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!

KNOTS
Terra Haute Wrap Bracelet, by Arlene Kauffman, makes great use of a button for its closure.

Terra Haute Wrap Bracelet, by Arlene Kauffman. Leather Jewelry Making issue. Beads and chain wrapped with beading thread to form bracelet

Terra Haute Wrap Bracelet, by Arlene Kauffman

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!

Terra Haute Wrap Bracelet, by Arlene Kauffman. Leather Jewelry Making issue. Beads and chain wrapped with beading thread to form bracelet

Terra Haute Wrap Bracelet, by Arlene Kauffman

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.

Pharoaoh's Finery Bracelety, by Michelle Gowland. Czech pyramid beads and seed beads stitched to leather cording to form leather bracelet

Pharaoh’s Finery Bracelet, by Michelle Gowland

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.

Spring Acorn Wrap Bracelet, by Cynthia Deis. leather cording, contrasting waxed linen, lampworked bead

Spring Acorn Wrap Bracelet, by Cynthia Deis

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.

Brookside Blooms Bracelet, by Danielle Fox. Multiple cords glued into cord ends. Cord ends connected to clasp using jumprings.

Brookside Blooms Bracelet, by Danelle Fox

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.

Boho Bangle, by Pamela Kearns. Leather Jewelry Making issue. Cord ends glued into cord end finding

Boho Bangle, by Pamela Kearns

WIRE
Owl Wrap Bracelet, by Lorelei Eurto, is clean and simple. Wire is wrapped around the ends of the leather cording and a loop fashioned.

Owl Wrap Bracelet, by Lorelei Eurto. Cord ends wrapped with wire. Wire loop and wire clasp formed for clasp ends. Leather Jewelry Making issue

Owl Wrap Bracelet, by Lorelei Eurto

Then wire is used to create a clasp for the closure.
Owl Wrap Bracelet wire end and clasp. Leather Jewelry Making issue

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.

Riding Day Earrings, by Cindy Kinerson. Leather strips connected using a jumpring for a quick, easy and secure finish

Riding Day Earrings, by Cindy Kinerson

COMPRESSION
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.

Leather with Cheerios Necklace, by Deb Huber. Leather Jewelry Making issue. Leather glued and compresed into cord end findings

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.

MY PC Necklace, by Yelisa Rojas. Leather Jewelry Making issue. Cord ends compressed with wire and metal findings

My PC Necklace, by Yelisa Rojas

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.

Cinnamon Twist Necklace by Cynthia Deis, Leather Jewelry Making issue. Cord ends glued into cord end findings; cord ends compressed into cord end findings

Cinnamon Twist Necklace, by Cynthia Deis

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.

Yours Creatively,

blue_tammy

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