand end right out of the clasp. Remember,
Super T glue bonds in 10 to 25 seconds so work quickly!
o Push and hold the strand tightly into the clasp for several seconds while waiting for the glue to bond and
o Do not get glue on the exterior of the clasp, as it will react with the silver plate causing a permanent
o Glue one strand end first and then once the glue is set you may glue the other strand end.
- Adjust Fastener:
The “fastener” part of your clasp may be squeezed in a very tight position making it difficult to operate the clasp. To
adjust, carefully lift up the underneath of the fastener with a flat-head screwdriver in tiny increments until the
fastener part of the clasp works perfectly for you.