Once I have my bracers cut out, it’s time to punch holes and set eyelets. To get a sturdy and good looking eyelet set, you have to have the right tools. First I punch the holes with a punch set. It would be okay if the punch set is slightly bigger than the eyelet…however, if you go too big, the eyelets will not be able to be set correctly. If you go too small, you won’t be able to put the eyelet through the hole. To actually set the eyelet, you will get the best result with a setter that is the exact correct size for the size eyelets that you have. Also, eyelets come in different stem lengths. If your stem length is too long, it will be a much bigger challenge to get a good set. If the stem is too short, it won’t reach all the way through the piece of leather. Although setting eyelets can take a little bit of practice, having the correct tools will get you most of the way there.
Written by Lance Lewis
One unique thing about me: I have never worked for anyone else, but instead began my first business when I was 17 and still in high school. I ran that business for 31 years. I have started three other businesses of which I am still involved with two of those: leatherworking and video production. Working for myself has it's advantages and disadvantages, but it's all I know and it's always allowed me to pursue my passions!