Hope everyone is having a good weekend. I’ve been asked a lot how to put studs, crystals and other decorations on a leather jacket, vest or saddlebags. So today I’ll tell you. Now, this is how you put them on anything leather, not just leather jackets, vest or saddlebags. Those are just the ones most people put them on.
But you can put them on dusters, pants, chaps, hats, motorcycle seats, anything at all made of leather. There are two different types of studs. The ones that most use and are simple to put on have two prongs on the bottom. All you do is make two small holes for the prongs to go through, then bend them over with some pliers.
The other type has a screw on back. You make a hole in the leather, push the stud through, then screw the bottom part in. Sort of like putting a nut on a bolt. The above youtube video shows how to put the prong type on your leather item. The guys a bit of a punk head, but he does a good job showing how to do it.
Now, if you want a real design on your leather jacket, you should use thin strips of masking tape to make an outline of what you want. Measure and make sure where the center and top is so you get the design just right. If your sure of where you want the studs, use a pencil to mark each spot. A lot of people just follow a seam, collar or something so they dont have to even mark it.
The prong type of stud is the most common to put on a leather jacket or leather apparel. The screw on type is normally used for more heavier items like leather saddlebags, travel bags and so on. You have to use a sharp object to poke a nice small hole through the leather for the prongs or shaft for the screw on type.
Your NOT going to be able to just push the prongs through the leather. If you can, you have one cheap-ass jacket! Most places that sell studs sell an x-acto type of knife used for it. I’ll list a place at the end of this post. First you push the prongs into the leather, making an impression in it. Then you take it off and use the knife to make a hole where the impression mark is.
Then you push the stud prongs through the holes. You have to make sure you get studs with long enough prongs to go through the leather and still have enough to bend over. Now holding the stud firmly against the leather take your pliers and bend the prong backward on the other side, inside, of the leather.
Make sure you bend it close to the leather to it’s nice and tight. Otherwise you’ll have a loose stud. Also if the stud is tight to the leather it stops water from leaking in. That’s all there is to it as far as prong type studs go. Now make sure you get quality studs made of nickel, brass or stainless steel.
The screw on type of stud is more heavier and rugged. To put them on a saddlebag or something like that you need a leather punch that will make a round small hole in the leather, more on where to get those later. Again measure and use tape or a pencil to mark where you want them. Then use the leather punch to make the hole, push the screw through and screw tight the stud, easy!
So where do you get the studs and tools? Well there are lots of places. You can google them to find some on the net. I myself like a place called E Leather Supply. They have lots of studs, concho’s, leather tools and items. But any place that seems to have quality leather hardware is fine.
So that wraps up my post on how to put studs on a leather jacket, or leather saddlebags. If you have any questions feel free to ask. Studs on a leather jacket, saddlebags or item look great, as long as you don’t overdo it, like the guy in the youtube video above!