Quick and Easy Leather Jewelry Making Finishing Techniques
When working with leather, there are a few ways you can finish the ends to create a wearable piece of leather jewelry. Most of the options fall under the term “cold connections.” To follow are some cold connections done in a fashionable way, creating jewelry we really want to wear!
Terra Haute Wrap Bracelet, by Arlene Kauffman, makes great use of a button for its closure.
The bracelet shows a very on-trend way to add beads to leather cording. A button closure is stitched into the beadwork. And a button held into place with knots in the leather cording. Brilliant and simple!
Pharaoh’s Finery offers another example of these same principles – Czech pyramid beads are stitched to leather cording, along with seed beads, a loop is made within the beadwork and a button added for the closure.
Pharaoh’s Finery bracelet design is also available in a kit which comes complete with all the beads and supplies you need to complete a bracelet of your own.
Spring Acorn Wrap Bracelet, by Cynthia Deis, is a personal favorite thanks to the bright colors. Leather is wrapped with waxed linen, not only making a great accent it also helps secure the loop for the acorn button. The acorn button is also secured with a knot and a dab of our next cold connection, glue.
In Brookside Blooms, by Danielle Fox, glue is used to connect the leather cording to an end cap. Beads are strung onto the cords and glue used again to finish the other ends of the cording.
Boho Bangle, by Pamela Kearns. incorporates a few handmade components – a beaded wrap, metal, and wire accents. The ends of the leather cord are then glued into cord ends.
Owl Wrap Bracelet, by Lorelei Eurto, is clean and simple. Wire is wrapped around the ends of the leather cording and a loop fashioned.
Riding Day Earrings, by Cindy Kinerson, simply uses a jump ring to join the ends of leather strips together; these earrings are quick and easy to whip up.
Cord ends were glued then compressed against the leather cords, holding them in place as the closure for Leather with Cheerios Necklace, by Deb Huber.
My PC Necklace, by Yelisa Rojas, highlights fabulous polymer clay beads. Leather cording is used throughout, with wire and end caps creating the connections and closure.
Cinnamon Twist Necklace, by Cynthia Deis, brings glue and compression together in one design. The center section of the necklace is created by gluing multiple cord ends into end caps. The necklace ends are finished by compressing cord ends into place.
In just these few examples we’re able to see how easy it is to finish leather into fashionable jewelry we really want to wear today. Have a cold connection or other finishing method you like to use when creating leather jewelry? Please leave a comment below or upload your design to our member gallery.