Wednesday, November 7, 2012
CRAFT: Leather Leaves Necklace
You can find some hidden treasures at estate sales if you look hard enough (and Shannon is the master of estate sales, check out her 3-part guide to estate saling 101 HERE.) While rummaging through some things in the garage of at a local estate sale recently, I came upon a bag of leather scraps for dirt cheap. They were on a high shelf, sitting unassumingly among odds and ends. I grabbed them up as soon as I saw them and my mind began to churn with all the possibilities. You can buy bags of scrap leather at Hobby Lobby for pretty cheap, but you can't beat finding a bag of leather scraps at an estate sale for $3!
For my first leather project (ever!) I made this simple fall-themed leaf necklace. It's become my new favorite, I wear it with everything!
SUPPLIES: suede cord, 2 large jump rings, 2 beads, 1 head pin, scrap leather, round nose pliers, wire cutters, and a leather punch or Crop-A-Dile.
TWO: use your punch or Crop-A-Dile to punch a hole in the top of both leaves.
THREE: insert a large jump ring through the holes in your leaves but do not close.
FOUR: place your beads on your headpin.
FIVE: wrap your headpin around your round nose pliers to make a loop, then wrap the end around the pin a couple more times and clip the excess. Insert the loop onto your open jump ring with your leaves and close the jump ring with your round nose pliers.
SIX: string some suede cord through your second jump ring and close it around your first jump ring. Tie a knot in your cord to close.
This necklace is so perfect for fall, and it goes with everything! Have fun playing with your bead colors to personalize it to your wardrobe.