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Different Types of Leather Hardware for Your Next Project

Different Types of Leather Hardware for Your Next Project

When crafting your own leather garments and accessories, you’ll often find yourself needing leatherworking hardware such as buckles, rivets, and more to really bring your project together. But the number of different bits and pieces available to you can become quickly overwhelming, especially if you’re not sure what something is used for. Here are a few different types of leather hardware to consider for your next project.

Leather Buckles

Of the different types of leather hardware, buckles are probably the most familiar because of how common they are, especially for belts. Buckles are a simple and elegant way to keep belts together. The little metal tongue in the middle of the frame simply goes through a hole in the leather and can be adjusted as the wearer likes.

Leather Rivets and Setters

Rivets are two-piece mechanical fasteners that join two pieces of material together. With double cap rivets, one side of the rivet has a rounded shaft and a domed head, while the other side, called the “tail,” has a matching rounded shaft that fits into the head. Another type of common rivet are copper rivets and burrs, where a burr is fitted tightly onto a post, often for saddlery and tack. Securing both ends of the rivet during the crafting process can be difficult, but special tools called setters were created to make the process far less frustrating. Rivets are often used in the creation of garments like jeans because they’re durable and long-lasting.

Leather Snap Setter/Remover

Snaps are like more complex rivets, featuring four separate pieces from the rivet’s two. This added complexity makes snaps capable of being easily fastened and unfastned, unlike rivets. Snaps are generally more ideal for daily use to secure leather coats or bags.

Like rivets, snaps have a special setter tool the same way rivets do, to make setting the snaps easier. This setter also requires you to have a hammer or mallet to set the snaps in place, and sometimes an anvil for domed snaps.

Foot Press Machine Setter

If the specialized hand tools for setting snaps and rivets are still too frustrating or inefficient, you can use a mechanical setter. A foot press machine setter can set rivets, snaps, eyelets, and grommets, allowing you to invest in a single tool rather than having to keep track of multiple tools. Mechanizing the process makes crafting much easier and more convenient and is worth consideration, especially if you are making your craft a part or full time job.

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