This DIY (do it yourself) kit will allow you to construct a 5-bell door strap using your bells.
This particular design is intended for small to medium sized bells that are all about the same size. This strap will not work for larger bells and will look awkward with bells that vary a lot in size -- look at our other DIY straps instead. The bells should be no larger than 1 3/4" across (size #6) for best appearance and function. Click "See more images" to see examples of this strap kit with bells installed.
It is also important to choose bells that sound nice when rung together -- not every group of bells will make beautiful music, even if each bell sounds great alone.
The backside of this piece is fully lined with a separate layer of smooth leather. The narrow top strap has been punched with slots for the bells. We make this sturdy bell strap from USA-tanned bridle leather and solid brass hardware.
To assemble this kit, you insert a bell into its slot on the narrow "bell strap", fasten the bell in place with a wire bell pin, and lace the narrow bell strap onto its wider lining strap. Repeat this process for the rest of the bells, and lastly attach the top ring with a screw fastener. See my assembly instructions and videos for more information.
For this particular kit, the bells can be shank bells that are fastened with bell pins or rivet bells that are fastened with machine screws. More about shank and rivet bells...
Overall length of the finished strap will be about 17 inches long, including the ring. The strap is 1 1/2" wide.
Kit includes the precut leather straps and these solid brass parts: five medium bell pins OR five sets of #10 machine screws and washers, one 2 1/2" ring, and one 1/4" Chicago screw fastener. Bells are not included.
Sold per kit.