For the Love of Leather Jewelry
There used to be a time when I only used leather in my jewelry-making projects as a way to back my bead embroidery. Not anymore! Now that leather jewelry is hitting fashion runways everywhere, I'm indulging in my love of creating jewelry using leather cord, scrap leather, and "licorice" leather available in so many local bead shops. Need some ideas for how to get started using leather in your beaded jewelry-making projects?
If you're going to use leather for your bead embroidery or even in your bead-weaving projects, it's always important to make sure you have the right beading tools and beading supplies. My must-have list of beading supplies for using with leather include glover's needles, a good glue, and some sort of hole punch for working successfully with leather. If you decide that you've totally fallen in love with making leather beaded jewelry, you'll want to make sure you invest in a few of these! Those of us that do a lot of bead embroidery probably already have some of these beading tools hanging around.
Next, if you're looking for some ideas of how you can combine leather and seed beads, Michelle Mach has a few helpful suggestions for you. It really isn't difficult to find a way to mix leather and beads, including seed beads. Stretch your creative muscles a bit and try including leather as a focal point for a pendant, as fringe for a beaded necklace, or just to string a few easy peyote stitch beaded beads.
When you're ready to dive in and start working with leather, I've got three great leather jewelry-making projects posted here on Beading Daily that you can use to learn all about working with leather:
- My Leather Bubble Bead Cuff Bracelet uses a yummy piece of licorice leather along with colorful drop beads to make a funky bangle bracelet.
- Try your hand at wire embroidery when you mix it up with my mixed media copper and wire embroidery bracelet making project.
- Practice making smooth wire wraps with Jodi Bombadier's Leather Loops bracelet making project.
Can't get enough leather and bead jewelry-making projects? You'll love the new Leather Jewelry special issue from the editors of Beadwork magazine! Inside, you'll find great leather jewelry-making projects from some of your favorite bead artists. Think that leather can only be used for making bracelets or pendants? You'll find projects for beaded necklaces and earrings made with leather, too! Whether you stitch it, wrap it, embellish it, or string it, get your copy of the new Leather Jewelry and learn how to love leather jewelry!