Jewelry Making: How to Make Cufflinks
A pair of cufflinks can raise the style quotient of any cuffed dress shirt. Making your own pair lets you specifically express your style at a black-tie event or whenever you wear a shirt with French cuffs. Custom cufflinks also can be given as gifts for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries or for your groomsmen at your wedding. To make cufflinks for yourself or someone special you'll need to track down the specialized jewelry finding they require at a craft shop or online merchant as well as two of a small item that perfectly reflects his personality or interests.
Things You'll Need
- Super glue
- Cufflink findings
- Small flat-backed items
Select the type of cufflink backings you would like to use. For a more casual look, standard base-metal backings with gold- or silver-tone plating are sufficient. If you are making them for a formal occasion or special gift, choose sterling silver or gold backings.
Select the type of decorative piece you want for your cufflinks. These decorations can be flamboyant, conservative or nostalgic. Work with old coins, rhinestones, Scrabble tiles, small plastic building bricks, buttons or almost anything you can think of as long as the back is flat or can flattened. Keep the decorative pieces to under 1/2 inch across so they can fit through the holes on the cuff of a shirt.
Glue each decorative piece to the flat side of the cufflink backing with super glue.
Wait at least 24 hours for the glue to dry.
- If you are making the cufflinks as a gift, you can sew buttonholes into fabric or felt and link them through for a nice presentation.