Cufflinks add a touch of elegance to anyone who wears them. Read the article below to know how to make your own cufflinks.

How To Make Your Own Cufflinks

When it comes to men’s fashion, cufflinks hold a special place. No suits are complete without a pair of trendy cufflinks. As usual, the French, in terms of fashion, showed that they are second to none. So, every shirt that comes with French cuffs requires cufflinks. Buttons are for the common and unfashionable, but for those with taste, cufflinks are what matters. The cufflinks, though for the most part remains out of sight, is still a fashion accessory that is as important as, say, socks. Cufflinks owns its origins to the ‘cuff strings’ that were used to tie the shirt sleeves. Then came colored glass buttons that were linked by short chains. This gave way to two heavily decorated studs, mostly diamonds, which was linked by a gold chain. Thus was born the cuff link, which is now available in numerous types of materials and designs. Cufflinks are worn with shirts that have buttonholes on both sides of the cuff but without any buttons. With cufflink nowadays being more of a style statement than a necessity, making your own cufflinks is an excellent way to show your taste without being heavy on the pocket. You can create attractive cufflinks that not only complements your suit but also shows off your attitude.
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Cufflinks Making Tips 
Button Cuff Links
Materials Required
  • Thin bendable wires or paperclips.
  • Fabric scraps
  • Two buttons for decoration
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Using a 4-inch long wire, thread the button.
  • Secure the button in place by twisting the wire twice.
  • Now glue the fabric scraps onto the wire and allow the glue to dry. Trim the sides of the fabric-covered wire to 1 inch in length using the wire cutter.
  • Then trim the fabric width with the scissors.
  • Insert the wire ends through the buttonholes on the cuff and twist the wires back. 
Plug Cufflinks
Materials Required
  • UTP plugs
  • Thin pair-wires
  • Crimping pliers 
  • Cut a cable about 2 inches in length. This cable will be the loop that will go through the cuff.
  • Twist the cable into a loop. The loop shouldn’t be too big and it should sit tight on the cuffs.
  • Now untwist the wire a little so that it can be inserted into the plug.
  • Crimp off the cufflinks with the pliers. 
Making The Backings 
  • Take a long piece of wire, about 4 inches and fold it once.
  • Before attaching it to the other piece, fold it again.
  • Now insert the cufflink wires through the cuffs and then insert the backing wire through the cufflink loops.
  • Twist the backing wire to secure the cuffs in place. 
Bottle Cap Cufflinks
Materials Required
  • 2 bottle caps
  • 2 cufflink findings
  • Epoxy resins
  • Sandpaper 
  • Take two matching soda bottle caps. If you want a different look, you can use two different colored or shaped bottle caps.
  • Wash the bottle caps thoroughly with soap and water and keep for drying.
  • Now use a sandpaper to smoothen the rough edges.
  • Turn the bottle cap so that it faces down.
  • Prepare the epoxy resin and fill the 2/3rd of the cavity of the bottle cap with it. Allow the resin to dry.
  • Attach the cufflink finding on the centre of the cap on top of the dried resin and pour in more resin.
  • Take care to keep the cuff link finding straight. If possible, let someone hold the finding while you pour the resin.
  • Leave for overnight for the resin to cure.

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