Helpful tips

How do you use a leather snap setter?

How do you use a leather snap setter?

Place the leather and snap you are working with on top of the anvil so that the cap rests in the concave. Place the snap setter in the tube of the socket. While holding the setter straight, hammer the end of it until the tube of the socket meets the cap and it’s secure.

What size snaps for leather?

Line 20 and 24 snaps are the most common in leatherwork. They have the same structure and are set in the same way, but line 24 snaps are bigger and more heavy duty than line 20 snaps. I use line 20 snaps for most of my leather projects.

What kind of setter do you need for leather?

A different snap setter is required for each size snap but the same dot anvil can be used for both sizes. The long posts are perfect for going through the thick 9 oz leather. This 1/8 inch thicker requres the longer snap post length. Eyelets are used to strengthen holes in thinner leathers.

What kind of tool do I need to cut spikes out of leather?

Both the mini punch set tool and rotary punch tool have the appropriate size tube hole cutters required for snaps, rivets and spikes. To make the cutting hole tubes last the longest, you will want to punch it through the leather into something soft.

What’s the best way to protect leather tools?

To protect your leather tools, it best to hit any setting tools or punches with a rawhide mallet or poly head mallet. You can use a metal hammer but over time the tops of the setting tools or punches will start to mushroom out. Read more…

What’s the best way to put a mini anvil on leather?

A wooden stump also makes a great solid base to put the mini anvil on. Once the rivet is in the leather, put it on the anvil and hit it with a metal hammer head. A hammer head that has a bit of convex shape works the best so it will not mark the leather like a flat hammer face would.