Surprise, surprise! It’s Friday and guess what?! I’m here to share with you another project that I just LOVE!!! A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting at my dining room table making a feeble attempt to clean up. It’s been a mess of beads and craft supplies since the beginning of June. My daughter’s 4th grade class did a “marketplace” where the kids partnered up and were given a $200 budget (of fake money) and had to come up with things to sell. Of course my daughter and her friend did something crafty! Her friend made some really cool anime-style drawings and my girl made jewelry! Because of course she did!!! Anyway, she helped herself to my supplies but unfortunately did not clean up. So, (get to the point, Kelsy!) I was cleaning up and I got distracted and ended up making myself a similar necklace that I have been wearing nearly every day since. While this necklace is a different design, it’s the same basic style. I love mixing beads and leather, as I’m sure you already know and gold is super trendy right now! This necklace is a new fav!
20in – 2mm Brown Leather, 20LC156
12in – Beadalon Gold .018 19-strand 30ft Spool, 18FI854-30
12in – Artistic Wire 18 Gauge Tarnish Resistant Brass 4 Yards, 18CW854
9pc – TierraCast Charm Blank 11.5x16mm Bright Gold, TC2401-GL
10pc – TierraCast Nugget Heishi 7mm 2mm Inner Diameter Bright Gold, TC0450-GL
40pc – Vintage Venetian Seed Bead Greasy White #2 5/0, 5SV110-2
2pc – TierraCast Crimp Tube 2x2mm Bright Gold, TC0030-GL
2pc – Crimp Cover 4mm Gold, 4FI169-1G
1pc – TierraCast Classic Hook 16x33mm Bright Gold, TC6178-GL
1pc – Jump Ring Gold 12mm 13 Gauge 10pc/8 Gram, 12FI208-G
Complete supply list found HERE.
1) Trim two pieces of leather to 10 inches each (If you wish to have a longer finished necklace, use longer pieces of leather.) Fold the end of the leather over and wrap with 18ga craft wire four times. Trim excess wire and press down with a pair of pliers. Trim away any extra leather. (Images 1-3)
2) Cut a piece of beading wire to 10 inches. String a crimp bead onto the beading wire. Bring the end of the wire through the loop in the leather and back through the crimp bead. Use crimp bead pliers to secure the crimp and cover with a crimp cover. (Images 4-5)
3) String beads in the following order: two seed beads, heishi spacer, two seed beads, circle charm, two seed beads, heishi spacer and two seed beads. Continue to repeat pattern until all 9 circle charms have been used. (Images 6-8)
4) Connect the end of the beading wire to the second piece of leather as in Step 2, above. (Images 9-10)
5) At the end of the two pieces of leather, make loops as in Step 1, above. Add the hook to one side of the leather and the large jump ring to the other. (Images 11-12)
How easy is that?? I love using this type of wire-wrapped connection with leather. It’s so much prettier than commercial findings and really adds a handmade, yet finished look. You can use any type of clasp with this design and of course you can change up the beads too. With this technique, the possibilities are really endless. I have been wearing this necklace with Sahara Arrowhead Necklace featured in THIS blog post. They are just gorgeous together! This necklace is perfect for layering.
Hope you all have a crafty weekend!