How to Attach a Concho

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Conchos, silver decorative pieces for leather, are used to embellish saddles, boots, belts or holsters. Conchos were introduced by Native American's centuries ago. Early conchos were made from shells and stones and later, hammered silver dollars strung leather. Conchos are found at leather retailers, farm outfitting stores and online. Attaching a concho depends on the type of backing it has.

Things You'll Need

  • Leather item
  • Keyhole punch
  • Pliers
  • Hammer
  • Washcloth

Screw Back Concho

  • Punch a hole in the leather, using a keyhole puncher, a bit smaller than the diameter of the concho screw. This allows for a tight fit.

  • Screw the concho through the hole until the back of the concho is flush with the leather. The screw end should stick out of the back of the leather.

  • Place the screw cap on the screw and tighten with pliers.

Rivet-Back Concho

  • Punch a hole in the leather, using a keyhole puncher, a bit smaller than the diameter of the concho rivet. This allows for a tight fit.

  • Push the rivet through the hole until the back of the concho is flush with the leather.

  • Turn the leather over, line up the back piece with the stem and hammer the rivet until it is flat against the leather. Place a washcloth over the rivet to protect the leather from the hammer.

Slotted Concho

  • Thread the leather strap through the top hole of the concho from behind.

  • Bring it back through the bottom hole from the front. The leather strap should show in the front of the concho.

  • Pull the end of the strap to tighten the fit and slide the concho up or down the strap to the desired position.

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