It should come as no surprise that somebody who’s into D/s might also be into working leather. What might surprise you is that, while I started the hobby after getting into D/s, I’ve never really gone out of my way to make bondage gear or implements. I’ve made a couple of paddles, but mostly I tool and carve and stitch to relax, or make functional things I need like phone cases and key fobs. In fact the most recent thing I made was a special splint for an injured finger when I discovered that nobody in town had one in the shape I needed.
Last week in chat over at The SafeworD/s Club, SassyMagpie mentioned a cool bracelet idea. She said her friend (shoutout to Sir_Wieland!) makes them. You wear it like a heavy leather bracelet, but at any time you can split it apart, fold it over, and turn it into a pair of handcuffs.
I was… intrigued. I had to make one!
They say you should never apologize for your art so I’m not going to. This was an experiment and all I can see are the flaws in my approach to Sir_Weiland’s design and the mistakes I made in construction. But if you don’t see them, I’m not going to ruin your enjoyment. Without further ado, here are the pics.
The design of the bracelet is simple: a long wide strap with a split down the middle, and two snaps at the ends. I carved a rose design on it to see if a pattern spanning both straps would still look good when the straps were together.
It was drying on the rack, almost done, at the start of chat and partway through I told everyone I was taking Beth outside to model it so I could take pictures.
Here’s my lovely wife, sub, assistant, and now hand-model, StillBeth.
And now for the view you’ve been waiting for… let’s see them in action:
I was pretty nervous about showing this to folks in chat, but I needn’t have gotten my ego so worked up about it. Beth’s Little friends saw these pictures and had the following to say:
- I guess MisterMan really did take Beth out back to take pictures!
- OMG BETH HAS CUTE KNEES!
- Hey, Beth keeps her phone in her left front pocket like me!
Ohhhh, Littles. You darlings have your priorities straight. 😀 😀 😀
If you have questions about the construction, please let me know. I don’t make leather crafts for money, but if you want the pattern or have a question about the construction, feel free to give me a holler. I learned a lot from this one and will probably make Beth another one in a completely different style soon. Either way if you want to make your own I’d be happy to pass along some of the lessons I learned with this one.